Pricing, billing, load management, and rates

Participants in the EV Charge Network program pay for electric service to the charging stations using one of two electric rate options. They work with their Electric Vehicle Service Provider (EVSP) to either pass pricing directly to drivers or create their own pricing plan.

Pricing options

Program participants select from two ways of recovering costs from EV drivers for the electricity used:

Program participants select from two ways of recovering costs from EV drivers for the electricity used:

Pass Through PricingCustom Pricing
Rates

Program participant pays Time-of-Use (TOU) rate to PG&E, using a dedicated meter that serves only the EV chargers.

Program participant pays Time-Of-Use (TOU) rate to PG&E, using a dedicated meter that serves only the EV chargers.

Pricing for EV drivers

Program participant passes the PG&E TOU rate directly to drivers.

Program participant creates their own pricing structure, such as free charging or flat-rate charging.

Pricing implementation

Program participant communicates the pricing structure to their Electric Vehicle Service Provider (EVSP).

Program participant communicates the pricing structure to their Electric Vehicle Service Provider (EVSP), and submits a load management plan to PG&E.

BILLING PROCESS

The program participant will be the PG&E customer and will pay for electric service to the EV charging stations. If a program participant chooses to bill drivers for charging sessions, this is the process:


  1. The program participant tells their Electric Vehicle Service Provider (EVSP) the pricing structure they want for drivers (the EVSP is the vendor that operates a site’s chargers and collects driver payments).
  2. The EVSP collects payments from drivers as they use the chargers.
  3. The program participant pays their monthly PG&E bill for electric service to the chargers.
  4. The EVSP transfers to the program participant the funds they've collected from drivers (details to be negotiated between the EVSP and the program participant).

LOAD MANAGEMENT PLAN

Program participants choosing a custom pricing option, such as free charging, must submit a load management plan to PG&E. PG&E's rates are designed to encourage conscious energy use, such as charging at the times of the day when demand for energy is lowest. The load management plan ensures that a program participant’s custom pricing structure supports the goal of PG&E rates. More information about load management plans coming soon.

RATE OPTIONS

Program participants will be charged for the electric service to the EV charging stations using one of PG&E's commercial rates (A6 or A10). The charging stations will be served by a dedicated meter and rate, regardless of any other meters or rates used at the property. Both options are Time-of-Use (TOU) rates, which means that the price of electricity varies throughout the day.

A6 (Small general time-of-use service)A10 (Medium general demand-metered service)
Eligibility

The amount of electricity used by the charging stations at one time must be less than 75 kW. Eligibility for A6 will be reviewed annually, and any participants that have a maximum demand of greater than 75 kW in three consecutive months will be automatically transitioned to A10.

The amount of electricity used by the charging stations at one time can be greater than 75 kW.

Energy rates ($/kWh)

A10 has lower energy rates ($/kWh) than A6, but has a demand charge.

A10 has lower energy rates ($/kWh) than A6, but has a demand charge

Demand charge

A6 does not have a demand charge.

A10 includes a demand charge, which is an additional fee based on the maximum amount of electricity used by the charging stations at one time during the billing period.

Participant consideration

A6 is typically the better rate for:


  • Participants anticipating low to moderate utilization of their charging stations.
  • Participants considering the Pass-Through Pricing option.
  • Participants with charging station utilization primarily during the off peak and partial peak hours of the time-of-use periods.

A10 is typically the better rate for participants anticipating high utilization of their charging stations.

Learn more about Time-of-Use rates
Review our tariffs page

You can also contact PG&E to learn more about which rate option is best for your site.

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