About Us

This website was developed under a grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and is maintained by the members of the MPSC Michigan Plug-in Electric Vehicle Preparedness Taskforce.


Michigan Plug-in Electric Vehicle Preparedness Taskforce

Convened by Michigan Public Service Commission Chairman Orjiakor Isiogu, the taskforce's goal is to create a seamless customer experience and acceptance of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in Michigan.

The Taskforce began meeting in February 2010 and has since expanded to include several subcommittees. The Taskforce includes members of regulated and unregulated utilities, nonprofit organizations, government groups, electrical contractors and inspectors, automotive manufacturers, and local clean energy organizations. The Taskforce addresses such issues as education and communication, incentives, rates, infrastructure issues, building code changes to streamline the installation of charging equipment, among others.

Accomplishments

  1. Worked with Michigan Building Codes group to revise building code rules, including PEV language, August 2010
  2. Two Charging Stations (EVSEs) were installed at the MPSC office building, August 2010
  3. PEV Tariffs were filed by DTE Energy and Consumers Energy and approved by the MPSC, August/September 2010
  4. Statewide website was launched with general information for a broad stakeholder base, September 2010


Next Steps

Building Codes

Work with the National Building Code committee to update national building codes to provide structure for electric vehicles.

Incentives

There are a number of potential legislative and policy changes the Taskforce will be examining over the coming months, and recommendations are forthcoming. One specific legislative change that could have an immediate impact would be expanding eligibility for the existing biofuels conversion credit to include installation of EVSEs. Michigan Business Tax (MBT) payers who install EVSEs and make them available to the public would be eligible for an MBT credit of up to 30% of the cost of installation. On top of existing federal incentives, this state credit would strongly encourage the deployment of the necessary infrastructure to support PEVs in our communities.

Rates

Evaluate 2010-approved rates to better understand customer response and grid impact.

Communication and Education:

  • Implement coordinated education/communication plan for consumers around PEV purchase and installation process
  • Begin coordinated education effort for affected business groups, as indicated by "Upcoming Dates" section
  • Fully utilize website to help educate and inform general audiences on key issues

Michigan Leadership

Explore opportunities to assist in promotion and championing electric vehicles in Michigan.


Current Participants 

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Clean Cities Coalition
Detroit Electrical Industry Training Center
Ecology Center
Edison Electric Institute
Ford Motor Company
General Motors
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Michigan Municipal League
Michigan Counties Association
Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth
Michigan Department of Transportation
Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget
Michigan Electric & Gas Association
Michigan Electric Cooperatives Association
Michigan Municipal Electric Association
Michigan Townships Association
Michigan Public Service Commission
Michigan Utilities
Consumers Energy
DTE Energy
Indiana-Michigan Power Company
Lansing Board of Water & Light
Upper Peninsula Power Company
Wisconsin Public Service
Other Public and Municipal Utilities
NextEnergy
Renewable Energy Education Laboratory (REELAB)


Many members of the PEV Preparedness Taskforce also are active members in national level programs targeting the development and sharing of best practices for plug-in readiness such as:

  • U.S. Department of Energy PEV Demonstration programs
  • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Electric Drive Transportation Association/National Plug-in Vehicle Initiative (EDTA/NPVI)
  • Society for Automotive Engineers
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Edison Electric Institute (EEI)