In Spring of 2023, Charge Ahead Partnership submitted comments to the North Carolina Utilities Commission in Docket E-22 Sub 658. This docket concerned North Carolina’s consideration of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) Amendments, included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). For more information on the PURPA Amendments, view the PURPA Amendments blog post.
This case looked specifically at whether Dominion Energy was taking adequate steps to promote the electrification of transportation. 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 determined that Dominion was moving at a reasonable pace and manner to serve the EV charging needs of consumers in its service territory. The commission also directed Dominion to file annual reports in the PURPA docket providing an update on their transportation electrification programs until their next ratecase.