California Rules Electric Vehicle Charging Firms Are Not Utilities

July 30, 2010

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ruled on July 29 that companies selling electric vehicle charging services to the public will not be regulated as public utilities. CPUC explained that the decision was intended to ensure the state's investor-owned electric utilities are ready for the projected statewide growth of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

The commission's actions clarify its regulatory role for vehicle charging services and identify ways in which the CPUC can make sure that charging is compatible with electric grid capabilities. In explaining the decision, CPUC Commissioner Nancy E. Ryan noted that consumers wouldn't adopt electric vehicles without adequate charging infrastructure.

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