National Clean Fleets Partner: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

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With more than 3,400 on-road alternative fuel and high-efficiency vehicles, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) operates one of the greenest utility fleets in the nation. Since 1995, PG&E's alternative fuel fleet has displaced nearly 7 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel, and helped prevent more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

Fast Facts

  • Joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership: March 2012
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
  • Operations: A 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California
  • Strategies and Technologies: Natural gas, hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, biodiesel

PG&E Helps Bring Electric Vehicle Chargers to Muir Woods

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Jan. 10, 2014

PG&E receives "Vocational Fleet of the Year Award" from FleetOwner Magazine

SAN FRANCISCO – Pacific Gas & Electric Company was ranked as the top vocational fleet in the United States in 2013 by FleetOwner Magazine's 12th Annual Fleet of the Year Awards for demonstrating innovation and excellence in its fleet operations.

While the fleet operation supporting PG&E, one of the nation's largest public utilities, is nothing if not huge and complex, its mission can be summed up as ensuring efficiency and advancing sustainability. From there, things get complicated, and therefore innovation at work must be more the rule than the exception, according to Dave Meisel, senior director of transportation and aviation services.

"There is no 'one size fits all' strategy for our fleet operations, especially given that our service territory is comprised of every climate and topography in California. That's why," Meisel says only half-jokingly, "if it has wheels on it, we probably have one."

PG&E fields close to 14,000 vehicles comprised of 156 distinct sets of specs. That's not counting the jet and fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters that make up the fleet's air wing.

"We run a lot of complicated vehicles, and their maintenance and repair needs are pretty broad," says Meisel. "And because we run the largest utility fleet in the country and do so in California, we are both required and expected to be as environmentally sustainable as possible." Indeed, PG&E operates one of the greenest fleets in the nation, with more than 3,400 alternative fuel vehicles powered by natural gas, hybrid drives, and electricity.

"When we look at specs, especially for alternative fuel vehicles, our premise is that first and foremost they must meet the needs of our operation," Meisel points out. "Then we look at their environmental contribution and cost of operation.

Meisel says PG&E ends up saving more by going green. "One of the most innovative things we've done was to develop the hybrid electric bucket truck. That began with a discussion on how those trucks were idling six to seven hours a day. By working with Altec, we electrified all our Ford F-550 units and cut idling to zero. We paid a premium, but our analysis showed that we'd save so much fuel that payback would come in just three years."

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