October 9 -- "We thought about 'Where are the other places that it makes sense for people to charge their cars?' It's probably not running into Starbucks for five minutes to get their coffee," said Aaron Johnson, vice president of customer energy solutions at Pacific Gas & Electric. "The big opportunity is workplace. It's the other place where you really park your car for a long time."
Utilities, however, have reason to move cautiously since early ventures have proved rocky.
Consumer advocates are also watching the state Public Utilities Commission, which must approve plans to install the charging stations, to ensure ratepayers who will foot the bill for the stations do not overpay. The regulatory agency has come under fire for its cozy relationship with major power company executives. >>View Article