PG&E proposes to establish new commercial EV rate class
Pacific Gas and Electric Company submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission to establish new commercial electric vehicle charging rates to help drive more rapid customer adoption. PG&E's proposal will make EV charging simpler and more affordable for fleet vehicles and charging stations at apartment buildings, workplaces and other public locations in Central and Northern California. Combining the new rate with PG&E's efforts to accelerate EV adoption will drive progress toward California's shared climate goals and result in cleaner air for all. As EV charging stations become more common in places such as multi-family residences, businesses, transit stations and other commercial spaces, PG&E has recognized that the existing rate structure does not best meet the needs of commercial EV charging. Currently, public or fleet EV chargers on PG&E's commercial electric rates can see higher costs than the typical business customer, on average. These costs pose challenges to the expansion of EVs and needed charging stations. Under the existing rate structure, high-power public EV chargers that are on business electric rates can incur demand charges, a cost included on commercial customer bills that are calculated based on the peak electricity usage of a customer during a billing period. Planning around and managing these demand charges pose unique and significant challenges to EV charging projects.