NGT News reports that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) authorized four utility programs with an overall budget of $738 million to accelerate the transportation electrification in the state. It is a requirement set by the clean energy law adopted in 2015 which drives California’s efforts to develop an efficient grid infrastructure, integrate wind and solar generation, and to reduce the dependence on the global oil market. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) are developing programs to provide charging infrastructure for electric vehicle drivers, including fast-charging stations, introducing new time-of-use electric rates to encourage customers to charge their vehicles during off-peak hours. These programs were supported by a number of stakeholders who took part in the public process to review the proposals. eMotorWerks was among those who urged the commission to adopt the modifications to the original proposal. Learn more about the pilot utility programs here.