Alternative-Fueled Vehicles Proceedings
The CPUC’s work on Alternative-Fueled Vehicles (AFV) began in 1990 by implementing policies that developed equipment and infrastructure to facilitate the use of electricity and natural gas to fuel low-emission vehicles (P.U. Code 740.3). In 2006, the State adopted Assembly Bill (AB) 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. In response, the Air Resources Board (ARB) created a Climate Change Scoping Plan (2008), which identified that efficient, zero-emission vehicles using low carbon fuels are “needed as vital components” for the State to achieve its GHG emission reduction goals. Pursuant to the Scoping Plan and Senate Bill (SB) 626 (Kehoe 2009), the CPUC began adopting rules that supported the widespread deployment and use of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles (P.U. Code 740.2). In its Alternative-Fueled Vehicles rulemakings the CPUC coordinates with other state agencies to determine policies, ensure adequate electrical infrastructure, and develop the technology needed to achieve California’s renewable energy, air quality, and climate change goals.
Recent Updates, Documents
Participate in the AFV Proceedings
- R.14-08-013 Distribution Resources Plans per P.U.Code Section 769
- A.14-10-014 SCE Charge Ready and Market Education Program
- A.14-04-014 SDG&E Electric Vehicle-Grid Integration Pilot Program
- A.13-12-015 SCE Rate Design Window Proposals
- R.13-11-007 Alternative Fueled Vehicles Rulemaking
- R.11-03-012 GHG Emissions Revenues and Costs (Track 2 regarding the Low Carbon Fuel Standard)
- Subscribe to the AFV Service Lists
AFV Policy & Proceeding History
R.13-11-007: Order Instituting Rulemaking to Consider Alternative-Fueled Vehicle Programs, Tariffs, and Policies
Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Initiative
- Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-16-2012 set forth several goals related to ZEVs, chiefly to deploy 1.5 million ZEVs on California roads by 2025 and to reduce the State’s transportation-related GHG emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. A subsequent Action Plan identified specific strategies and responsibilities for State agencies in pursuit of the goals. CAISO, CEC, and CPUC have worked with stakeholders as directed by the Action plan to develop a Vehicle-Grid Integration Roadmap.
R.11-03-012: Order Instituting Rulemaking to address utility cost and revenue issues associated with greenhouse gas emissions.
- Track 2 of the proceeding regards the use of the IOU’s revenue from the sale of Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits. Energy Division held workshops (3- 4/2012) on proposed mechanisms for the direct return of credit revenue to benefit PEV owners, and solicited opening and reply comments from parties (6-7/2012). CARB’s LCFS Program page provides additional information
- Ruling Amending the Scoping Memo and Requesting Additional Comment on LCFS Credits
- D.14-05-021 Decision authorizing electric and natural gas investor-owned utilities to sell Low Carbon Fuel Standard Credits, as modified by D.14-07-003 (Order Correcting Error).
- Proposed Decision adopting Low Carbon Fuel Standard revenue allocation methodology for the IOUs.
R.09-08-009: Order Instituting Rulemaking considering AFV tariffs infrastructure, and policies to support California’s GHG emissions reduction goals
- Phase 1 Scoping Memo (1/2/2010)
- D.10-07-044 Decision concluding that providers of electric vehicle charging services are not subject to CPUC regulation as an public utility.
- Phase 2 Scoping Memo (8/9/2010)
- D.11-07-029 Decision establishing policies to overcome barriers to EV deployment and complying with Public Utilities Code Section 740.2.
- Phase 3 Joint IOU Reports submitted in compliance with to D.11-07-029
- Phase 4 Scoping Memo and Ruling (3/25/13)
- D.13-06-014 Decision extending until 2016 the Common Treatment for Excess Plug-In Vehicle Charging Costs and continuing Load Research Reports
- D.13-11-002 Modifying the requirements for the development of the Submetering Protocol and closing the proceeding.
Documents and Filings related to Plug-In Electric Vehicles
PEV-related Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Projects proposed in Administrator Investment Plans (approved November 14, 2013)
PEV-related Demand Response (DR) Pilots
- Temporary PEV Tariffs
- Settlement requiring a statewide investment in PEV charging infrastructure
Plug-in Electric Vehicle Rates for Customers
The three electric IOUs provide light duty plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) time-of-use (TOU) energy rates. TOU rates incentivize customers to recharge their PEVs during “off-peak” hours to ensure reliable operations of the electric grid. Customers may elect either to 1) measure both their home and PEV load using a single electric meter or 2) measure their home load separately from their PEV load.
In addition, a Pilot Program is available to allow customers to use a non-utility Submeter to access time-of-use energy rates.
Contacts, Resources, and Links
State and Federal AFV Resources
To contact the Alternative Fuel Vehicles staff at the CPUC with a question specific to the CPUC, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our hotline at 415-355-5586. To look up any staff member at the CPUC, please see the CPUC Phone list.