SDG&E files proposed electric transportation proposals with CPUC

Written By: Stratton Report
January 20, 2017

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On January 20, SDG&E announced it had filed a series of proposals with the CPUC to install tens of thousands of electric charging stations to encourage the transition to zero-emission EVs, trucks, shuttles, and delivery fleets, among other areas.

Caroline Winn, chief operating officer of SDG&E noted:

“SDG&E has spent more than a decade reducing our carbon footprint through the rapid expansion of clean energy. We all want to breathe cleaner air, which means slowing down the impacts of climate change will require an increased focus on the areas that produce the most harmful emissions. We are committed as a business and a community partner to improving lives by developing meaningful solutions.”

According to the utility, if SDG&E’s proposals are approved, additional electric charging stations would be installed at San Diego International Airport, Port of San Diego, for delivery fleets, taxi/rideshare, Park-and-Rides and residential homes throughout the region.

The filing, per SDG&E, is in response to Senate Bill 350 which mandated installing and expanding the charging network and other necessary infrastructure.

Debra Kelley, advocacy director for the American Lung Association observed: “In order to support clean air and a healthy climate, the transportation sector as a whole, including passenger vehicles, heavy-duty trucks, and fleet vehicles must all transition to clean, low-carbon technologies. The American Lung Association in California supports SDG&E’s efforts to expand access to electric transportation in our region, reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.”

SDG&E’s transportation electrification proposals include installation of up to 90,000 charging stations at single family homes throughout the company’s service area; installation of up to 45 charging ports to enable electrification of approximately 90 new pieces of ground support equipment at San Diego International Airport; installation of several electric vehicle charging stations and research meters to study the charging habits of heavy and medium-duty electric trucks and forklifts at the Port of San Diego; installation of grid-integrated charging stations for about 90 fleet delivery vehicles at approximately six business locations; grid-integrated charging infrastructure to four Park-and-Ride locations; incentives to purchase electric taxis and shuttles and install charging stations at five locations frequently traveled by taxis, shuttles and rideshare vehicles. 50 EV drivers from rideshare companies would receive fueling credits on their electric bills; and EV educational programs and financial incentives for the sale of EVs.