Louisiana has made very encouraging progress in recent years regarding the expansion of the EV charging network. However, there is still a great deal of work to be done. Charge Ahead Partnership first engaged in Louisiana in 2022 in support of Senate Bill 460, which passed and was signed by the Governor. The bill urged the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) to consider rates for EV charging that would promote private investment and ruled that charging station providers can sell electricity for EV charging without being deemed a public utility.
Since the passage of SB 460 there has been incremental progress at the LPSC helping to address these issues. The first step came in April 2023 when the LPSC took the necessary first step for private investment to enter Louisiana's EV charging market by ruling that EV charging station operators can sell electricity for EV charging without being regulated as an electric utility. This ensures that any business can invest in EV charging stations without being subject to LPSC utility rules and brings Louisiana policy in line with most other states across the country.
In August of 2023, commission staff issued a report in Docket No. R-35462. This rulemaking was conducted to research and evaluate customer-centered options for all electric customer classes as well as other regulatory environments. This report included a staff recommendation that utilities regulated by the LPSC not be allowed to maintain and operate EV charging stations, instead only allowing unregulated affiliates of utilities to maintain and operate charging stations provided that the affiliate is subject to the same rules as any other entity installing an EV charging station. Further consideration of these recommendations will be considered in Docket No. R-36131. When the report is filed in Docket No. R-36131, there will likely be an opportunity for public comment. CAP looks forward to engaging to ensure that these recommendations are adopted and a level playing field in Louisiana’s EV charging market is established.