Transportation Electrification Activities Pursuant to Senate Bill 350


On January 11, 2018, the CPUC approved the first transportation electrification applications under SB 350 from the three large investor-owned utilities. The decision approves 15 projects with combined budgets of $42 million. These 'priority review' pilot projects were considered by the Commission on an expedited schedule. A summary of the approved programs and their budgets can be found here. Information about the IOUs' proposals that are still under review can be found below.

Upcoming Events

March 7, 2018: Comments are due to Energy Division staff on the draft SB 350 TE Reporting templates posted below.

SB 350 TE Applications

The CPUC is collaborating with the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission to implement requirements set forth by California Senate Bill (SB) 350 to support widespread transportation electrification. In September 2016, Commissioner Carla J. Peterman issued a guidance ruling setting forth the requirements for the investor-owned utilities’ transportation electrification Applications.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) filed Applications containing proposed transportation electrification projects on January 20, 2017:

Together, PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E submitted proposals to invest $1 billion in transportation electrification over an approximate five year period. A summary of the proposals is provided in this table.

The smaller investor-owned utilities, Bear Valley Electric, PacifiCorp, and Liberty Utilities filed their applications and testimony on June 30, 2017.

SB 350 TE Reporting Requirements

Section 8 of the proposed decision in A.17-01-020, et al., sets out data collection requirements to ensure reporting is consistent across utilities and all data is reported in a usable format that can be analyzed by outside groups and easily shared across utilities. These draft documents will be finalized by Energy Division staff for utilities to use when implementing and reporting on their SB 350 TE programs.

 There are two draft reporting templates:

  1. Word document to collect qualitative data (updated on January 8, 2018)
  2. Excel template to collect quantitative data (updated on January 8, 2018)

Section 10 of the proposed decision in A.17-01-020, et al., establishes guidelines to ensure the safety of utility workers, contractors, and program participants. The Safety and Enforcement Division has worked with Energy Division staff and the utilities to develop a draft safety requirements checklist. A final checklist will be developed and posted after feedback from stakeholders, and utilities are asked to develop project-specific safety requirements and compliance reporting methodologies with their program advisory committees.

Past Workshops and Events

December 4, 2017, 6 p.m.: Community meeting in Fresno to get input from the public on the transportation electrification plans of PG&E.

  1.  Read More
  2. View the CPUC's Presentation from the Meeting

September 2017: The CPUC held three community meetings to get input from the public on the transportation electrification plans of SDG&E, Southern California Edison, and PG&E.

  1.  Read more
  2.  View the CPUC’s Presentation from the Workshops

August 31, 2017: Pre-Hearing Conference on the transportation electrification applications of Bear Valley Electric, PacifiCorp, and Liberty Utilities

  1. Agenda

July 11, 2017: CPUC Workshop on the standard review projects in PG&E, SCE and SDG&E's Transportation Electrification applications

  1. Agenda
  2. Presentation
  3. Energy Division Staff Summary of the standard review proposals
  4. Recording of the WebEx

May 17, 2017: CPUC Workshop on on the priority review projects in PG&E, SCE and SDG&E's Transportation Electrification applications

  1. Agenda
  2. Presentation
  3. Recording  
  4. Energy Division staff Discussion Document 

April 13, 2017: The Scoping Memo for the combined proceedings A.17-01-020, et al. was issued by the assigned Administrative Law Judges and Commissioner.

February 8, 2017: CPUC workshop for PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E to each provide an overview of their transportation electrification applications:

April 29, 2016: CPUC workshop on the transportation electrification requirements established under SB 350.

  1. Agenda  
  2. Workshop recording
  3. Presentations:  

Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Working Group

The CPUC, in collaboration with the California Energy Commission, convened a working group to assess how and whether the adoption of a communications protocol is necessary to enable VGI resources to more economically participate in electricity markets at scale.

Senate Bill 350

In October 2015, California adopted SB 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, which increased established a 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target, the state’s renewable energy requirement to 50 percent, mandates a doubling of energy efficiency, and requires the state to increase the efficiency of travel. Additional information about CPUC’s implementation of SB 350 is found here.

SB 350 orders the CPUC to direct the six investor-owned electric utilities in the state to file Applications for programs that “accelerate widespread transportation electrification.” These programs are required to reduce dependence on petroleum, increase the adoption of zero-emission vehicles, help meet air quality standards, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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