Utilities Take Charge In Deploying Charging Stations In Southern California
Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) have been granted permission to install EV charging stations within the areas that they service.
This is a huge change to the charging market in California, and will boost station counts drastically. It will be among the first utility-controlled charging initiative.
California has certainly enjoyed a history of positive growth in regards to vehicle charging stations.
In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offered two programs to increase charging stations. The EV Project and ChargePoint America added 6,300 stations, a third of which were installed in California.
Additionally, a settlement between the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and NRG energy added 200 DC fast chargers in California between 2012 and 2014.
The focus for the new, utility-led stations will be primarily at workplaces and multi-residential complexes. Navigant Research estimates that there are approximately 9,000 workplace charging stations currently in the U.S.
Utility companies will need to be diligent to assure that stations are in the best locations, company partners are secure and committed, and funds are applied efficiently.
Source: Navigant Research