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<span class="articleLocation”>California’s three biggest utilities plan to
spend $1 billion to speed the electrification of vehicles, from
transit buses to forklifts, in a statewide effort to reduce
reliance on fossil fuels, regulatory filings show.
Utilities Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas &
Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric filed
their plans late last week with the California Public Utilities
Commission, which must approve them.
The commission late last year directed the utilities to
submit plans to spur vehicle electrification in their service
areas. The state is aiming to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s ambitious
goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990
levels by 2030, with a target of 4.2 million zero emissions
vehicles on its roads.
The utilities are seeking to recover program costs from
customers through rate hikes. Increased use of electric vehicles
would also spur demand for the power they sell.
Southern California Edison plans to spend more than $570
million on measures that include installing charging
infrastructure for trucks, buses and cranes, and monetary
rewards for rideshare drivers who use electric vehicles.
Pacific Gas & Electric’s $250 million proposal includes $22
million to speed development of stations that can charge an
electric vehicle in 20 to 30 minutes.
San Diego Gas & Electric is proposing a $226 million
five-year budget for 90,000 residential electric vehicle
chargers, and an additional $18 million for other measures.
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