PG&E Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2020

Plan of Reorganization Commitments

Greening Our Fleet

PG&E operates one of the cleanest transportation fleets in the energy industry, comprised of nearly 1,500 alternative fuel vehicles that range 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 is working to reduce emissions and operating costs.

Our Approach

We are committed to 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 met 2010 standards for nitrogen oxide emissions by the end of 2018, five years ahead of the 2023 California Air Resources Board regulatory requirement.

2019 Milestones

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

  • Promoted employee electric vehicle adoption through workplace charging. PG&E installed nearly 50 chargers at our facilities in 2019—contributing to a total of 1,230 charge points at 117 locations across our service area.
  • Integrated driver feedback technology in multiple ways. We installed telematics in nearly 7,700 vehicles and pieces of equipment by the end of 2019. We also transitioned to a next generation platform that will allow us to deploy the driver feedback technology to even more vehicles. In-cab alerts enabled on most of these vehicles can indicate hard braking, hard acceleration, exceeding the speed limit and other actions that help promote safe driving behavior and fuel efficiency.
  • Deployed four compressed natural gas warehouse tractors. We worked with Peterbilt to construct and deploy four compressed natural gas fueled warehouse tractors to replace diesel units that each used about 5,000 gallons of diesel per year.
  • Continued transition from diesel to renewable diesel. We rolled out renewable diesel to every practical PG&E-owned tank—using more than 2.6 million gallons of renewable diesel in our conventional vehicles and reducing associated carbon emissions.

Measuring Progress

PG&E managed approximately 13,000 on-road vehicles and related equipment in its fleet at the end of 2019. Of those, about 1,360 were electric-based and 65 were powered by compressed natural gas. Our network of electric charging stations is also growing: last year we surpassed 1,230 charge points at 117 locations across our service area.

We also maintain a network of 32 compressed natural gas 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 renewable diesel 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
2017 2018 2019
Petroleum Consumed by PG&E Fleet (gallons) 10,649,458 9,706,779 9,623,552
Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Consumed by PG&E Fleet (gallons) Footnote 1 192,320 1,727,015 2,665,568
  • 1. In 2017, PG&E began deploying a renewable diesel blend at a limited number of our fueling stations. The 2018 and 2019 figures represent renewable diesel.1