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Charge Ahead Partnership is supporting amendments to SB 307 which will help increase private investment in the EV charging network in Ohio

Charge Ahead Partnership is advocating for a competitive and level playing field for all retailers who want to provide commercially available electric charging stations in Ohio. We believe that the most expeditious, equitable and economical way to build out a robust charging network in Ohio is through a market-based approach which removes the barriers that are disincentivizing private investment in electric charging infrastructure. We aim to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to find commonsense solutions that will unlock the market’s full potential without unfairly shifting the cost burden to non-EV users – particularly those in low- and fixed-income communities. We believe that improving public policy will help to accomplish these goals in Ohio.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has laid the groundwork for improving the state’s electric vehicle charging network; however, further legislative action is required to guarantee a competitive and successful future for EV charging.

Ohio has made regulatory progress on electric vehicle charging in recent years with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio finding in their 2020 investigation into electric vehicle charging services that businesses supplying such a service did not qualify as a public utility. While this ruling is the correct one, legislation should be implemented that will codify this ruling to prevent its reversal in future regulatory decisions.

The second change necessary to growing the charging network is protecting against the practice of rate-basing by power companies who participate in the EV charging market. Rate-basing is the ability of utility companies to spread the costs of any investment or cost to be sourced from the electric rates of all of their customers. If utilities are able to use this source of funding to own and operate EV charging stations, it provides a massive advantage over private companies who do not have access to the same capital without taking a large loss. Rate-basing could also allow utilities to sell electricity for EV charging at little to no profit, instead spreading the costs of their loss through their electric rates on all consumers.

The citizens of Ohio deserve, and will soon need, a reliable, convenient, and safe charging network, and protecting competition in the market will ensure that prices are lower and service quality is higher for the consumer.

Charge Ahead Partnership is supporting amendments to SB 307. Specifically, this amended legislation will:

  • Prevent electric distribution utility companies from rate-basing and subsidizing the costs associated with owning and operating electric vehicle charging, protecting all electric customers from unnecessary increases in their monthly electric bills while preserving competition in the market.
  • Ensuring fuel retailers have an active voice in the future of electric vehicle charging network development in Ohio via participation in the newly formed DriveOhio Automotive Industry Task Force.
  • Ensures that all EV charging providers – including electric distribution utilities, fuel retailers, and other third-parties – can participate in the market and that all providers will be subject to the same free-market forces.
  • Codifying the ruling of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that providing an electric vehicle charging service does not qualify a business as a public utility or “electric light company.”

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