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Nov. 15, 2022—Pennsylvania is anticipating an increase in electric vehicle ownership across the state, according to Governing.com.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has decided to launch a process that could "potentially rewrite electric rates in the state to accelerate the adoption of EVs and to assure that electricity costs are proportioned fairly among customers," according to Governing.com. 

The PUC approved a measure in a 5-0 vote to establish a group working toward recommendations on potential changes to rates for EV charging. This group has to report its findings by March 31, 2023. Its members include:

  • Consumer advocates and EV advocates
  • PUC staff members
  • Electric utilities

According to Governing.com, this action was motivated by a petition by ChargEVC-PA, an EV advocate group, from February.

Peco Energy is an electric provider for around 1.6 million Philadelphia customers, and it is pushing back on the decision-making aspect of the PUC on this action. Peco said that the grid impact from EVs is not currently far-reaching. Peco also said that its customers are responsible for owning around half of Pennsylvania's EVs. 

"Although Southeastern Pennsylvania is home to roughly half of the battery electric vehicles currently registered in the state, the company has not yet identified any systemwide grid impacts related to EV adoption," said Peco through a filing with PUC, according to Governing.com. 

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