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§ 7-217. Electric school bus pilot program

West's Annotated Code of MarylandPublic UtilitiesEffective: June 1, 2022

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Public Utilities (Refs & Annos)
Division I. Public Services and Utilities [Titles 1-15] (Refs & Annos)
Title 7. Gas, Electric, and Water Companies (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. Electric Generation Facility Planning (Refs & Annos)
Effective: June 1, 2022
MD Code, Public Utilities, § 7-217
§ 7-217. Electric school bus pilot program
Definitions
(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Electric school bus” means a school bus that is powered exclusively by an electric motor that draws its current from rechargeable storage batteries that are recharged with electricity from an electric vehicle charging station.
(3) “Electric school bus pilot program” means a pilot program conducted by an investor-owned electric company under this section.
(4) “Incremental administrative and operating costs” means the amount by which the cost of administering and operating an electric school bus program exceeds the cost of administering and operating a diesel school bus program.
(5) “Incremental costs of purchasing and deploying electric school buses” means the amount by which the costs of purchasing and deploying electric school buses exceed the costs of purchasing and deploying diesel school buses.
(6) “Interconnection equipment” means a group of components or an integrated system that connects an electric vehicle charging station with the distribution system of an investor-owned electric company.
(7) “Interconnection facilities” means facilities required by an investor-owned electric company to accommodate the interconnection of an electric vehicle charging station.
(8) “Participating school system” means a school system located within an investor-owned electric company's service territory that:
(i) participates in an electric school bus pilot program under an agreement between its school board and an investor-owned electric company; and
(ii) owns its school buses or contracts with another entity for school bus services.
(9) “Program costs” means:
(i) any costs to deploy appropriate electric school bus charging infrastructure that are incurred by an investor-owned electric company in implementing an electric school bus pilot program; and
(ii) rebates paid to a participating school system.
(10) “Rebate” means an incentive provided by an investor-owned electric company to a participating school system that is equal to:
(i) the demonstrable incremental costs of purchasing and deploying electric school buses to participating school systems; and
(ii) the incremental administrative and operating costs incurred by a participating school system in implementing its electric school bus pilot program.
Established
(b)(1) There is an electric school bus pilot program.
(2) The electric school bus pilot program shall be implemented and administered by the Commission and shall operate as provided in this section.
Duties and benefits for investor-owned electric company
(c) An investor-owned electric company may apply to the Commission to implement an electric school bus pilot program if the pilot program is structured to:
(1) commence on or before October 1, 2024;
(2) provide for the deployment of not fewer than 25 electric school buses;
(3) provide for electric school bus rebates to participating school systems;
(4) limit total rebates to $50,000,000;
(5) allow the investor-owned electric company to use the storage batteries of the electric school buses to access the stored electricity through vehicle-to-grid technology:
(i) except as provided in item (6) of this subsection, without additional compensation to the school system for the electricity; and
(ii) at times when the participating school system determines that the school buses are not needed to transport students;
(6) ensure that if the investor-owned utility uses electricity that a participating school system provides to charge an electric school bus battery, the investor-owned utility replaces that electricity at no cost to the participating school system;
(7) provide for the selection of school systems that apply to participate in the pilot program on the basis of appropriate factors determined by the investor-owned electric company with the approval of the Commission, including the locational benefits that the storage batteries of school buses may bring to the investor-owned electric company;
(8) consider, in determining the appropriate factors under item (7) of this subsection, the health and economic effects on low-income and minority communities;
(9) provide and install the interconnection equipment and interconnection facilities for electric vehicle charging stations;
(10) ensure each electric school bus is equipped with lap and shoulder belts in accordance with recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board; and
(11) ensure the school board is provided with adequate training and expertise to operate ably electric school buses, electric vehicle charging stations, and associated infrastructure.
Duties of participating school system
(d) A participating school system shall:
(1) when deploying electric school buses, consider criteria that benefit students who are eligible for free and reduced price meals; and
(2) before the delivery of electric school buses, develop a plan for training and retaining any school system employee affected by the electric school bus pilot program.
Recovery of program costs
(e) Subject to the Commission's approval, an investor-owned electric company may recover all reasonable and prudent program costs incurred under an electric school bus pilot program through a mechanism that is reviewed and approved by the Commission.
Approval of pilot tariff or rate
(f) Subject to the Commission's approval, an investor-owned electric company may establish a pilot tariff or rate to provide service to an electric school bus.
Application
(g) An investor-owned electric company that applies to implement an electric school bus pilot program shall provide to the Commission any information, data, and analysis that the Commission requires.
Approval, denial, or approval with modifications
(h) The Commission shall approve, deny, or approve with modifications an investor-owned electric company's application to implement an electric school bus pilot program.
Annual report
(i)(1) An investor-owned electric company that establishes an electric school bus pilot program authorized by this section shall, in consultation with each participating school system, by February 1, 2025, and each year thereafter for the duration of the pilot program, report on the status of the pilot program to the Governor, the Commission, and, in accordance with § 2-1257 of the State Government Article, the House Economic Matters Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.
(2) The report required under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall include:
(i) an evaluation of the environmental and health benefits of the pilot program; and
(ii) the financial costs and benefits of implementing the pilot program to the participating school system and the investor-owned utility, including:
1. the deployment, operation, and maintenance of the electric school buses; and
2. the use of vehicle-to-grid technology.
Duration of pilot program
(j) The initial duration of an electric school bus pilot program shall be at least 3 years and may not exceed 5 years.
Expansion of scope, deployment, program costs, and duration of pilot program
(k) On the request of an investor-owned electric company, the Commission may authorize an expansion of the scope, deployment, program costs, and duration of the electric school bus pilot program.

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Added by Acts 2022, c. 38, § 4, eff. June 1, 2022; Acts 2022, c. 570, § 1, eff. June 1, 2022.
MD Code, Public Utilities, § 7-217, MD PUBLIC UTIL § 7-217
Current through all legislation from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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