Acknowledging electric vehicle (EV) owners’ fear of being stranded with a drained battery far from a charging station, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) on Dec. 1 provided a jumpstart to Florida’s sustainable transportation future.
The PSC approved Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) three optional EV charging pilot tariffs, facilitating more charging opportunities.
“Continued growth of the electric-vehicle industry will require widespread charging infrastructure and appropriate electricity plans to enable deployment along state highways,” said PSC Chairman Gary Clark. “We determined that FPL offering a utility-based rate as an option to EV customers during the industry’s developmental stage promotes the public interest and is expected to provide value to customers.”
The first tariff, Utility-Owned Public Charging for Electric Vehicles (UEV), establishes a charging rate for utility-owned direct current fast charging stations.
The other two tariffs, Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Riders for General Service Demand and General Service Large Demand (GSD-1EV and GSLD-1EV), establish a rate for competitive market charging stations operating in FPL’s service area. This rate will implement a threshold on the demand charge associated with the general service rates.
The UEV tariff sets a price of $0.30 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for electricity sold to motorists at charging stations operated by FPL. These stations allow motorists to charge electric vehicles more quickly than they can charge vehicles at home.
FPL’s volumetric rate, $0.30 per kWh, is based on a comparison of a cost-per-mile basis to recent gasoline prices. The GSD-1EV and GSLD-1Ev tariffs help...