California Utilities Propose Thousands of PEV Chargers for State Approval

California’s three large investor-owned utilities have each submitted applications to install thousands of chargers at homes, workplaces, and port locations.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric submitted applications to the California Public Utilities Commission seeking about $1 billion in funding. The utilities spelled out programs and investments aimed at supporting plug-in electrified vehicles being used in multiple transportation modes, and to meet emission-reduction targets set by Governor Jerry Brown and state agencies.

PG&E, one of the largest utilities in the U.S. that serves a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California, submitted seven proposed projects for a total budget of about $253 million. The largest project will take five years with a budget of $211 million targeted at building a “make-ready” electric infrastructure for medium- to heavy-duty and off-road fleets. These would charge electric school buses, transit agencies, and delivery fleets.

About $22 million of PG&E’s budget would go to setting up fast chargers in disadvantaged communities with a rebate program for consumers. The utility plans to use a new report and interactive map developed in partnership with University of California, Davis, to support installation of fast chargers in the region.

SDG&E is proposing to install tens of thousands of charging stations in new areas to help accelerate the transition to electric transportation, with a request for $246 million in funding. That would be carried out through installing up to 90,000 charging stations to single family homes throughout the San Diego service area.

Other projects will include installing up to 45 charging points for grounds support equipment at San Diego International Airport; charging at four Park-and-Ride locations; charging stations and research meters to better understand the charging habits of heavy and medium-duty electric trucks and forklifts being used at Port of San Diego; and “grid-integrated” charging stations for about 90 fleet delivery vehicles at six business locations.

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Drivers will have access to their own stations in the San Diego metro area. Five locations frequently traveled by taxis, shuttles, and rideshare vehicles will have charging stations from SDG&E. Fifty drivers from rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft would receive fueling credits on electric bills, educational programs on PEVs, and financial incentives for these vehicles.

SCE, which provides electricity to most of southern California, proposed a portfolio of products designed to meet the needs of all types of customers. One of these programs would set up a charging infrastructure for heavy-duty commercial and industrial vehicles at ports, warehouses, and along its freeways. The utility asked the state for permission to collect $570 million from customers over five years to pay for several items, including equipment installations that would support about 1,800 charging stations for electric trucks.

The utility is following state guidelines to support disadvantaged communities through its programs. That includes reducing air pollution along transportation corridors, including freeways, that can disproportionately expose local residents to heavy air pollution.

The applications show the utilities’ support for Senate Bill 350, which called upon electricity suppliers to seek approval for programs designed to reduce dependence on petroleum, meet air quality standards, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030; and to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

PG&E recently announced a $500 “Clean Fuel Rebate” for its customers who own PEVs. The credit comes through a provision in the state’s program called Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

That program allows P&E to earn LCFS. credits for itself. The utility then passes credits on to customers for their use of electricity as a clean fuel.

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