$738 Million in EV Infrastructure to Be Installed by State’s 3 Largest Electric Utilities
Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – Today the California Public Utilities Commission approved proposals from Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric and San Diego Gas and Electric for a massive investment in charging infrastructure for electric cars, trucks and buses, submitted under provisions of SB 350 (de León). The $738 million to be spent by the three utilities will make EV charging easier and more convenient in much of California, with $236 million of the investment designated for disadvantaged communities to ensure that California’s poorest and most polluted areas benefit.
“Smog from California’s cars and trucks hurts the lungs of low-income people of color the most because they breathe the dirtiest air,” said Greenlining Institute Environmental Equity Legal Counsel Joel Espino, who advocated in the proceeding that informed today’s decision. “Today’s historic decision ensures our neediest communities won’t be left behind in the EV revolution.”
Highlights of the approved programs include:
- San Diego Gas and Electric will install up to 60,000 level 2 chargers at single-family or small, multi-unit residential buildings, with at least 25 percent in disadvantaged communities.
- Southern California Edison will provide infrastructure for 870 charging facilities for medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks and buses, with 40 percent in disadvantaged communities.
- Pacific Gas and Electric will provide infrastructure for 52 public fast-charging sites, with 25 percent in disadvantaged communities, as well as infrastructure for 700 charging facilities for medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks and buses, with one quarter in disadvantaged communities.
For additional background on the connections between electric vehicles, California climate efforts, and low-income communities and communities of color, see Greenlining’s “Electric Vehicles for All” online toolkit, authored by Espino. For real-world examples of how the Charge Ahead California Initiative and other California climate policies benefit underserved Californians, visit UpliftCA.org.