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.