What's Happening in North Dakota

In Fall of 2022, Charge Ahead Partnership submitted comments to the North Dakota Public Service Commission in Case PU-22-147, an electrification of transportation investigation. This case concerned North Dakota’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.

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. Ultimately the Commission did not take any action as a result of this proceeding but will use the record established as it continued to evaluate the development of the EV industry in North Dakota and its impact of the state's investor-owned utilities and customers.


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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!