Receive a $500 Clean Fuel Rebate From PG&E For Driving An EV

JAN 18 2017 BY MARK KANE 37

PG&E has launched a new Clean Fuel Rebate initiative for its customers in the US.

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Starting now, PG&E customers can receive a $500 rebate for both being a PG&E consumer, and also owning an electric vehicle.

The California utility’s incentive offer is part of the State of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program, earning itself credits if its consumers charge EVs at home.

The program seems to be generous enough to return the value of these credits to its electric vehicle customers themselves.  So if you are a PG&E customer and own an EV (or a thinking of owning one)…why not go grab the money?

Apply for $500 here.

Details of the Clean Fuel Rebate are availabel below (see website):

Receive a $500 Clean Fuel Rebate

As an electric vehicle (EV) owner, you’re contributing to a cleaner energy future by fueling your vehicle with electricity. PG&E customers with EVs are eligible to receive a $500 Clean Fuel Rebate for their use of electricity as a clean transportation fuel.

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Learn about the Clean Fuel Rebate program

The Clean Fuel Rebate comes from a State of California program called the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The Low Carbon Fuel Standard is fighting climate change by encouraging the adoption of clean vehicle fuels such as electricity. PG&E earns credits in the program when customers use electricity at home to charge their electric vehicles. PG&E returns the value of these credits to its electric vehicle customers through the Clean Fuel Rebate.

Find out about the eligibility requirements for the Clean Fuel Rebate

  • You must be a PG&E customer with an active residential electric account. As the account holder, you may also apply on behalf of an EV owner in your household (or tenant in a multifamily household) with the vehicle owner’s permission.
  • You must own or lease an eligible plug-in electric vehicle or have permission from the vehicle owner to submit the application.
  • Your vehicle, identified by its unique vehicle identification number (VIN), must not have already received the Clean Fuel Rebate under the current owner or any previous owner.
  • You must have paid the vehicle’s current registration fees and your vehicle must be registered in California to the address on your PG&E account.

Apply for your rebate through a simple online application

To complete the application process, you’ll need the following:

  • Your PG&E account number. Find your account number at the top of your energy bill. Your account must have active residential electric service to be eligible.
  • Your current vehicle registration card. If you recently purchased or leased your vehicle and haven’t received your registration card yet, you may provide a copy of your purchase or lease contract instead.

Once submitted, PG&E will review your application to confirm eligibility. If approved, your Clean Fuel Rebate check will be mailed to the address on your PG&E account.

Hat Tip to Fabian!!!

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37 Comments on "Receive a $500 Clean Fuel Rebate From PG&E For Driving An EV"

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What does electricity cost for PG&E? I had heard that marginal electricity costs in California were so high, that it was cheaper to drive a Prius than a Leaf.

It depends on where you buy your juice from, and at what time during the residential 24 hour billing cycle. Also, opprotunity charging can make driving cost considerably less than any Stock Plug-in Prius.

I put 20K mi. on a 2013 Leaf SV in So. Cal. in 2016. Total electrons paid for in 2016, approximately $1.00 per 1k mi. driven.

Opportunity Charger Obsessed Driver! (OCOD) clinical term for my condition!

Driving a Prius doesnt solve the problem for your home air conditioning electrical bill though. The real solution is getting solar, pays for itself in 7 years in california, at least in the places where the summers are 90+F like our house…

Forgot to mention, covers house air conditioning AND two electrical cars, so avoiding $2400/year in gas+oil+maintenance costs by not having to drive gas cars.

Yep . . . Solar PV + EV is a no brainer here in California. Adding residential storage will further improve things.

Here’s PG&E’s EV electricity rate sheet

Basically 10-11 cents per kilowatt-hour if you charge at off peak times. That is considerably cheaper than gas for any ICE or hybrid, particularly in around-town driving.

Using EV rate is deceiving.

EV rate is cheap for off peak charging relatively. However, it bumps up your residential electricity usage cost at peak time to as much as $0.49/kWh!!!!!!!

So, if you are a heavy on peak user, EV-A plan doesn’t save you any money at all!


Most people don’t realize that although you get good offpeak rates, your peak rates bump up.
Even SMUD TOU does that.

No way i’m going to not use AC in the summer between 4pm-7pm when it’s 103°F where they consider it “super summer peak”.
My next move is to go Solar.

I’m a big fan of time of use tariffs that reflect the reality of the cost of whole sale electricity. If you place a premium on power that is used at peak times then you inevitably reduce demand at those times making power cheaper for everyone by making the grid “smaller”.

The PG&E rate is particularly interesting as the summer difference between peak and off peak is $0.332 /kWh!

That is a massive difference, if you shift 5 kWh per day out of the peak and into the off peak you’d save $600 per year. That is not a massive sum of money and I guess it would in reality be less than that as the winter difference is less. Even so a 5 kWh per day shift over the year would still be around $470 per year or $4700 over 10 years. I can’t find a price on a Powerwall 2.0 but if you could shift all 13.5 kWh per day you’d be looking at $1275 saving a year or $12,750 over 10 years. Is that enough to pay off the cost of the Powerwall? maybe, interesting times.

Solar is the way to go. I have two electric cars and a 5kW solar system and still get a check for $60. once a year from Southern California Edison. I even run the Air non-stop in the desert summer evenings. Solar cost me $6500 after incentives.

I live where it routinely gets over 100 degrees in the summer and I’ve been on the EV rate plan for years. You have to adjust some usage but it’s not that difficult to do. It’s worked well for us and works out to be cheaper than any other rate plan.

One big advantage of the EV rate schedule is that there is no tiered rates. This helps us a lot in the winter, when our panels aren’t generating much. With the old solar rate (which they forced me to give up!), our EVs always pushed us well into the third tier, so we were paying 40 or more cents by mid-month, regardless of time of day.

Southern California Edison is about 16 cents per kWh at the first level. Summer AC is high, San Diego Gas and Electric is higher.

California could offer free tax, license and registration on the purchase of used EVs, no sense leaving them on the lots.

A 2011 LEAF sells for $5000 in Southern California, that would replace a gasoline car for cleaner air and less imported oil.

“One big advantage of the EV rate schedule is that there is no tiered rates”

That is true. That is after so many complains from the initially E-9A and E-9B which becomes EV-A and EV-B today. Many heavy users used to get penalized when they added 2 EVs so their regular use gets bumped up to a much higher rate.

The issue is that my usage isn’t always off peak and that on peak penalty is just too much.

People with small children and working from home will end up using a lot of on peak electricity.

The best way to help is to use solar and powerwall but that would add easily $10K to $20K in cost. Solar generation goes down significantly between 4pm and 7pm which is peak AC usage time.

If you are a “heavy” user that regularly gets into tier 3, switching to EV-A can save you lots of money on its own.

A friend of mine regularly had $700 utility bills. He bought a used 2013 Volt about 6 months ago and his monthly utility savings pay for the car outright.

It depends on how much electricity you use. PG&E has escalating rates so if you use more you pay more per kWh. If you use enough electricity and you consider all your EV electricity the “last portion” (i.e. most expensive) then it can be cheaper to drive a Prius than an EV.

And soon it’s going to be even more expensive because the highest users will be surcharged.

The “Escalating Rates” aka the tiered rate plans do not apply to the EV plans.

This makes a HUGE difference in the rates if you have more than one vehicle or solar.

EV is not the last third level rate, most charge every day. The problem is prime time M-F 9-5 in the summer, solar helps keep you below the highest rate levels.

When we first got the Leaf 3 years ago, it was costing us about $1.25/day to drive it, or about $30/month. I suspect that less then Prius.

Of course after the new solar panels, it was less… 🙂

We turn the Leaf back in on Saturday…. waiting for the Model 3 (but will test drive a Bolt if the dealer has one while we’re down there).

People can save a lot on energy over the years with an EV, but the cost of pack replacement should be factored in. Whether you pay it or the resale value reflects it, it adds up.

Absolutely Michael, the synergy of solar + EVs is a hugely understated and democratized advantage of the rEVolution. Massive savings to the adopters and massively disruptive to entire industries.

While not exactly Norway levels of EV advancement, California is definitely leading the whole US in promoting this game-changing shift that we will all benefit from.

Hmm . . . I probably no longer qualify since San Mateo has taken over this service area.

PG&E still runs the grid though.

It makes sense. You’re going to spend way more than $500 over the next several years fueling up your EV. So if the incentive gets more people into EVs, it is good for the electric companies.

Sisters husband has a converted Porche 914….think he’d be eligible?

It appears you can even claim your old EV or PHEV purchased YEARS ago; as long as the rebate was never claimed before for that car.

Even the 2007 Tesla Roadster is on the list.

Yes, it applies to any PEV that includes the crappy Prius Plugin that NEVER gets plugged in.

Rules are that it has to currently be registered though.

I signed up for this program but got rejected saying my registration was expired … which I think is a glitch in their systems since the registration I submitted was the temporary registration that came with the new car (Bolt). Anyhow it’s what CARB accepts and it’s legal, but it didn’t work with the PG&E rebate, so I resubmitted with the purchase agreement instead of the temp. registration.

You might need to wait for the regular registration.

I just applied. Woo-hoo! I hope this works.

Is this in addition to the other California clean fuel rebate that I got when I bought the car?

BTW, I also got 2 free low-flow toilets (0.8 gallons per flush) the other day from my water district. California is a weird and great place! 😀

Yes, it is a completely separate plan.

PG&E rates have gone up a lot plus they got rid of the old E7 plan, which was great for me. I’m now on the E6 plan and am paying more than double (in total) what I was paying on the E7 plan. It’s not that their rates had doubled (although it did increase), but they shifted the hours for peak times, plus they added a “part-peak” rate, so now there are 3 tiers instead of 2.

For me, I have two Volts and a Zero SR, so I use a lot of electricity (I also have a 5 kwh solar system) which always puts me in the Tier 3 rates.

Already applied for the rebate for our Spark EV. Easy process but looks like it’s going to take a while before we see any money. This means our 3-year lease will be better than free, and if we buy a Bolt it ups the total possible rebates for most people in the San Joaquin Valley Air District to 13.5K, or more than 30% off (Federal 7.5K, California 2.5K, San Joaquin Valley Air District 3K, PG&E 0.5K).

another tilt of the scale for us to maybe spring for the Bolt even sooner than we had planned.

Just hope the federal rebate doesn’t disappear.

Keeping the hope alive, here as well, on the Federal rebate EV program going to full term.

I applied for my rebate the day the program started. Received my 2 checks a couple of days later!!! $1000 Thanks PG&E

Applied on 2/6 for my 2015 Nissan Leaf and application was approved on 3/20