Idaho Bill Would Let Businesses Sell Electricity For Electric Cars

Feb 24, 2015

A new measure backed by Idaho Power Co. would allow business owners to resell public utility electricity to electric car drivers.

The House State Affairs Committee voted Tuesday to introduce a bill permitting companies to buy the electricity from a public utility and then resell it to charge electric car batteries.

Rich Hahn from Idaho Power says that current state law prevents reselling electricity provided by a public utility. This means businesses are footing the bill for having electric car charging stations.

Hahn says he hopes opening the door to more charging stations will encourage more people to buy electric cars.

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission would determine specific rules for buying and selling the electricity.