Legislation in Utah Aims to Remove Public Charging Station Hurdle

FEB 4 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 1

By Eliminating Utility Regulations From the Equation, Utah Hopes to Spur Charging Station Installs

By Eliminating Utility Regulations From the Equation, Utah Hopes to Spur Charging Station Installs

Lawmakers in Utah are working to eliminate a hurdle that some say restrict public charging station installs within the state.

LEAF in Utah

LEAF in Utah (w/owner Mark)

Representative Patrice Arent, D-Holladay, is sponsoring legislation that aims to “change the definition of the recharging service in Utah code and thus remove it from Public Service Commission review because the company selling electricity would no longer be classified as a utility company,” reports Standard-Examiner.

According to Arent, some businesses in Utah are considering installing charging stations, but fear being subjected to the guidelines of a public utility if they charge a fee for charging.

Per the Standard-Examiner:

“The Democratic lawmaker’s bill has received bipartisan support thus far. The initiative received unanimous support from the Public Utilities and Technology interim Committee and the Economic Development Interim Committee.”

We suspect that the legislation will pass, thus freeing business to install public chargers without worry of being classe

Source: Standard-Examiner

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NY ruled recently that charging stations are not considered utilities, so owners can charge for electricity on a per kWh basis.

The owner of local stations has decided to have a mix of stations at $2.40/hr with $2.40 minimum, and $0.49/kWh with $1.00 minimum.

Of course, 6.6kW and above chargers would benefit from the hourly rate, and 3.3kW chargers from the per kWh rate. I wish they would just switch to per kWh locally, but at least they have the flexibility to choose now.