Public Service Company of New Hampshire, 052820 NHPUC, 26, 361

Docket Nº:Order 26, 361
Opinion Judge:Dianne Martin, Chairwoman.
Judge Panel:Kathryn M. Bailey, Michael S. Giaimo Commissioners.
Case Date:May 28, 2020
 
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PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE d/b/a EVERSOURCE ENERGY

Order No. 26, 361

DE 19-057

New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission

May 28, 2020

Staff Motion to Remove Electric Vehicle Investment from Proceeding

Order Addressing Motion

Dianne Martin, Chairwoman.

In this Order, the Commission removes issues related to rate design for charging electric vehicles (EV) raised by intervenors to Docket No. IR 20-004, the Commission's investigation of EV charging rates and rate structure. The Commission denies Staff's motion regarding the proposed EV investment in charging station infrastructure, and allows the proposed investment to remain part of Eversource's distribution rate case.

I.

PROCEDURAL HISTORY

On May 28, 2019, Public Service Company of New Hampshire d/b/a Eversource Energy (Eversource or the Company) filed a Notice of Intent to File Rate Schedules, along with supporting testimony and related exhibits and attachments. In that filing, Eversource proposed a rate plan that included step increases. In one of those step increases, Eversource indicated that it might add $2 million in base distribution rates for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

The petition and subsequent docket filings, other than any information for which confidential treatment is requested of or granted by the Commission, are posted on the Commission's website at https://www.puc.nh.gov/Regulatory/Docketbk/2019/19-057.html.

On January 10, 2020, the Commission opened Docket No. IR 20-004, to investigate EV charging rate design standards and EV time of day rates for residential and commercial customers. On February 5, Staff filed a motion (Motion) to remove the $2 million costs for EV infrastructure from the calculation of any distribution rate increase from the instant docket. Staff suggested that parties and intervenors interested in the EV charging issue could be heard in Docket No. IR 20-004. Clean Energy New Hampshire (CENH) and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) filed objections to Staff's Motion. The Office of the Consumer Advocate (OCA) filed a letter in support of Staff's Motion. Eversource did not submit any comments on Staff's Motion.

II.

POSITIONS OF THE PARTIES AND STAFF

A. Eversource

In its Petition for Permanent Rates, Eversource requested a rate change of $69.9 million. Eversource stated that it is "exploring options for a public-private partnership to develop an electric vehicle (EV) fast charging corridor for New...

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