San Diego Gas and Electric pilot to bring 5500 EV chargers to California

San Diego Gas and Electric pilot to bring 5500 EV chargers to California

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is making big moves to be a leader in electric vehicle (EV) integration, with an agreement for a pilot project that will improve the utility's charging infrastructure by 550 sites throughout SDG&E's service territory.

The pilot project is a partnership between various groups, according to SDG&E, and have a goal of implementing California Governor Jerry Brown's order of having 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2025.

"We are very pleased to enter into this agreement with such a diverse group of stakeholders all working together to promote clean electric vehicles," said Jim Avery, SDG&E's senior vice president for power supply, in a statement. "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. To ensure charging is accessible to all customers, our pilot will address gaps like this in the market."

Back in February, SDG&E sent out a request for bids for an EV and energy storage system to create a more reliable grid. According to SDG&E, there are currently more than 13,000 EVs in their service territory.

The 550 installations will be at business and multi-family locations throughout SDG&E's service territory, and will include 10 chargers at each location -- for a total of 5,500 new chargers. The utility will be installing more than 10 percent of the chargers in underserved communities, and will feature special rates when customers charge their vehicles during off-peak times.

"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 said in a statement. "However, EV growth needs to step up at a much quicker pace to meet Governor Jerry Brown's call for 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2025."

SDG&E said the Vehicle-Grid Integration pilot will use the unique skills of the partner companies in both the public and private sectors to best meet Gov. Brown's 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," SDG&E said in a statement. "It will support efforts to fight climate change, as the transportation sector currently creates approximately 40 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions, whereas clean EVs are emissions-free."

The organizations in the partnership include 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.

SDG&E has submitted their plans to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and is awaiting a decision.

Source: Smart Grid News

Smart Grid Bulletin March 2019

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