Diverse Coalition Backs SDG&E’S Electric Vehicle Charging Program
San Diego Gas & Electric reports a settlement agreement with environmental, environmental justice, EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment providers, automakers and labor groups in support of SDG&E’s innovative Electric Vehicle Grid-Integration pilot project.
SDG&E is seeking California Public Utility Commission approval to install as many as 5,500 EV chargers at up to 550 sites ¬– with an emphasis on workplaces and multi-unit dwellings – while offering special rates to encourage charging at optimal times for the grid.
“We will own operate and maintain the equipment,” says SDG&E clean transportation manager Greg Haddow, who says that once CPUC approval is in hand, an RFI will be issued, followed by an RFP inviting EVSE outfits to bid.
Project Would Help Meet State Goals
“More than 50 percent of SDG&E’s residential customers live in multi-family communities, where only a small fraction currently has access to charging,” SDG&E’s senior VP for power supply Jim Avery says in the settlement announcement.
“To ensure charging is accessible to all customers, our pilot will address gaps like this in the market.”
Lots of Infrastructure Providers
“We are very pleased to enter into this agreement with such a diverse group of stakeholders,” Avery said.
“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,” the utility says.
In addition to SDG&E itself, the stakeholders include
- the Natural Resources Defense Council,
- the Environmental Defense Fund,
- the Sierra Club,
- the California Coalition of Utility Employees,
- the Greenlining Institute,
- ChargePoint, Inc.,
- NRG EV Services,
- Smart Grid Services,
- Siemens AG,
- Plug In America,
- General Motors,
- Honda Motors,
- The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers,
- KN Grid,
- the Center for Sustainable Energy and
- the Green Power Institute.
“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,” states a release.
The agreement backs SDG&E’s proposal to install EV charging equipment at up to 550 business and multi-family locations throughout its service territory, with ten chargers at each location for a total of 5,500 separate chargers.
‘A Good Healthy Variety of Vendors’
“We would like to have a good healthy variety of vendors,” Haddow says. Facility hosts will be able to decide whether Level 1 or faster Level 2 chargers are warranted, but all would be networked, with drivers able to say how much they’re willing to pay for their electricity. They will be able to plug in, and leave their vehicle, and charging will commence when the appropriately priced power is available.
“Building owners and managers would have a choice of grid-integrated rate options and equipment, promoting competition and market growth in this nascent industry,” SDG&E says.
10% in Economically Disadvantaged Areas
The utility pledges to install at least 10% of the chargers in economically disadvantaged communities to expand access to clean EVs.
And, “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,” SDG&E says.
The utility notes that the San Diego area is already home to more than 16,000 plug-in EVs, “one of the largest concentrations in the country.
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Source: San Diego Gas & Electric with Fleets & Fuels follow-up