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Arizona regulators adopt electric vehicle policy

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The AAA Arizona office on North Oracle Road in Tucson offers electric-vehicle charging. /Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

 

By David Wichner | Arizona Daily

State regulators on this week approved a statewide policy on electric-vehicle infrastructure that encourages utilities’ involvement in the rollout of public EV chargers.

But at the end of a marathon, two-day open meeting, the Arizona Corporation Commission didn’t get around to approving Tucson Electric Power Co.’s latest energy-efficiency plan, which includes new incentives for electric-vehicle owners and homebuilders to install home charging systems.

The Corporation Commission’s new EV policy urges state-regulated utilities to help speed the rollout of electric vehicles by offering special rates for EV charging, supporting development of public charging networks.

The policy, which passed on a 4-1 vote, also allows the power companies to recover their “prudent costs” for investments in EV charging systems through their general rates, like other capital investments.

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