Bill to regulate electricity for cars

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 20, 2010 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

CMTA has concerns with SB 1435 (Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima) that would expand CPUC jurisdiction beyond electric corporation regulation of utility service to their customers.  It would allow direct regulation of the customers of utilities based on their specific use of electricity –charging electric vehicles.

The CPUC has adequate authority to approve utility tariffs and interconnection rules that would address the concerns raised in this bill. Other programs such as resource adequacy planning, demand response programs, etc. are more tools available to be used. There is no showing that authority directly over customers is needed, nor are there any clear limits on this authority.

The legislature should be reluctant to grant new authority to any agency without more complete analysis of the costs and impacts of the regulatory scheme under consideration.  CPUC is in the process of developing recommendations for the electric car market to be completed by February next year.  That process will provide analysis to determine if more authority is justified, and the legislature will be able to impose reasonable limits on the authority.

CMTA supports the SB 1435 provision that ensures vehicle charging stations would not be defined as a public utility, but must oppose unless other concerns are met.

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