Energetics Co-Authors First Annual Evaluation Report of California’s Large-Scale Transportation Electrification Utility Deployments

17, Aug

Four investor-owned utilities have released results from Year 1 of their transportation electrification (TE) programs. Energetics and partner Cadmus Group are lead authors of the report, which summarizes findings of ongoing evaluations of these utility initiatives.

Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), and Liberty Utilities are administering 14 projects that are supporting installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure throughout California. The purpose is to install EV chargers to help the state achieve its clean energy and climate goals. The projects, collectively worth over $800 million, include (1) large-scale programs to electrify commercial medium- and heavy-duty fleets, and transit and school buses, (2) public DC fast charging, (3) pilots to install EV charging at schools and parks, and (4) a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilot demonstration.

The third-party evaluation includes program implementation status, outcomes, and lessons learned. By the end of 2021, 64 charging sites were installed to support of 451 EVs. Combined, the programs have a five-year target to support electrification of more than 18,000 medium- and heavy-duty EVs. Lessons learned cover barriers to electrification, strategies for shortening project timelines, methods for managing operating costs, and challenges securing program participation, among other topic areas.

Energetics is pleased to be working with Cadmus, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, ZMAssociates, and Davenergy Solutions on these assessments over the next four years. This effort represents the largest-ever evaluation of utility TE programs—not only to date but very likely for many years to come. The insights and lessons learned will facilitate future TE efforts across the nation.

The report is available through the California Public Utilities Commission website.

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