In June of 2023, Charge Ahead Partnership submitted comments to the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission in IR 22-076. This docket served as an investigation of whether current tariffs and programs are sufficient to support demand response and electric vehicle (EV) charging programs, prompted by 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 found that the electric distribution companies in New Hampshire meet statutory requirements under the IIJA. The commission will also be opening an adjunctive proceeding with the goal of developing tariffs for electric distribution utilities to offer demand response using emerging technologies such as battery storage, EV charging and vehicle-to-grid resources.