PG&E Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2018

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Clean Transportation

PG&E is committed to providing clean transportation options that are easy and affordable. With California’s goal to have 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, PG&E is taking action to develop programs and provide incentives to help California achieve these goals. 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.

Our Approach

One in five electric vehicles (EV) in the United States plugs into PG&E’s grid, charging with electricity that comes from 33 percent renewable resources. With more than 150,000 EVs in PG&E’s service area at the end of 2017—a 25 percent increase in new registrations over 2016—PG&E has been working proactively to expand 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 also offer electric rate plans tailored for customers who drive EVs and we support test-drive events to help customers understand the benefits of EVs.

Examples of our work include:

  • Breaking ground on EV charger installations as part of PG&E’s three-year EV Charge Network program, which calls for installing up to 7,500 Level 2 charging ports throughout PG&E’s service area.
  • Active community outreach through participation in events, including Charge Across Town’s EV Week, National Drive Electric Week and the San Francisco International Auto Show.
  • Promoting employee electric vehicle adoption through workplace charging and incentives. PG&E installed nearly 130 chargers at our facilities in 2017 and offered a shareholder-funded $2,000 incentive to employees to promote the adoption of electric vehicles. Nearly 1,000 employees have made the switch to electric.

PG&E also continues to green its fleet by integrating more low-emission vehicles, from hybrid-electric bucket trucks to compressed natural gas vehicles.

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. Through this program, PG&E earns credits when customers charge their EVs or purchase compressed natural gas (CNG) for their vehicles. We then sell the credits to LCFS-regulated parties and pass on the revenue to our customers through the Clean Fuel Rebate program. PG&E’s Clean Fuel Rebate Program provides a $500 Rebate for electric vehicle owners, and on-bill credits for CNG-vehicle drivers.

2017 Milestones

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

  • Worked with charging providers and other stakeholders to launch the EV Charge Network. Under this program, we plan to install up to 7,500 Level 2 EV charging stations at multi-family dwellings and workplaces over the next three years. The program is now taking online applications, and customers can learn more about program participation, eligibility requirements and submit an application.
  • Supported public fast charging and fleet electrification. We filed proposals with the California Public Utilities Commission in 2017, seeking to expand our support for EV infrastructure for public fast-charging stations and medium and heavy-duty fleets. In the first half of 2018, PG&E received approval for more than $275 million in programs and pilots that aim to reduce upfront installation costs to customers, enabling them to accelerate adoption of clean vehicles.
  • Promoted EV awareness. Together with state agencies, automakers, technology companies, foundations and other California energy companies, PG&E supported the development of Veloz, a non-profit, public-private partnership focused on public outreach to inspire consumers to go electric.
  • Simulated future-looking vehicle-to-home technologies. While cars today can only charge from the energy grid, automakers are researching the potential to use EV batteries to supply energy back to buildings or the grid. PG&E demonstrated the ability to use these technologies for home back-up power in the case of an unexpected outage.
  • 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 its expertise to help commercial customers take advantage of this relatively low-emitting, domestic alternative fuel in their own fleets.

Measuring Progress

The number of EVs in PG&E’s service area reached 150,000 in 2017. PG&E is aiming to support more than 2 million clean-fueled vehicles by 2030.

Plug-In Electric Vehicles in PG&E’s Service Area Footnote 1
  Approximate Number of EVs
2012 11,565
2013 30,348
2014 57,772
2015 78,490
2016 111,232
2017 150,659
  • 1. Electric Power Research Institute, based on external registration data, 2017.1

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 1.9 million gallon equivalents each year.

PG&E-Supplied Natural Gas Consumed by the Transportation Sector Footnote 1
  Bcf of natural gas consumption
2012 2.50
2013 2.80
2014 3.09
2015 3.27
2016 3.55
2017 3.66
  • 1. Based on PG&E billing data.1

Looking Ahead

PG&E continues to focus on supporting the transition to clean transportation by expanding fueling infrastructure for vehicles of all kinds.

In 2018, PG&E’s EV Charge Network program will continue to grow and scale installations. Targeting workplaces and multi-unit dwellings, the program will improve access to EV charging across PG&E’s service area. Interested customers can learn more about the program and apply at

PG&E will launch three customer fleet demonstration projects, working with school bus, transit bus and truck idle-reduction customers to test innovative energy storage and charging-management strategies to lower upfront and operational costs of EVs in truck and bus fleets. The results of these pilots should help PG&E in the rollout of the broader fleet infrastructure programs approved in 2018 by the CPUC. The new programs will increase fast charging options for consumers as well as electric charging infrastructure for non-light-duty fleet vehicles. PG&E will pay for and aid installation of the infrastructure from the electric grid to the charger.

Additionally, PG&E plans to begin work on two new innovative demonstration projects through PG&E’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, pending approval of EPIC 3 by the CPUC. In the first, PG&E will partner with a ridesharing network to evaluate how EV drivers who use the network charge their cars, and how to manage that load based on grid conditions. In the second demonstration, PG&E will leverage blockchain technology to account for renewable energy being conducted into EVs, helping verify the low carbon-intensity of the fuel used to power the car.

Looking ahead, PG&E will also continue to promote low-carbon fuel options for customers, including CNG, liquefied natural gas and hydrogen for heavy-duty truck and marine transportation.