PG&E Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2018

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Greening Our Fleet

PG&E operates one of the cleanest transportation fleets in the energy industry, with nearly 2,900 alternative fuel vehicles ranging from hybrid-electric bucket trucks to compressed natural gas vehicles. By integrating the latest available technologies and partnering with automakers to meet needs unique to our fleet operations, PG&E reduces emissions and operating costs, supports local businesses and expands our portfolio of low-emission vehicles.

Our Approach

Fulfilling our commitment to a clean fleet begins by exceeding federal and state vehicle emissions and alternative fuel requirements.

Federal regulations require that 90 percent of all light-duty vehicles purchased for our fleet are capable of using an alternative fuel—such as electricity or compressed natural gas—provided that the technology is commercially available. To comply with California’s on-road diesel vehicle regulations, all of PG&E’s medium- and heavy-duty diesel vehicles met or exceeded 2007 standards for particulate levels by the end of 2016, and all vehicles in our fleet will meet 2010 standards for nitrogen oxide emissions by the end of 2018, five years ahead of the 2023 California Air Resource Board regulation due date.

2017 Milestones

Last year, PG&E invested in a number of new vehicles and technologies to further green our fleet. Among other efforts, we:

  • Deployed additional electric power take-off equipped (ePTO) bucket trucks. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, in partnership with Altec Industries, pioneered the development of these advanced vehicles that use a series of on-board batteries to allow crews to operate the bucket and other onboard equipment without having to idle the engine. We first deployed them in 2011. By the end of 2017, we deployed nearly 950 ePTO bucket trucks in our service area.
  • Integrated driver feedback technology in multiple ways. We installed telematics in nearly 7,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment by the end of 2017. In-cab alerts enabled on most of these vehicles can indicate hard braking, hard acceleration, exceeding the speed limit and other actions that can affect fuel efficiency and safety. This driver feedback promotes safe driving behavior and fuel efficiency, and we plan to install more than 2,100 additional units in 2018.
  • Promoted employee electric vehicle adoption through workplace charging. PG&E installed nearly 130 chargers at our facilities via our Workplace Charging Program in 2017. PG&E has more than 100 chargers at our Bishop Ranch location in San Ramon—one of the largest single-building EV charging installation in California.

Measuring Progress

PG&E managed approximately 13,000 on-road vehicles and related equipment in its fleet at the end of 2017. Of those, about 1,560 were electric-based, 115 were powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and 1,200 were fueled by biodiesel. Our network of electric charging stations is also growing: last year we reached more than 1,130 charge points at about 105 locations across our service area.

We also maintain a network of 32 CNG vehicle refueling facilities, 24 of which are open to customers. PG&E uses its expertise to help commercial customers take advantage of this relatively low-emitting domestic alternative fuel in their own fleets.

Fuel Use Statistics

PG&E uses petroleum and biodiesel to power many of the vehicles in our fleet. The following chart shows PG&E’s fuel usage over the past three years.

Transportation Fuel Consumed by Pacific Gas and Electric Company
2015 2016 2017
Petroleum Consumed by PG&E Fleet (gallons) 11,173,337 10,861,933 10,649,458
Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Consumed by PG&E Fleet (gallons) 160,973 187,152 192,320 Footnote 1
  • 1. In 2017, PG&E began deploying a renewable diesel blend at a limited number of our fueling stations.1

Looking Ahead

PG&E’s goals are to build a smarter, cleaner fleet of vehicles to reduce PG&E’s carbon footprint, while exceeding state and federal emissions regulations.

As part of PG&E’s Million Ton Challenge, a carbon reduction goal for our operations, we’ll be actively working over the next five years to prioritize:

  • Electric vehicles
  • CNG vehicles fueled with renewable natural gas (RNG)
  • Hydrogen vehicles

In addition, as part of our sustainability commitment, we began replacing diesel fuel with approximately 2 million gallons of cleaner emitting renewable diesel in 2018. We continue to use real-time telematics data to optimize equipment utilization, reduce miles traveled, and increase fuel economy and asset performance.

We also continue to work with industry, regulators, automakers and other partners to promote the transition to alternative fuel vehicles. This commitment includes our engagement with EEI to help speed the incorporation of plug-in electric technologies into vehicle fleets. We also continue to promote CNG, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen for heavy-duty truck and marine transportation.