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Ky. regulators give KU, LG&E green light for electric vehicle charging stations

Regulatorsin Kentucky signed off on a request from and to install new public electric vehicle charging stations within each company'sservice territory.

The state Public Service Commission on April 11 approved thePPL Corp.subsidiaries' joint application authorizing up to 20 new company-operatedcharging stations as well as the option for nonresidential or businesscustomers to host charging stations under a five-year commitment. Theorder granted therequested depreciation rate of 10% related to the charging stations. A limitwas not set by the PSC for the number of charging stations that could beinstalled on business customer properties.

A developed infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stationsis necessary to accommodate the rising number of electric vehicle owners in thestate, the PSC said in its order. "LG&E and KU's proposed tariffs,along with the associated cost-based rates which ensure there are no costshifts to other customers, are a strong first step in achieving that goal,"the order said.

KU and LG&E filedthe proposal with the PSC in November 2015. The full cost of the chargingstations, including maintenance, installation and energy usage, will be paid bythose who request the stations or the users of the charging service. The hostwill have the option of assessing a fee to station users.

The companies proposed providing the charging stations usingone of an assortment of tariff mechanisms approved by the PSC: rate electricvehicle supply equipment rider; rate electric vehicle supply equipment; andrate electric vehicle charging. The program will not affect the overall ratescharged by the two utilities because it is designed to pay for itself, the PSCsaid.

"Throughour existing electric infrastructure, this new utility service allows us tosupport our customers who are concerned about their transportationenvironmental footprint and own electric vehicles," John Malloy, vicepresident of customer services for LG&E and KU, said in a statement.

Thecompany said it is looking at host locations for the 20 public chargingstations. There are about 30 public electric vehicle charging stationsin Kentucky, and 21 are in either KU or LG&E's service territory.