California adopts a record-setting $739 budget for new utility Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure projects

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued another precedent-setting decision implementing California’s Transportation Electrification program under Senate Bill 350. The decision (available here) authorizes Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southern California Edison Company (SCE) to establish new charging infrastructure programs to support and encourage investment in medium/heavy duty (MDHD) electric vehicles. The MDHD programs will apply broadly to delivery truck fleets, vehicles serving California’s ports, and particularly focuses on encouraging the replacement of diesel transit and school buses with clean electric vehicles. The decision also authorizes PG&E to install direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations, and approves a program that will provide EV drivers in SDG&E’s service territory a rebate covering the cost of installing a new smart Level 2 home charging station at single family and small multi-family locations. The CPUC also authorized SDG&E to implement a new residential grid integrated rate option for participating EV drivers.

The decision establishes implementation procedures and deadlines, including a process through which SDG&E may consult with stakeholders to develop an incentive mechanism for the approved residential charging program. With this round of charging infrastructure programs approved, the CPUC will next consider SDG&E’s pending proposal in Application 18-01-012 for its own MDHD vehicle charging program. Intervenor testimony in that case is due August 17, 2018, and hearings are scheduled for October, 2018.

For more information, please contact Lynn Haug at lmh(at) or (916) 447-2166.