PG&E’S SB 350 Priority Review Projects

Below is summary of PG&E’s Priority Review Projects which are under review at the Commission.

Medium/Heavy-Duty Fleet Customer Demonstration

PG&E proposes to partner with a bus agency or a delivery company to install EV make-ready infrastructure to electrify the customer’s existing fleet. PG&E will select a customer whose fleet is based-in or traverses DACs. Project goal is to show EV has a lower ownership cost than fossil fleet. PG&E will incorporate technology solutions to help lower customer’s charging costs. For example, PG&E may employ software that only charges fleet up to their required duty-cycle, and then charges full during off-peak times to avoid demand charges. Or PG&E may install batteries onsite to store energy during off-peak times and use the batteries to charge the fleet during peak times to lower charging costs. If approved, PG&E estimates this program will cost $3.4 million.

Idle Reduction Technology Customer Demonstration

PG&E proposes to partner with a customer, who currently operates a MD/HD fleet, to test idle-reduction technology. At truck stops, refrigerated trucks often stay idle simply to keep its refrigeration unit running. This project will test the feasibility of deploying chargers at truck stops to power the trucks’ refrigerators to reduce engine idling and tailpipe emissions. If approved, PG&E estimates this program will cost $3.4 million.

Electric School Bus Renewables Integration Pilot

PG&E proposes to electrify school buses since they have a routine duty-cycle that includes a long downtime when school is in-session. PG&E will work with a school district to deploy make-ready network to electrify their bus fleet. Once operational, PG&E will test managed charging for the bus fleet, such as charging when buses are not in-use and when the grid has excess supply of renewable power. If approved, PG&E estimates this program will cost $3.4 million.

Home Charger Information Resource Pilot

PG&E proposes to develop a website for customers to use as a resource to research residential chargers nearby and to find licensed installers. The site will give customers information to better-understand their own charging needs should they choose to electrify and will serve as a marketing tool for perspective customers. If approved, PG&E estimates this program will cost $1.8 million.

Open Request for Proposals for Third-Party EV Innovators

To foster competition and innovation among non-utility enterprises, PG&E proposes to issue request for proposals to solicit innovative project ideas to promote EV adoption. If approved, PG&E estimates this program will cost $8.2 million.

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