US utilities up incentives for electric vehicle owners


According to a release, SCE joins other utilities in the in passing along revenues they’ve received in the form of credits from the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard programme to customers using electricity as a low-carbon transportation fuel.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune states that Pacific Gas & Electric is also offering cash rebates for owning or leasing an electric vehicle (EV) or plug-in.

Dave Clegern a spokesman for the California Air Resources Board said that credits from the LCFS program is open to all utilities, both private and public, but “not all of them do it,” said Clegern.

“They can set up their own structure. They may decide they may want to put their money into a solar facility instead. Or they can not participate at all.”

SCE electric vehicle rebate

“We hope that making second and third car owners eligible for a rebate will help stimulate the market for used electric vehicles,” said Laura Renger, SCE principal manager for Air and Climate Policy.

She estimated that SCE has about 100,000 qualifying cars in its service area.

Joel Levin, executive director of Plug-In America, a non-profit advocating for EV owners based in Los Angeles, reportedly said: “It is monetizing the benefits to the grid and the state,” Levin said. “This is money that flows from utilities back to the drivers.”

Electric vehicle development in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, power utility National Grid “has proposed a ‘make ready’ solution for [electric vehicle] charging stations in its service territory,” according to the National Law Review.

The utility is proposing to prepare the infrastructure to support the development of EV charging stations but will not own the charging infrastructure itself.

The National Law Review explains that under National Grid’s proposal,  “The company [aims to] expand deployment of EVs in the state by encouraging its business customers to install changing stations.  National Grid proposes to install the necessary equipment on the company side of the meter without requiring contributions from customers for those facilities, reimburse the customers’ costs for any upgrades necessary on the customers’ side of the meter to support an EV charging station, and provide a rebate, similar to the state’s MOR-EV rebate for EV purchases or leases, towards the cost of a qualifying Level 2 charging station.”

National Grid’s proposal has been filed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) and a briefing is scheduled to be complete by the end of October 2017.