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LCFS Utility Rebate Programs

This page last reviewed August 17, 2017


Under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation , the Electrical Distribution Utilities (EDUs) that opted into the LCFS program are required to use their LCFS credit proceeds to benefit current or future Electric vehicle (EV) customers.  The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) also directs the investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities to allocate the LCFS revenue to their customers. These LCFS rebate programs are in addition to the existing state and federal EV incentives.


Following is a list of current utility rebate programs:

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) – Clean Fuel Rebate

PG&E customers who are also EV owners are eligible to receive a $500 Clean Fuel Rebate for their use of electricity as a clean transportation fuel. PG&E earns credits in the program when customers use electricity at home to charge their electric vehicles. PG&E returns the value of these credits to its electric vehicle customers through the Clean Fuel Rebate.

Highlights of PG&E’s Clean Fuel Rebate program:

For Residential EV Customers:
  • One-time rebate of $500 per electric vehicle in 2017
  • For application and more information, please visit the program Website
  • Press Release
For Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)  Customers:
  • Varying amounts; automatic on-bill credit.
  • For application and more information, please visit the program Website

Southern California Edison (SCE) - Clean Fuel Rewards

The Clean Fuel Rewards Program was created to provide rebates for plug-in electric vehicles to SCE customers.  SCE customer driving new, used, or leased electric vehicle, may be eligible to receive a $450 rebate.

Highlights of SCE’s Clean Fuel Rewards program:

One-time rebate of $450 per EV customer
Rebate can be claimed up to 3 times after EV ownership changes
For application and more information, please visit the program Website
Press Release

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) - Electric Vehicle Climate Credit

If you own or lease an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle and you live in the area served by SDG&E, you may qualify for the Electric Vehicle Climate Credit, which is $200 bill credit, if your application is accepted for 2017. Beginning first quarter of 2018, if you drive an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle, you may be eligible to receive an annual credit of at least $50 on your SDG&E bill.

Highlights of SDG&E’s Electric Vehicle Climate Credit program:

$200 bill credit per electric vehicle in 2017
$50 or more annual bill credit starting in 2018
For application and more information, please visit the program Website
Press Release

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Drive Electric Incentive


SMUD’s Drive Electric Incentive is offering a $599 incentive to charge free for two years, or a 220 volt high-powered electric vehicle charger when you purchase or lease a new plug-in electric vehicle.

Highlights of SMUD’s Drive Electric Incentive:

A $599 incentive or a free level 2 charger for purchasing or leasing a new plug-in electric vehicle.
For application and more information, please visit the program Website
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