COLUMBUS, OH -- Environmental groups across the Midwest applaud the Public Utility Commission of Ohio’s approval of the groundbreaking AEP Ohio electric vehicle charging station program today. The Commission’s action sets the stage for AEP’s charging station program that will give customers confidence they can easily and conveniently charge their electric vehicles throughout the Columbus area. The Ohio Commission has emphasized electric vehicle adoption as a critical area in its recent Power Forward hearings.
“This is an exciting step towards making Columbus a truly Smart City,” said Sam Spofforth, Executive Director of Clean Fuels Ohio and a partner organization of Charge Up Midwest. “AEP Ohio’s EV program will result in more electric vehicles on the roads, and ultimately cleaner air.”
“The settlement represents a victory for the environment and savings for consumers,” said Robert Kelter, Senior Attorney at the Environmental Law & Policy Center, another Charge Up Midwest partner. “With proper rate incentives, we will encourage EV owners to charge their vehicles at night with wind power. Importantly, those sales will mean cleaner air and lower prices for customers.”
Under the plan approved today, AEP will oversee a rebate incentive program for the hardware, network services and installation of charging infrastructure for up to 300 Level 2 charging stations and 75 DC Fast (DCF) charging stations. If the funding cap is not depleted, the utility is authorized to extend the rebate program.
“We are pleased to see the Commission give the ‘green light’ to this first-of-its-kind program in the Midwest,” said Joe Halso, associate attorney for Sierra Club, another Charge Up Midwest partner. “This investment will not only deliver backbone infrastructure to Ohio’s EV drivers, but it will support a smarter, cleaner and more efficient electricity grid.”
The Stipulation the Commission adopted requires the charging stations to be consistent with best available technology, targets specific and critical market segments for charging station deployment, and provides for coordination with Ohio EPA’s parallel EV-related efforts. The cost of the program is capped at $10 million over four years and will be recovered through the Smart City rider.
Organizations that were parties in the case include ELPC, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Ohio Environmental Council and Environmental Defense Fund.
Charge Up Midwest is a partnership of seven environmental groups aimed at catalyzing Midwest leadership on electric vehicles.
Read PUCO’s order here.
Published on April 25, 2018