A decision handed down this month by the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, could change state regulators’ stance on oversight of electric vehicle charging stations, potentially spurring a surge of investment in the stations.
To date, the Missouri Public Service Commission has declined oversight of charging stations. That has meant utility companies in the state have no guarantee that they can pass the costs of the stations on to ratepayers, making the structures a relatively risky investment.
However, the court decision handed down this month says the PSC should reverse its position that charging stations do not fall under the definition of “electric plant.” That reversal would give the PSC oversight of the stations.
St. Louis-based Ameren, the state’s largest utility, expressed approval of the court’s decision but said it was too early to determine how the ruling would affect its plans to expand charging stations.
Over the past two years, Ameren has proposed and later shelved one plan to install charging stations in the state. In February, the utility unveiled a new, more extensive plan for stations across Missouri.
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