PG&E Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2021

COVID-19 Response

Greening Our Fleet

PG&E operates one of the cleanest transportation fleets in the energy industry, with over 1,400 alternative fuel vehicles that range from hybrid-electric bucket trucks to fully electric vehicles. By integrating the latest available technologies and partnering with automakers to meet needs unique to our fleet operations, PG&E is working to reduce emissions and operating costs and expand our portfolio of low-emission vehicles.

Our Approach

We are committed to exceeding federal and state vehicle emissions and alternative fuel requirements. We comply with federal regulations which require that 90% 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.

2020 Milestones

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

  • Promoted coworker electric vehicle adoption through workplace charging. PG&E continued installing chargers for coworker and PG&E-owned vehicles for a total of 1,267 charge points at 114 locations across our service area.
  • Integrated driver feedback technology in multiple ways. We installed telematics in nearly 7,800 vehicles and pieces of equipment by the end of 2020. We also transitioned to a next generation platform that will allow us to deploy the driver feedback technology to even more vehicles. In-cab alerts enabled on most of these vehicles can indicate hard braking, hard acceleration, exceeding the speed limit and other actions that help promote safe driving behavior and fuel efficiency.
  • Continued transition from diesel to renewable diesel. We rolled out renewable diesel to every practical PG&E-owned fueling tank, using more than 2.7 million gallons of renewable diesel in our conventional vehicles in 2020 and reducing associated carbon emissions.

Measuring Progress

PG&E managed approximately 13,700 on-road vehicles and related equipment in our fleet at the end of 2020. Of those, about 1,360 were electric-based and 61 were powered by compressed natural gas. Our network of electric charging stations is also growing, last year we surpassed 1,267 charge points at 114 locations across our service area.

We also maintain a network of 32 compressed natural gas 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
2018 2018 2020
Petroleum Consumed by PG&E Fleet (gallons) 9,706,779 9,623,552 8,666,831
Renewable Diesel Consumed by PG&E Fleet (gallons) 1,727,015 2,665,568 2,775,166