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DP&L eyes $1 million for electric vehicle charging equipment

Dayton Power & Light next year will dedicate up to $1 million to building charging equipment for electric vehicles, according to an agreement the utility has with staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).

“DP&L will dedicate up to $1.0 million to total capital investment … beginning in 2019, to fund distribution grid investments necessary to support installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the DP&L service territory,” the company’s recent stipulation, or agreement, with PUCO staff says.

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The stipulation covers agreed-on rates and obligations for DP&L’s electric distribution service.

The agreement says DP&L may recover costs associated “with investments for the meter and equipment in front of meter … to support EV charging stations supported by grants awarded by the Ohio EPA.”

According to a transcript of testimony before PUCO staff and attorneys, Sharon Schroder, DP&L’s director of regulatory affairs, said the utility will “work with the Ohio EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in charging station host applicants within its service territory to facilitate the installation of the fast chargers.”

“‘In front of the meter’ is industry terminology that means along the grid that the utility operates (with ‘behind the meter’ meaning the customers’ house/business),” PUCO spokesman Matt Schilling said in an email. “DC fast chargers refer to the type of charging stations. Direct-current chargers use more power to charge cars faster.”

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DP&L has not responded to recent questions about its plans for EV investments. Another message seeking comment was sent to a company spokeswoman Thursday.

The stipulation agreement has not yet been approved by a PUCO vote.

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