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What's Happening in Arkansas

In March of 2023, Charge Ahead Partnership submitted comments to the Arkansas Public Service Commission in Docket 22-076-U. This docket investigated the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) Amendments included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the electrification of transportation. For more information on the PURPA Amendments, view the PURPA Amendments blog post.

CAP encouraged the commission to adopt policies to drive the growth of the electric vehicle (EV) charging network by preventing unfair competition from electric utilities and addressing demand charges, two key barriers to private investment. The commission declined to formally adopt the federal standards, preferring to continue to consider EV programs on a case-by-case basis. The commission encouraged electric utilities to voluntarily develop and submit for commission approval demand response and EV programs, including but not limited to programs that meet the requirements of the IIJA’s standards. The commission will also issue a subsequent order in Docket No. 16-028-U to continue the consideration of demand response practices and EV charging programs.

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A change in public policy is needed to meet our country’s growing EV charging needs. To date, policies have largely been dictated by power companies. And the result has been great for utility companies but not for EV drivers and utility customers. To achieve a successful nationwide charging network, private businesses and consumers must have a seat at the table. It’s time that all stakeholders – from electricity consumers and EV drivers to transportation infrastructure businesses and related industries – be heard. Now is the time for us to charge ahead!