Transportation Electrification Activities Pursuant to Senate Bill 350


On September 27, 2018 the CPUC unanimously adopted D.18-09-034 authorizing the three small electric utilities in California (PacifiCorp, Bear Valley Electric Service, and Liberty Utilities) to spend up to $7.33 million on eight transportation electrification programs and test a new electric vehicle rate aimed at helping the state meet its goals to accelerate EV adoption, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The decision also sets aside $301,999 for evaluation of the approved projects, which will occur in conjunction with evaluation of the larger IOUs' SB 350 programs described below. A summary of the programs as authorized in the D.18-09-034 and their associated budgets is available here.

On May 31, 2018, the CPUC approved $738 million in transportation electrification projects for the state’s electric utilities. D.18-05-040 approves significant investments to support the electrification of the medium- and heavy-duty sectors in PG&E and SCE service territory and a residential charging station rebate program for SDG&E's customers. A summary of the approved programs and their budgets can be found here.

On January 11, 2018, the CPUC approved the first transportation electrification applications under SB 350 from the three large investor-owned utilities. The decision approves 15 projects with combined budgets of $42 million. These 'priority review' pilot projects were considered by the Commission on an expedited schedule. A summary of the approved programs and their budgets can be found here.

A summary table of the programs that have been approved under SB 350 to date is available here.

SB 350 TE Applications

The CPUC is collaborating with the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission to implement requirements set forth by California Senate Bill (SB) 350 to support widespread transportation electrification. In September 2016, Commissioner Carla J. Peterman issued a guidance ruling setting forth the requirements for the investor-owned utilities’ transportation electrification Applications.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) filed Applications containing proposed transportation electrification projects on January 20, 2017:

The smaller investor-owned utilities, Bear Valley Electric, PacifiCorp, and Liberty Utilities filed their applications and testimony on June 30, 2017.

SDG&E filed an application for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle charging infrastructure on January 22, 2018:


SB 350 TE Reporting Requirements

D.18-01-024 establishes utility data collection and reporting requirements for SDG&E, SCE and PG&E's priority review projects.

Reporting templates:

  1. Report Template
  2. Data Collection Template
  3. Appendix A: Supplemental Reporting for Large IOU Priority Review Projects
  4. DRAFT Appendix B: Supplemental Reporting for Large IOU Standard Review Projects 

D.18-01-024 and D.18-05-040 establish guidelines to ensure the safety of utility workers, contractors, and program participants. The Safety and Enforcement Division has worked with the Energy Division to develop a safety requirements checklist. The IOUs must file reports demonstrating their compliance with the safety checklist requirements as a minimum to ensuring the infrastructure installed through their programs is safe and meets all federal, state, and local standards.

Past Workshops and Events

February 27, 2018: Energy Division staff workshop on SB 350 transportation electrification reporting templates pursuant to D8-01-024.

  1. Agenda

December 4, 2017, 6 p.m.: Community meeting in Fresno to get input from the public on the transportation electrification plans of PG&E.

  1.  Read More
  2. View the CPUC's Presentation from the Meeting

September 2017: The CPUC held three community meetings to get input from the public on the transportation electrification plans of SDG&E, Southern California Edison, and PG&E.

  1.  Read more
  2.  View the CPUC’s Presentation from the Workshops


 August 31, 2017: Pre-Hearing Conference on the transportation electrification applications of Bear Valley Electric, PacifiCorp, and Liberty Utilities

  1. Agenda

July 11, 2017: CPUC Workshop on the standard review projects in PG&E, SCE and SDG&E's Transportation Electrification applications

  1. Agenda
  2. Presentation
  3. Energy Division Staff Summary of the standard review proposals
  4. Recording of the WebEx

May 17, 2017: CPUC Workshop on on the priority review projects in PG&E, SCE and SDG&E's Transportation Electrification applications

  1. Agenda
  2. Presentation
  3. Recording  
  4. Energy Division staff Discussion Document 

February 8, 2017: CPUC workshop for PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E to each provide an overview of their transportation electrification applications:

April 29, 2016: CPUC workshop on the transportation electrification requirements established under SB 350.

  1. Agenda  
  2. Workshop recording
  3. Presentations:  

Senate Bill 350

In October 2015, California adopted SB 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, which increased established a 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target, the state’s renewable energy requirement to 50 percent, mandates a doubling of energy efficiency, and requires the state to increase the efficiency of travel. Additional information about CPUC’s implementation of SB 350 is found here.

SB 350 orders the CPUC to direct the six investor-owned electric utilities in the state to file Applications for programs that “accelerate widespread transportation electrification.” These programs are required to reduce dependence on petroleum, increase the adoption of zero-emission vehicles, help meet air quality standards, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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