- Critical stakeholders including automakers, labor representatives, environmentalists and service providers now support the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) proposal to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at up to 550 sites and offer special rates for charging during off-peak hours, City News Services reports.
- The SDG&E initiatives, if approved in a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decision expected this year, would put 10 chargers at each site and provide a choice of rate options and equipment. At least 10% of the chargers would be placed in disadvantaged and under-served communities to expand EV access.
- The proposal supports Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to get 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2025. It also supports the Governor’s 50% renewables mandate by providing San Diego’s 16,000 EV drivers with lower electricity rates to charge during hours when the grid has more solar or wind power generating electricity.
All three of California’s dominant investor-owned utilities have proposals for expanded EV charger programs awaiting approval by the CPUC.
PG&E wants to build 25,000 level two charging stations and 100 DC fast charging stations at a cost of $653.8 million. The bill impact would reach only $0.001 per kWh over the next five years, adding an estimated $0.70 per month to the typical residential customer’s bill from 2018 to 2022.
The Southern California Edison $355 million Charge Ready Programs would build 31,500 charging stations by 2020 and result in a rate increase of $0.001 per kWh, or 0.1% to 0.3% of the average bill.
The SDG&E $103 million electric vehicle-grid integration (VGI) plan was designed to test customer response to variable rates for vehicle charging. The 550 charging stations built between 2015 and 2025 would cost approximately $59 million and the ten year operations and maintenance cost would add $44 million.