The CPUC plays a critical role in supporting the state’s transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). As regulators of the state’s electric investor-owned utilities (IOUs), the CPUC applies its expertise and experience in electric rate design, electric system infrastructure deployment, grid management, and safety to support ZEV deployment. The CPUC also works closely with other state agencies to ensure electric IOU investments to support ZEVs are strategically coordinated and in the interest of ratepayers. The CPUC’s activities on transportation electrification primarily fall into six main categories:

  • Strategic planning on ZEV policy and investments
  • Electricity rates and cost of fueling
  • Distribution infrastruction and planning to support charging infrastructure
  • Vehicle-grid integration (VGI) policy, pilots, and technology enablement
  • Charging infrastructure deployment and incentives
  • Program evaluation and interagency coordination

California has established many goals for transportation electrification to accelerate the adoption of ZEVs and increase access to charging stations which guide the CPUC’s work on transportation electrification. The tables below summarize several of the key pieces of legislation and Executive Orders that guide our work.

 

Bill

Sponsor

Year

Short Description

SB 350

De Leon

2015

Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015

AB 1082

Burke

2017

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: School Facilities and other Educational Institutions

AB 1083

Burke

2017

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: State Parks and Beaches

SB 1014

Skinner

2018

California Clean Miles Standard and Incentive Program: Zero-emission Vehicles

SB 1000

Lara

2018

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

AB 2127

Ting

2018

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: assessment

SB 676

Bradford

2019

Electric Vehicles-Grid Integration

AB 841 Ting  2020 Energy: Transportation Electrification and School Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program
AB 2061  Ting 2022   Transportation Electrification: electric vehicle charging infrastructure

 

E.O.

Governor

Year

Short Description

N-79-20

Newsom

2020

Established goal for all in-state sales of new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035; 100% medium- and heavy-duty vehicles be zero-emission by 2045; for all operations where feasible, and by for drayage trucks; and 100 percent zero-emission off-road vehicles and equipment by 2035 where feasible

B-48-18

Brown

2018

Established target five million ZEVs by 2030, and 250,000 public EV charging stations; 10,000 of which should be fast chargers

B-16-12

Brown

2012

Established target of one million ZEVs on the road by 2025

 

Strategic Planning on ZEV Policy and Investments

In December 2018, the CPUC launched an Order Instituting Rulemaking (OIR) to Continue the Development of Rates and Infrastructure for Vehicle Electrification (R.18-12-006, DRIVE Rulemaking) to refocus transportation electrification efforts. The DRIVE Rulemaking directed Energy Division staff to develop a framework for reviewing IOU roles and investment priorities for transportation electrification. In response, Energy Division staff issued the draft Transportation Electrification Framework  (Draft TEF) in February 2020. 
The Draft TEF proposed a process to move beyond the ad hoc approach to investment in transportation electrification to date, and would have required the IOUs to, among other things, file 10-year transportation electrification plans and file program proposals on an established schedule in support of these plans. However, based on stakeholder feedback on the Draft TEF and key policy and investment developments since the issuance of the Draft TEF, including Assembly Bill (AB)  841 (Ting, 2020), decisions authorizing further light-duty charging investment for SCE and SDG&E, and a decision in July 2021 that established near-term priority transportation electrification investment areas, Energy division staff issued a follow up staff proposal to modify certain elements of the Draft TEF proposal.
In February 2022, another staff proposal was issued to propose a new five-year funding cycle approach to transportation electrification and recommended the CPUC authorize up to $1 billion in ratepayer funding between 2025-2030 for rebates for behind-the-meter (BTM) EV charging infrastructure. 
In November 2022, the CPUC adopted the five-yar funding cycle proposal, ratepayer funding of $600 million starting in 2025 with the potential to access up to $1 billion, and resolved other outstanding issues from the Draft TEF. This decision categorizes the existing collection of transportation electrification programs as Funding Cycle 0 (FC0), established Funding Cycle 1 (FC1) that will launch in 2025 focused on rebates for BTM charging infrastructure and supporting programs, and outlines a yet to be defined/determined Funding Cycle 2 (FC2) launching in 2030.

Figure 1: Funding Cycles

Beginning in 2023, the CPUC, IOUs, and stakeholders will begin the process of implementing FCI.  This will include selection of a third-party program administrator, numerous workshops on outstanding programmatic details, and a subsequent CPUC decision to adopt a FC1 Program Handbook.

 

CPUC Contacts

Topic

Name

Contact

TE Section Manager

Jennifer Kalafut

Jennifer.Kalafut@cpuc.ca.gov

Transportation Electrification Framework, Strategic Planning, and Funding Cycle Implementation
VGI Policy and Pilots

Audrey Neuman

Audrey.Neuman@cpuc.ca.gov

AB 841 Implementation/EV Infrastructure Rules
Near-Term Priorities
PEV Submeter Protocol

Michael Truax

Michael.Truax@cpuc.ca.gov

Light-duty program Oversight

Paul Hernandez-Minjarez

Paul.Hernandez-Minjarez@cpuc.ca.gov

Data Collection and Management
Program evaluation
SB 1000 (Lara, 2018) Implementation
Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Sulekha Chattopadhyay

Sulekha.Chattopadhyay@cpuc.ca.gov

Medium-and-Heavy_Duty Program Oversight  Emily Clayton  Emily.Clayton@cpuc.ca.gov

Electrification Grid Planning

Paul Douglas

Paul.Douglas@cpuc.ca.gov

 

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