I thought PnC was also DC only? Interesting to see its on the AC side too.
It's there to support AC bi-directional charging.
Not all AC charge points use the J.1172 style pilot signalling. Teslas do something weird for the destination charging, because Teslas know how to switch protocols to their own proprietary stuff, which seems to be loosely based on the CCS style signalling over powerline. Plug & Charge for AC works in a similar fashion.
Most cars these days already have the powerline modem hardware needed for CCS, so it makes sense to re-use it for AC signalling.
Of course, most AC charge points today don't have the powerline modem hardware installed to support it, they can only cope with the J.1172 style pilot signal.
Once it's there, and once vehicles support it by default, and once charging networks support it by default, then things should be a lot smoother.
An advange of Plug & Charge over other authentication methods is that it's digitally signed, the car provides certificate digitally signed by a mobility service provider that says that for a given expiry time, the driver is in good standing. That certificate is held offline by the car. A charge point can query it, and confirm (even if offline) that the signature was good at the time it was issued, and even if the car is offline, there's no connectivity to the charge point, the charge point can accurately record who's been charging (or discharging), so that when connectivity comes back, the pending transactions can upload.
Of course, I'm a bit bitter about it, because Peugeot decided not to implement Plug & Charge, and even if they did, and if the cars already on the road have the hardware. it would probably only be on cars leaving the factory. They can't even get around to releasing a simple dashboard software fix to display state of charge. They're claiming it's a hardware difference.
Part of being able to do bi-directional charging in public is the charging network knowing which vehicle's owner they should reimburse for energy removed from their battery pack, hence Plug & Charge will identify the contract owner through the vehicle.