San Diego Gas & Electric announced today that an array of groups representing environmental, environmental justice, electric vehicle service providers, automakers and labor has agreed to support the utility’s proposal to substantially increase its electric vehicle grid-integration pilot project.
The agreement calls for SDG&E to install EV charging infrastructure at up to 550 business and multi-family locations throughout its service territory, with 10 chargers at each location for a total of 5,500 separate chargers. Building owners and managers would have a choice of grid-integrated rate options and equipment, promoting competition and market growth in this nascent industry.These diverse organizations have come together to make this pilot program a key step in meeting Governor Jerry Brown’s goal of having 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on California roads by 2025.
SDG&E would install at least 10 percent of the chargers in economically disadvantaged communities to expand access to clean EVs in these underserved areas. The pilot will feature special rates that encourage EV customers to lower their fueling costs by charging their cars when electricity supply, including renewable energy, is plentiful and energy prices are low.
With rates encouraging off-peak charging, vehicles would be efficiently integrated onto the grid, helping to avoid on-peak charging that drives the need to build more power plants and other electrical infrastructure.
The settlement agreement supporting the EV pilot was signed by a wide variety of stakeholders, including SDG&E, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Sierra Club, California Coalition of Utility Employees, the Greenlining Institute, ChargePoint Inc., NRG EV Services LLC, Smart Grid Services Siemens AG, Plug in America, General Motors, Honda Motors, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, KN Grid, CALSTART, the Center for Sustainable Energy and the Green Power Institute.
The agreement was submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The CPUC will review the agreement and is expected to issue a final decision later this year.
The San Diego region is already a leader on the road to a clean transportation future and is home to more than 16,000 plug-in EVs, which is one of the largest concentrations in the country.
SDG&E’s Vehicle-Grid Integration pilot offers a model for combined effort between the public and private sectors, leveraging the unique skills of all the participants, to install the necessary infrastructure to help meet the Governor’s transportation and climate goals. This partnership is crucial to developing a comprehensive network of readily available charging stations, which will reassure California’s EV drivers that they will have a place to charge their vehicles. It will support efforts to fight climate change, as the transportation sector currently creates approximately 40% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, whereas clean EVs are emissions-free.