PG&E Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2018

PG&E Chapter 11 Update

Clean Transportation

Accelerating the transition to clean transportation is an essential component of PG&E’s strategy to help California meet its clean air and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. We are dedicated to providing clean transportation programs and incentives that are both affordable and easy to use. And we continue to support the state’s goals of five million zero emission vehicles (ZEV) on the road by 2030, supported by 250,000 charging stations, including 10,000 fast chargers, and 200 hydrogen fueling stations statewide by 2025.

Our Approach

PG&E is actively engaged in projects to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and simplify EV ownership. This includes collaborating with automakers, charging equipment providers and state programs to support the large-scale electric infrastructure needed to incorporate EV charging systems into the energy grid. We offer electric rate plans tailored for customers who drive EVs and we support test-drive events to help customers understand the benefits of EVs.

PG&E’s three-year EV Charge Network program calls for installing up to 7,500 Level 2 charging ports throughout PG&E’s service area at multi-unit dwellings and workplaces. PG&E pays for the infrastructure to supply electricity to each EV parking space, and for a portion of the charging equipment. At least 15 percent of the units will be located in disadvantaged communities.

Our EV Fleet program was created to expand PG&E’s charging infrastructure programs to medium- and heavy-duty fleets. Our goal is to convert 700 sites to electric fleet vehicles by 2023 to support the adoption of 6,500 medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles. PG&E will dedicate 25 percent of the program budget to investments in disadvantaged communities.

Fast Charge enables public fast charging—with PG&E paying for and building the infrastructure from the electric grid to the charging equipment for public fast chargers, complementing state and privately-funded initiatives. One-quarter of the fast chargers will be located in disadvantaged communities.

We also participate in California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program, which aims to lower the carbon impact of California’s transportation fuels by 10 percent by 2020. PG&E’s Clean Fuel Rebate Program provides an $800 rebate for electric vehicle owners, and on-bill credits for drivers of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

2018 Milestones

Highlights of our work to transition customers to clean fuels include:

  • Began construction of new charging stations under the EV Charge Network program. PG&E installed nearly 600 Level 2 charging ports at workplaces and multi-family dwellings through the EV Charge Network program, which reduces much of the upfront cost for customers deploying charging stations. PG&E will continue implementing the $130 million program in 2019.
  • Received approval and began implementing EV Fleet and Fast Charge programs. The programs expand PG&E’s charging infrastructure programs to medium- and heavy-duty fleets and public fast charging. The two programs will total $259 million over five years.
  • Proposed innovative new rate structures to accelerate transportation electrification. Based on feedback from customers and stakeholders, PG&E developed a commercial EV rate to make charging costs more consistent and affordable for businesses with EV charging like workplaces, fleets and public fast charging sites. The proposal would create a subscription-style rate, similar to a cell phone data plan, with simpler time-of-use periods than existing commercial rates.
  • Partnered with California innovators in clean transportation and proposed new concepts to test. PG&E developed forward-looking projects with the San Joaquin Regional Transit District, Pittsburg School District and Albertsons to plan for future smart-charging of fleets. PG&E also proposed new infrastructure pilots targeted at schools and state parks, and a home-charging installation pilot for low and moderate-income families.
  • Promoted awareness of EV cost savings. Expanding our suite of online customer tools, PG&E developed an EV savings calculator where drivers can explore available EV models, learn about incentives to reduce the cost of the vehicle and help determine the best rate plan to fuel their EV.
  • Provided CNG to PG&E’s fleet and our customers. Our continuing work to support our customers with natural gas vehicles includes maintaining a network of CNG vehicle refueling facilities that are open to customers. PG&E also uses our expertise to help commercial customers take advantage of this relatively low-emitting, domestic alternative fuel in their own fleets.
  • Provided testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on EVs. PG&E highlighted three critical areas to support and accelerate the growth in EVs: investing in infrastructure to make charging more accessible, working to seamlessly integrate the growing number of EVs into the electric grid and working to increase the use of EVs in fleet and off-road applications.

Measuring Progress

The number of cumulative EV registrations in PG&E’s service area surpassed 200,000 in 2018, as PG&E estimates more than 10 percent of new vehicle sales in PG&E’s market were electric. PG&E is aiming to support more than 2 million clean-fuel vehicles by 2030.

Plug-In Electric Vehicles in PG&E’s Service Area Footnote 1
  Approximate Number of EVs
2013 30,348
2014 57,772
2015 78,490
2016 111,232
2017 150,659
2018 216,845
  • 1. Electric Power Research Institute, based on external registration data, 2018.1

PG&E maintains a network of 24 CNG vehicle refueling facilities that are open to customers—refueling approximately 3,000 vehicles and fleets with about 1.4 million gallon equivalents each year.

PG&E-Supplied Natural Gas Consumed by the Transportation Sector Footnote 1
  Bcf of natural gas consumption
2013 2.80
2014 3.09
2015 3.27
2016 3.55
2017 3.66
2018 3.44
  • 1. Based on PG&E billing data.1