PG&E Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2018

PG&E Chapter 11 Update

Greening Our Fleet

PG&E operates one of the cleanest transportation fleets in the energy industry, comprised of nearly 1,700 alternative fuel vehicles that range from hybrid-electric bucket trucks to compressed natural gas vehicles. As we continue to integrate the latest available technologies and partner with automakers to meet needs unique to our fleet operations, we are also reducing emissions and operating costs.

Our Approach

We are committed to exceeding federal and state vehicle emissions and alternative fuel requirements. Federal regulations require that 90 percent of all light-duty vehicles purchased for our fleet are capable of using an alternative fuel—such as electricity or compressed natural gas—provided that the technology is commercially available.

To comply with California’s on-road diesel vehicle regulations, all of PG&E’s medium- and heavy-duty diesel vehicles met or exceeded 2007 standards for particulate levels by the end of 2016, and all vehicles in our fleet met 2010 standards for nitrogen oxide emissions by the end of 2018, five years ahead of the 2023 California Air Resources Board regulatory requirement.

2018 Milestones

Last year, PG&E invested in a number of new vehicles and technologies to further green our fleet. Among other efforts, we:

  • Deployed additional electric power take-off equipped (ePTO) bucket trucks. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, in partnership with Altec Industries, pioneered the development of these advanced vehicles that use a series of on-board batteries to allow crews to operate the bucket and other onboard equipment without having to idle the engine. We first deployed them in 2011. By the end of 2018, we deployed more than 900 ePTO bucket trucks in our service area.
  • Integrated driver feedback technology in multiple ways. We installed telematics in nearly 7,700 vehicles and pieces of equipment by the end of 2018. In-cab alerts enabled on most of these vehicles can indicate hard braking, hard acceleration, exceeding the speed limit and other actions that can affect fuel efficiency and safety. This driver feedback promotes safe driving behavior and fuel efficiency, and we plan to install more in the future.
  • Promoted employee electric vehicle adoption through workplace charging. PG&E installed nearly 40 chargers at our facilities via our Workplace Charging Program in 2018. PG&E has more than 100 chargers at our Bishop Ranch location in San Ramon—one of the largest single-building EV charging installations in California.
  • Transitioned from biodiesel to renewable diesel. We rolled out renewable diesel to more than 60 sites, using over 1.7 million gallons of renewable diesel in our conventional vehicles and reducing associated carbon emissions.

Measuring Progress

PG&E managed approximately 13,000 on-road vehicles and related equipment in its fleet at the end of 2018. Of those, about 1,560 were electric-based and 115 were powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Our network of electric charging stations is also growing: last year we surpassed 1,180 charge points at 112 locations across our service area.

We also maintain a network of 32 CNG vehicle refueling facilities, 24 of which are open to customers. PG&E uses its expertise to help commercial customers take advantage of this relatively low-emitting domestic alternative fuel in their own fleets.

Fuel Use Statistics

PG&E uses petroleum and renewable diesel to power many of the vehicles in our fleet. The following chart shows PG&E’s fuel usage over the past three years.

Transportation Fuel Consumed by Pacific Gas and Electric Company
2016 2017 2018
Petroleum Consumed by PG&E Fleet (gallons) 10,861,933 10,649,458 9,706,779
Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Consumed by PG&E Fleet (gallons) Footnote 1 187,152 192,320 1,727,015
  • 1. In 2017, PG&E began deploying a renewable diesel blend at a limited number of our fueling stations. The 2018 figure represents renewable diesel.1