Electric Vehicle Submetering Pilot Program
Phase 2 Pilot Enrollment Starts January 16, 2017
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has directed Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), along with Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric, to implement a two-phased pilot program to develop the ability for residential and commercial customers to separately measure the electricity used to charge their electric vehicles (EV) through third-party or customer-owned submeters. This will allow PG&E customers to have their electric vehicle charges billed at a different rate than their residences or businesses.
The Phase 2 Pilot duration is 14.5 months starting January 16, 2017 and ending on April 30, 2018. The customer enrollment period is for the first 3.5 months of the Pilot or until the maximum of 500 submeters is reached, whichever is earlier. Once enrolled in the Pilot, you’ll be eligible to participate for up to 12 consecutive billing cycles; however, you may choose to un-enroll at any time. Once you un-enroll or your participation expires, your EV charging usage will be billed along with all other usage at your current rate.
Who will be eligible for Phase 2?
To qualify for this pilot program, a customer must install an eligible submeter, which will only measure the electricity used to charge their electric vehicles. This pilot is available to all customers within PG&E's service territory but will be limited to the installation of 500 submeters. Participants will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. Customers on a Net Energy Metering rate are eligible but will be limited to 100 of the participating submeters. Direct-access customers and customers enrolled in PG&E's balanced payment or automatic payment plan are ineligible for this pilot.
How do you enroll?
- Select and engage a Submeter Meter Data Management Agent (MDMA) approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
- Complete the Customer Enrollment Agreement with the help of your Submeter MDMA.
- Have your Submeter MDMA submit the agreement to PG&E on your behalf.
- PG&E will review and approve your enrollment if you meet all the Pilot requirements.
Contact information for approved MDMAs can be found below:
Frequently asked questions
Is this a PG&E pilot?
PG&E is coordinating with third party Meter Data Management Agents (MDMAs) on this pilot. PG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission both support the pilot.
Which Meter data management agent (MDMA) should I choose?
PG&E is unable to recommend a MDMA to you.
How much will this cost me?
The cost is determined by each individual MDMA.
How much time will I need to spend on this pilot if I participate?
The time to participate in this pilot includes filling out the enrollment form, coordinating the installation with your MDMA, and any additional requirements the MDMA has. Participants may also be asked to participate in a survey regarding your experience with the pilot.
What do the MDMAs do?
The MDMAs market to electric vehicle customers to join the pilot – PG&E does not provide them with customer information. The MDMA also provides and installs the electric vehicle submetering equipment. They maintain and read the electric vehicle submeter, and transmit the data to PG&E for billing. They do not read your home or business main meter.
I was contacted by a MDMA, how did they get my information?
MDMAs outreach to customers through their own contact lists, PG&E does not provide customer information.
How am I billed?
The MDMA sends the electric vehicle meter data to PG&E on a daily basis. PG&E subtracts the electric vehicle charging data from your primary meter charging data to calculate your primary meter bill.
Total Electric Statement = Residential Service Segment + Submeter Segment
Residential Service Segment = Total House Usage – EV Submeter Usage
Submeter Segment (EV-B) = EV Submeter Usage
On the customer bill there will be a breakdown of the segments.
For Phase 2 there are two different billing models; Single Customer of Record (SCOR) and Multiple Customer of Record (MCOR).
- Customers enrolled in the SCOR model will be responsible for the total electric statement.
- Customers enrolled in the MCOR model will be responsible for the Residential Service Segment and the MDMA will be responsible for the Submeter Segment. The customer will receive a copy of the submeter bill and late notices should the MDMA miss a payment. In the event that the MDMA does not pay the customer will be responsible for the submeter bill.
Why doesn’t MyEnergy reflect the meter and submeter usage?
The PG&E systems are not currently set up to handle both the primary and submeter. For the duration of the pilot MYENERGY will display the submeter usage and will not display your primary usage.
I’m a NEM customer, how will this affect my annual true-up?
When the pilot concludes for a NEM customer the Service Agreement will stop resulting in a true-up. The Service Agreement will then be started and your next true-up will be 12 bill cycles from the end of pilot true-up.