CPUC approves utility’s plan for expanded electric vehicle charging

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved an infrastructure plan by PG&E (NYSE:PCG) utility Pacific Gas and Electric to support up to 7,500 electric vehicle charging ports in workplaces, disadvantaged communities, and multi-unit dwellings.

In a decision made Dec. 15, the CPUC provided guidance and direction to PG&E for its electric vehicle infrastructure and education pilot program, which is capped at $130m for Phase 1. The decision allows PG&E to own up to 35% of the total charging ports deployed in the program in multi-unit dwellings and disadvantaged communities. It also approves a time of use charging rate that site hosts may choose to utilize.

PG&E must work with local planning agencies and meet a number of site selection criteria when choosing and developing sites. An advisory committee was established to assist with implementation along with quarterly reporting, parameters for data collection, and evaluation criteria.

Electric vehicle programs for Edison International (NYSE:EIX) utility Southern California Edison (SCE) and Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) were previously approved by the CPUC.


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