NRG fires back over ECOtality's lawsuit seeking to kill settlement with PUC
Last Friday, ECOtality filed a lawsuit seeking to block the massive new electric car charging station network to be built by eVgo in California, as well as the legal settlement between NRG and the California Public Utility Commissions. Yesterday NRG responded with legal briefs and other documents saying essentially that ECOtality doesn't have a leg to stand on.
The new electric car charging station network is slated to include over 200 fast charging stations ("Freedom Stations"), and wiring for over 10,000 level two charging stations ("Make Ready's"), spread around California's metropolitan areas. As a result of the settlement, NRG is in the process of expanding the company's subsidiary, eVgo, into California. ECOtality is also an electric car charging station network operator, making the two companies competitors.
The settlement between NRG and the CPUC stems from the California Energy Crisis 10-12 years ago. Some subsidiaries of Dynegy, that later became owned by by NRG, had signed long term contracts negotiated by California to supply enough power to run the state. Those long term contracts were later found to have been overpriced ("gouging") and there have been negotiations underway for some time to settle the matter. Those negotiations eventually came around to having NRG build an electric car charging station network.