Electric vehicle programs
- service connection cost recovery
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(a)No later than May 15, 2020, and on or before May 15 every three years thereafter, an electric public utility shall file with the commission an application for a program for regulated activities to support widespread transportation electrification within the area covered by the utility’s certificate of public convenience and necessity.
(b)To comply with this subsection (1), an application must seek to minimize overall costs and maximize overall benefits and may include:
(I)Investments or incentives to facilitate the deployment of customer-owned or utility-owned charging infrastructure, including charging facilities, make-ready infrastructure, and associated electrical equipment that support transportation electrification;
(II)Investments or incentives to facilitate the electrification of public transit and other vehicle fleets;
(III)Rate designs, or programs that encourage vehicle charging that supports the operation of the electric grid; and
(IV)Customer education, outreach, and incentive programs that increase awareness of the programs and of the benefits of transportation electrification and encourage greater adoption of electric vehicles.
(2)When considering transportation electrification programs and determining cost recovery for investments and other expenditures related to programs proposed by an electric public utility under subsection (1) of this section, the commission shall consider whether the investments and other expenditures are:
(a)Reasonably expected to improve the use of the electric grid, including improved integration of renewable energy;
(b)Reasonably expected to increase access to the use of electricity as a transportation fuel;
(c)Designed to ensure system safety and reliability;
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(I)Reasonably expected to contribute to meeting air quality standards, improving air quality in communities most affected by emissions from the transportation sector, and reducing statewide emissions of greenhouse gases by forty percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and eighty percent below 2005 levels by 2050.
(II)This subsection (2)(d) is repealed, effective July 1, 2031.
(e)Reasonably expected to stimulate innovation, competition, and increased consumer choices in electric vehicle charging and related infrastructure and services; attract private capital investments; and utilize high-quality jobs and skilled worker training programs;
(f)Transparent, incorporating public reporting requirements to inform design and commission policy; and
(g)Reasonably expected to provide access for low-income customers, in the totality of the utility’s transportation electrification programs, which may include community-based and multi-family charging infrastructure, car share programs, and electrification of public transit, while giving due consideration to the affect on low-income customers.
(2.5)An electric public utility may recover its prudently incurred costs to facilitate a timely electric vehicle charging service connection, which costs may include the costs of equipment that the electric public utility procures for future upgrades needed to provide service connections for electric vehicle charging. An electric public utility may recover the costs of any such equipment inventory as capital work in progress if the inventory is projected to be used within three years of its procurement and with a return at the most recently authorized weighted average cost of capital.
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(a)Electric vehicle infrastructure electrical work on the customer side of the utility meter, including the installation of the charging station apparatus and related hardware, must:
(I)Be performed by a licensed master electrician, licensed journeyman electrician, licensed residential wireman, or properly supervised electrical apprentice as each term is defined in section 12-115-103; and
(II)Comply with article 115 of title 12, including sections 12-115-109 and 12-115-115, and all applicable rules of the state electrical board.
(b)For all electric vehicle infrastructure or charging stations owned by the utility, the utility shall use utility employees or qualified contractors if the contractors’ employees have access to an apprenticeship program as defined in section 8-83-308 (3)(a). This apprenticeship requirement does not apply to:
(I)The design, planning, or engineering of the infrastructure;
(II)Management functions to operate the infrastructure; or
(III)Any work included in a warranty.
(4)As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:
(a)“Industry” means either one or more individual employers or an industry association.
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(I)“Skilled worker training program” means an accredited educational, occupational education, as defined in section 23-60-103 (2), apprenticeship, or similar training program that:
(A)Trains or retrains individuals to perform a skill that is needed in the workforce; and
(B)Awards an industry- or state-recognized certificate, credential, associate degree, professional license, or similar evidence of achievement upon completion of the program.
(II)“Skilled worker training program” does not include an educational program that awards a bachelor’s or higher degree upon completion of the program.
Section 40-5-107 — Electric vehicle programs - service connection cost recovery - definitions - repeal,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-40.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).