The previously disparate power and automotive industries are at the foot of a new, common frontier. California is at the center of this convergence due to its air quality and energy policies that aim to protect public health and mitigate climate change. Progress toward these societal outcomes has been accelerated by the precipitous learning rates in renewable energy and battery technologies, indicated by two examples below:
  • Midday earlier this month, the CAISO reported balancing area-wide negative pricing, with the cheapest prices coinciding at nodes on the grid where solar generators are prevalent. Perhaps our grid's "duckling" has hatched.
  • The same weekend, people who had never even touched the Model 3 had sent Tesla on the order of 400,000 reservations. Could this be the herald that sets off mass investment in and demand for Plug-In Electric Vehicles?
While these developments were a positive lead-in for Earth Day (Officially April 22), when they are juxtaposed with reports that human-induced climate change increased the likelihood of the Great Barrier Reef's massive coral bleaching, it's clear that this era of abundant clean energy to power affordable zero-emission vehicles is welcome sooner, rather than later. Will California's electric grid and transport systems adapt quickly enough to accommodate millions of electric vehicles? How can its policymakers work together with the private market to realize the benefits of electrification? What is the role for its electric utilities as an enabler? What can the rest of the country and world do as well?
Learn more at the California Public Utilities Commission's free public workshop and webinar on how the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (Senate Bill 350) targets widespread "Transportation Electrification." Experts from the California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, California ISO, Electric Power Research Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, ICF International, and Energy & Environmental Economics will discuss the market potential, pollution reductions, and grid benefits of electrification and the public-private partnerships that could power this revolution of two industries. California's three large investor-owned utilities San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and Pacific Gas & Electric will preview their strategies to Fuel the Future. Most importantly, public comment on what the State could do is welcome.
April 29, 9:30a - 4:00p / WebEx Meeting #: 742 589 801, Password: !Energy1 / CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94102 / The webinar and presentations will be archived at CPUC's Zero Emission Vehicles page.