Should construction of electric vehicle charging stations be left to utilities and state regulators, or the free market?
That is one issue at the heart of a debate facing the Missouri Public Service Commission, which, on Wednesday, suspended a ruling on prices that Ameren Missouri could charge at proposed charging stations between St. Louis and Jefferson City. The commission may first need to explore the broader question of whether it even has jurisdiction to regulate the new technological frontier.
Mark Nealon, Ameren Missouri’s director of engineering design and project management, said the decision to suspend the utility’s proposed tariff was understandable, noting that the PSC “just wants a little more clarity.”
The move postpones Ameren’s plan to launch its pilot project of building six electric vehicle charging stations in communities along the I-70 corridor. Before Wednesday’s ruling disrupted the utility’s proposed timeline, Ameren hoped to install its first station before the end of the year.
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