The California Public Utilities Commission has unanimously voted to approve Pacific Gas & Electric’s Charge Smart and Save charging infrastructure program.
The $130-million project will deploy 7,500 charging stations across northern California, primarily at multi-family dwellings and workplaces. PG&E has agreed to install 15 percent of the charging stations in disadvantaged communities, and aims to install 50 percent at multi-unit dwellings.
Pricing will be based on time of use to encourage drivers to charge during off-peak hours or when renewable energy is abundant.
Earlier this year, the CPUC approved similar projects for Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, which will deploy a total of 5,000 charging stations in southern California.
“We are pleased to see the Commission give the green light to an innovative program that will allow Californians to plug in their vehicles where charging is needed most and when it’s most beneficial to the grid,” said Sierra Club attorney Joe Halso. “This program will help California build healthier communities, and sets a strong example for utilities across the country.”
Source: Sierra Club