Charge Ahead Partnership has been engaged in Ohio since the 2022 legislative session, advocating for policy change that will break down the barriers to private investment in the electric vehicle (EV) charging market. In 2022 CAP advocated for amendments to Senate Bill 307. A comprehensive piece of EV legislation with workforce and manufacturing elements, this bill also would have expanded the ability of electric utilities to enter the EV charging market using ratepayer funds. CAP hoped to see the bill amended to preserve competition in the market by preventing power companies from subsidizing the cost of EV charging stations using ratepayer funds. SB 307 remained in committee at the end of the 2022 legislative session.
In 2023 CAP supported language in the Ohio Operating Budget, House Bill 33, that included provisions which would have required electric utilities who wish to compete in the EV charging market to do so through a separate subsidiary subject to the same rates and conditions as any other business in the market. These provisions would have prevented rate-basing by Ohio utilities to build EV charging stations, ensuring a level playing field in the Buckeye State’s EV charging marketplace. Both the Senate and House versions of the operating budget included similar EV charging language. Unfortunately, the EV charging provisions were not included in the final conference committee report. To read the EV charging provisions mentioned above, visit page 2496 of the “As Passed by the House” version of HB 33. While this attempt at preventing rate-basing in Ohio fell short, the progress was encouraging.
CAP has also engaged on the regulatory front before the Ohio Public Utilities Commission. CAP submitted comments and reply comments to the commission in Case Record 22-1025-AU-COI, the Commission’s investigation into the implementation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) Amendments implemented by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). For more information on the PURPA Amendments, view the PURPA Amendments blog post. CAP’s comments encouraged the commission to adopt policies to drive the growth of the EV charging network by preventing unfair competition from electric utilities and addressing demand charges, two key barriers to private investment. The commission declined to implement the federal standards in this proceeding.