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File #: Ord 21-34    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 9/22/2021
Title: Creating Chapter 441 of the Legislative Code (Title XXI) pertaining to electric vehicle charging rates at city-owned charging stations.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Attachments: 1. Sec 441.02 - Rates, 2. EV Spot Network Council Rate Memo
Title
Creating Chapter 441 of the Legislative Code (Title XXI) pertaining to electric vehicle charging rates at city-owned charging stations.

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SECTION 1


WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul is deploying the EV Spot Network, comprised of EV Spot public charging and Evie carshare; and


WHEREAS, the EV Spot network aims to improve equitable access to clean and affordable transportation, reduce pollution, reduce pressure on automobile parking capacity, and otherwise improve the general welfare of the public; and


WHEREAS, EV Spot charging equipment will be owned and operated by the City; and


WHEREAS, the City seeks to balance a number of factors in determining the rate, with the primary factors being a desire to cover the maintenance of operations of the network, while offering a fair price for the service that will power Evie carshare as well as enable increased personal electric vehicle adoption; and


WHEREAS, the proposed rates are based on significant research on market trends and precedents; and


WHEREAS, the priority principles and considerations informing the rate recommendations include covering operating costs, incentivizing EV use through affordable rates, establishing a fair rate structure across different types of electric vehicles, encouraging home charging where possible, and incentivizing turnover of EV charging spaces; and


WHEREAS, the baseline measures to compare charging costs against are the cost of residential electricity ($0.14/kWh) and the cost of an equivalent amount of energy from gasoline ($0.30); and


WHEREAS, given the relative newness of the EV charging industry, rates are not currently standardized and typically fall within a range; level 2 charging per kWh nationally falls between $0.20-$0.30/kWh and fast charging falls between $0.28-$0.43/kWh; and


WHEREAS, in addition to the cost of electricity, other costs to operate the network include staffing, replacement parts, and communication and networking costs of the charge...

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