Environment, Salem, Transportation

Legislature looking to the future of fueling vehicles

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley

A bill that appears to be fast-tracked by a recommendation from the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment would allow public utilities to charge consumers for the cost of building new electric vehicle charging stations and supplying them with power.

Senate Bill 314A authorizes the Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to permit public utilities (that will in the near future include hydrogen producers) to pass along to consumers the costs of building infrastructure that supports “alternative forms of transportation vehicles,” the bill states. 

Ultimately the stations could be owned by a public utility, although competition already exists in the market among companies that already own their . . .

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