Should Electricity Be Regulated as a Motor Fuel?

Should Electricity Be Regulated as a Motor Fuel?

It was bound to happen eventually, right?

In Massachusetts, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is now investigating whether or not is should consider regulating electricity as a motor fuel.

The Boston Herald quotes Ann Berwick, the DPU’s chairwoman, as stating:

“We’re driving in that direction in terms of policies."

“If you had a whole lot of electric vehicles charging at once, then you’d have questions about whether the electric grid at the moment can accommodate that,” Berwick said. “There are all kinds of questions related to how they charge, when they charge, what they pay for charging and whether they have special rates.”

As the Boston Herald reports:

"The DPU will look at how electric vehicles get charged — at people’s residences, at businesses for a fee, or whether utility companies should be allowed to own charging systems. It also will consider metering policies and rate structures that incentivize off-peak charging for residential customers with electric vehicles."

At this stage, the DPU is merely investigating what it think should be done in terms of regulating electricity in the future.  There's nothing set in stone.  The Boston Herald says that the DPU will "study whether it should regulate a local hotel or mall."

Once again quoting Berwick:

“Should we regulate it differently depending on whether they’re charging for the power or not, or whether it’s a fee versus a kilowatt-basis charge?"

That seems to be the biggest ? right now.

Look for us to closely follow and report on this developing story.

Source: Boston Herald