The California Public Utilities Commission has approved $738 million in transportation electrification projects for the state's three largest utilities Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison. The approved projects aim to help speed the transition to electrified transportation for consumers and fleets.

These projects include:

  • San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E) Residential Charging Program ($137 million): SDG&E will provide rebates to residential customers to install up to 60,000 Level 2 charging stations at home.
  • SDG&E's Residential Grid Integrated Rate (no incremental costs): SDG&E will offer customers participating in the Residential Charging Program the option to enroll in an EV-only rate that varies hourly based on day-ahead forecasts of grid conditions.
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) Direct Current Fast Charging Make-Ready Program ($22 million): PG&E will install the make-ready infrastructure at approximately 52 sites that will support approximately 234 fast charging stations.
  • PG&E's FleetReady Program ($236 million): PG&E will install the make-ready infrastructure at a minimum of 700 sites to support the electrification of at least 6,500 medium- or heavy-duty vehicles.
  • Southern California Edison's (SCE) Medium- and Heavy-Duty Infrastructure Program ($343 million): SCE will install the make-ready infrastructure at a minimum of 870 sites to support the electrification of at least 8,490 medium- or heavy-duty vehicles.
  • SCE's Commercial Electric Vehicle Rate Design (no incremental costs): SCE will establish three new time-of-use rates for commercial customers with electric vehicles.

The projects are expected to be implemented over approximately five years.

In 2016, the CPUC directed the investor-owned utilities to submit applications proposing projects aimed at accelerating transportation electrification across all sectors, from light-duty passenger cars to medium- and heavy-duty fleet, transit, and freight vehicles. PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E proposed the large-scale programs approved today, initially requesting approximately $1 billion to implement. Today's decision modifies some aspects of each approved program, including the budgets. The decision was based on a robust public process that included 11 days of Evidentiary Hearings and four Commissioner-led community workshops throughout the state.

 

Source: Automotive Fleet

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