Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

The District Moves Forward with EV Adoption

D.C. Council gives DCPSC Jurisdiction to Review Pepco Electric Vehicle (EV) Application

The District is taking steps to prioritize adoption of electric vehicles as a key strategy to reduce fossil fuel dependence, energy costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. With nearly 700,000 residents, 400,000 daily commuters, and 20.8 million annual visitors, transportation is a critical factor in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

To move this initiative along, the D.C. Council passed the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 on December 18, giving the DCPSC authority to consider an application to promote transportation electrification through utility infrastructure ownership and other incentives. This legislation gives the DCPSC authority to approve an application for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure if the proposal is:

  • In the public interest;
  • Consistent with the Mayor’s commitment to climate change and;
  • Consistent with D.C. law requirements that public utility rates be just and reasonable.

In 2017, Pepco filed a proposal with the DCPSC seeking a limited, voluntary pilot program for EV charging in the District called the Transportation Electrification Program, or TE Program (Formal Case No. 1130). Pepco estimated at the time that there were 567 registered plug-in electric vehicles (PIV) in the District. Pepco’s proposal for a TE Program proposal provides a variety of program offerings designed to serve a range of customer types and target different market segments. To ensure that all District residents and businesses benefit from transportation electrification, the Pepco proposal would site 20% of the Fast Chargers in Wards 5, 7, and 8. The effort will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.

Pepco estimates the total costs of its TE program to be $15.2 million dollars.

Under the direction and guidance of the DCPSC, the public and interested parties have filed comments with the DCPSC regarding the merits of the application. Additionally, Pepco held a series of three workshops from April through June 2018 to receive further public input regarding its proposal and to discuss policy implications.