AN ACT TO (I) EXEMPT ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS FROM REGULATION AS PUBLIC UTILITIES, (II) REQUIRE THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION TO ADOPT RULES TO ESTABLISH A REGULATORY PROGRAM TO GOVERN THE MANAGEMENT OF END-OF-LIFE PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES AND ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM BATTERIES, AND DECOMMISSIONING OF UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR PROJECTS AND WIND ENERGY FACILITIES, AND REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY TO ESTABLISH A STAKEHOLDER PROCESS TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF THE RULES, AND (III) PROVIDE SMALL HYDROELECTRIC POWER FACILITIES CERTAIN TREATMENT SIMILAR TO THAT GIVEN TO SMALL POWER PRODUCERS THAT PRODUCE ENERGY FROM SWINE AND POULTRY WASTE.
Adds to the defined terms set out in GS 62-3 as applied to GS Chapter 62, Public Utilities. Excludes from the term public utility a person who uses an electric vehicle charging station to resell electricity to the public for compensation if four criteria are met, as described. Specifies that the definition does not limit the ability of an electric power supplier to use electric vehicle charging stations to furnish electricity for charging electric vehicles. Further specifies that any increases in consumer demand or energy consumption associated with transportation electrification are not found revenues for an electric public utility.