PG&E Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2020

Plan of Reorganization Commitments

Clean Transportation

PG&E is committed to providing clean transportation programs and incentives that are affordable and easy to use—and that help California meet its clean air and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. We continue to actively 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.
  • EV 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.
  • Our new EV Schools and Parks program will invest $12 million over two years in charging infrastructure at schools and state parks.
  • Our Empower EV program will support targeted community outreach to provide EV education and rebates for EV chargers and installation for income-qualified residential customers. The program will total $4 million over two years.

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.

2019 Milestones

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

  • Continued construction of new charging stations under the EV Charge Network program. PG&E has installed approximately 2,300 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 2020.
  • Launched the 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. PG&E completed construction on the first five sites in support of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fleet customers.
  • Received regulatory approval for EV Schools and Parks (to invest in charging infrastructure at schools and state parks) and Empower EV (to provide EV education and rebates for EV chargers and installation for income-qualified residential customers).
  • Received approval of new rate structures to accelerate transportation electrification. PG&E’s commercial EV rate will make charging costs more consistent and affordable for businesses with EV charging like workplaces, fleets and public fast charging sites. The new rate creates a subscription-style structure, similar to a cell phone data plan, with simpler time-of-use periods than existing commercial rates.
  • 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.

Measuring Progress

The number of cumulative EV registrations in PG&E’s service area reached nearly 275,000 in 2019, as PG&E estimates approximately 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
2019 274,356
  • 1. Electric Power Research Institute, based on external registration data, 2019.1

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
2015 2.02
2016 1.38
2017 2.39
2018 1.99
2019 1.81
  • 1. Based on PG&E reporting data to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).1