PUCO Prepares to Launch PowerForward Collaborative to Include Detailed Focus on EV Charging

The landmark PowerForward Roadmap, published by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on August 29, 2018, provided a high-level framework for grid modernization. Electric vehicle (EV) charging programs and policies figured prominently in the Roadmap.

The Midwest Green Fleets Forum and Expo in late September provided an opportunity for PUCO Chairman Asim Haque to discuss the Roadmap, including Commission’s vision for the positive role EVs can play in the utility sector, and the need for Ohio’s investor-owned utilities to plan for anticipated new load and address growing demand for charging infrastructure.

PUCO is currently preparing to take the next steps by launching the PowerForward Collaborative and two technical working groups designed to provide detailed guidance and serve as a forum for dialogue among a wide range of stakeholders. Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) provided leadership around the EV components of the PowerForward proceedings, including a day-long seminar on March 7, 2018. Now, CFO is preparing to play a lead role in the Collaborative process.

On October 24, the Commission opened three separate new dockets for the PowerForward Collaborative and two working groups. The first meeting of the Collaborative will take place on December 6. CFO will participate and anticipates other EV-related stakeholders will join this process.

Based on conversations with PUCO staff, CFO expects the Collaborative to be led by Commission staff with the help of technical consultants. Each work group will have a set of specific tasks. PUCO approved a plan for AEP to promote EV adoption and provide incentives for EV charging stations earlier this year, and we expect Dayton Power and Light will file an EV plan later this year. Commission staff believe that other Ohio utilities may include proposed rates and demand-response (DR) pilots related to EVs. Staff is interested in learning about experience in other parts of the country with these tariffs and pilots as well as utility EV program design overall.

“We’re very excited about this process,” said Brendan Kelley, Director of Clean Fuels Ohio’s Drive Electric Ohio program. “The PowerForward Roadmap provides a strong framework, and now we’re excited to dig in with PUCO staff, Ohio’s utilities, and a wide range of stakeholders to provide a pathway for smart policies, rates, and investments in EV charging infrastructure that will enable all utility customers and Ohio motorists to benefit from transportation electrification.”

For more information about the Collaborative and working groups and how you can get involved, contact Brendan Kelley, Director of the Drive Electric Ohio program at Clean Fuels Ohio at Brendan@CleanFuelsOhio.org or 614-884-7336.

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