Electric Vehicles:
Edison’s Infrastructure Pilot Program 

Background

On October 30, 2014, Edison filed an Application requesting CPUC approval to implement a pilot program to deploy electric infrastructure for up to 30,000 EV charging stations in its service territory, over a five-year period. Edison proposes to implement its Charge Ready Program in two phases.  

  • Phase 1: A one-year pilot to deploy up to 1,500 charging stations along with education and outreach - at an estimated cost of $22 million.  
      
  • Phase 2: Based on lessons learned from Phase 1, deploy a full scale program of the balance of the 30,000 charging stations along with broader education and outreach at - an estimated cost of $333 million.   

Edison claims its program will remove key barriers that will accelerate EV adoption by increasing:  

  • The availability of EV charging infrastructure where EVs can be parked for extended periods starting in 2015.   
  • Overall customer education and awareness of the benefits of EVs and fueling from the electric grid, as well as the impact on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions that address local air quality needs.      

 

 Proposed Settlement Agreement

On July 9, 2015, ORA, Edison and other parties filed a proposed Settlement Agreement with the CPUC proposing an Edison Charge Ready program that would:   

  • Allow Edison to deploy, own, and maintain the foundational electric infrastructure up to the point where it interconnects with the charging station (this aspect of the foundational infrastructure is also known as the "Make Ready").    
      
  • Require quarterly reports during Phase 1 deployment culminating in a final report, which will enable the CPUC to identify lessons learned at the beginning of the program in order to make improvements that will ensure the success of Phase 2 deployment.  
      
  • Cap Phase 1 budget at $22 million as a ratepayer protection, in order to pause and reexamine the program if 1000 charging stations have not been deployed.  
      
  • Utilize an Advisory Board to provide guidance on program design and implementation issues.   
      
  • Define Edison’s and EV service providers’ roles in marketing, education, and outreach efforts to promote and enhance program success.  

On September 14, 2015, the CPUC issued a Ruling setting a schedule to address the proposed Settlement Agreement, and directing Edison to work with settling parties to provide additional information related to the design and implementation of its updated pilot program as described in the Settlement Agreement.  

 

CPUC Final Decision

On January 14, 2016, the CPUC issued its Decision approving the Settlement Agreement with the following changes:  

  • Sets a Rebate Design which will promote charging station installation in underserved markets. 
    • 25% rebate on the charging station base price for all non-residential market segments  
    • 50% rebate for those installed in multi-unit dwellings  
    • 100% rebate for those installed in disadvantaged communities   
     
  • Authorizes Edison to request program modification in a Phase 2, which will allow lessons learned from Phase 1 to be incorporated into improved program design.  
      
  • Requires that Edison to develop metrics to measure how load is managed at charging station sites to minimize the potential for incurring additional distribution infrastructure costs.   

 

Program Advisory Councils (PAC)

Edison formed a Program Advisory Council to provide input into its pilot program activities: 

  • The PAC is comprices of Electric Vehicle Service Providers (EVSPs), ratepayer advocates, environmental groups, and automobile manufacturres. 
  • The PAC meets quarterly. 

 

 

ORA Position

ORA supports the state’s goals to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions and improve air quality by increasing the adoption of Electric Vehicles. ORA further supports strategies for EV charger deployment that will achieve this goal in the most effective and cost-efficient manner, to minimize the risk of stranding ratepayer investments. ORA supports the CPUC's January 2016 Decision, as it is consistent with the Settlement Agreement which promotes both market competition and ratepayer protections.   

  

Edison's Pilot Proposal

ORA’s analysis of Edison’s original Application found that the size and duration of its Phase 1 Pilot program may provide the CPUC with near-term data to adequately inform a full-scale roll-out of EV infrastructure. ORA supports Edison’s proposal to:  

  • Own the infrastructure only up to the ‘Make-Ready’ component, which is infrastructure required to interconnect the charger (such as paneling and wiring), but does not include the charger itself. This ownership structure promotes market competition that may result in expanded customer choice at a potentially lower cost.  
      
  • Collaborate with governmental agencies and form an Advisory Board in order to enhance the effectiveness of Edison’s program.  
      
  • Deploy infrastructure in disadvantaged communities to promote EV adoption in these communities.  

However, to minimize ratepayer risk and promote an optimal outcome for Edison’s pilot program, ORA recommends the CPUC should:    

  • Limit the EV charger rebate to 25% to the total cost, which would subsidize a portion and serve as an incentive, with 15% upfront and the final 10% upon demonstrated use.  
      
  • Expand the role of Edison’s proposed Advisory Board so that a broad range of stakeholders have an opportunity to provide guidance and expertise regarding all program elements.  
      
  • Order Edison to develop and utilize performance metrics, including charger use and grid impacts, to better inform the CPUC regarding pilot achievements.   
      
  • Conduct workshops to clarify the utilities’ role in Marketing, Education & Outreach, as well as siting issues in disadvantage communities.  

 

See ORA's: 

May 15, 2015 Testimony on Phase 1 of Edison’s Application.   

March 16, 2015 EV Framework Proposal in Chapter 6 of its Testimony or ORA's CalEVIP Proposal page.    

December 4, 2014 Protest to SCE’s Application.     

 
 
 

Proceeding Status

See the Proceeding docket.  

 

Other Resources

Edison Charge Ready Program