Application of San Diego Gas & Electric Company for Approval of its Electric Vehicle-Grid Integration Pilot Program

Sempra Energy subsidiary San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to build and operate 5,500 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in its service area as part of a pilot program starting in 2015.   SDG&E’s application was opposed by a number of intervening parties, including ChargePoint, the nation’s largest provider of Electric Vehicle charging services. The interveners argued that SDG&E’s entry into the market and proposed rate structure were anticompetitive, and would cause other suppliers to leave the market.

Econ One was retained by Sempra Energy to analyze the potential competitive impact of SDG&E’s entry into the market for Electric Vehicle Charging Services in San Diego. Barry Pulliam testified on SDG&E’s behalf at a hearing before the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California. Mr. Pulliam testified that SDG&E’s proposal was not anticompetitive and would help grow the nascent market for fueling services in San Diego and California, as well as adoption rates of Electric Vehicles consistent with State policy goals.