CPUC/NRG Settlement Agreement
On April 27, 2012, the CPUC filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) a settlement agreement that will bring to California a statewide network of charging stations for Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVs), including at least 200 public fast-charging stations and the infrastructure for 10,000 plug-in units at 1,000 diverse locations across the state to “make-ready” the sites for PEV adoption. On November 5, 2012, FERC issued an order approving the Settlement.
On November 2, 2015, CPUC and NRG jointly filed with FERC eight technical amendments to the settlement agreement. On February 24, 2016, FERC issued an order approving the amendment.
On February 22, 2017, CPUC and NRG agreed to a second amendment to the settlement agreement to extend and increase the public benefits related to the settlement agreement and amend some technical requirements within the amendment.
As part of the settlement,NRG is required to spend $5 million on demonstration projects aimed at advancing electric vehicle technologies. NRG has allocated that funding among three projects:
- Modular Micro-grid DC-Fast Charging Project: NRG will spend $1 million to demonstrate how micro-grid components, including power storage, on-site renewable generation and dispensing, can reduce the cost of developing and operating DC Fast Chargers when designed to address the specific needs of individual sites. If the pilot is successful, NRG will incorporate similar technologies into its broader roll-out of a DC Fast-Charging network.
- High-Speed Electric Vehicle Charging Demonstration: NRG will spend $2.2 million to develop standards and demonstrate an open-access model with 100kW or greater charging equipment to support faster charging of longer-range electric vehicles.
- EV Storage Accelerator Project: NRG will spend $1 million and coordinate with University of California San Diego, Nissan and Honda, to test bi-directional capabilities of electric vehicles and the test potential for using vehicles for a variety of energy storage use cases such as grid services, building load management and distribution system support.
NRG is also required to spend $4 million on projects that increase awareness of the social benefits of electric vehicles while creating opportunities for residents of under-served communities gain access to electric vehicles. NRG has allocated that funding between two projects:
- The Green Raiteros Project: NRG will spend $519,400 and partner with local non-profits to deploy charging infrastructure that enables the use of electric vehicles for ridesharing programs in the Central Valley.
- Electric Access Charging Hub (EACH) Project: NRG will spend $3,480,600 to provide EV charging support in three car-sharing and shuttle programs targeting low-income communities.
NRG is required to report their progress installing the PEV infrastructure to the CPUC quarterly and annually.