Managed Charging and the AEE World Energy Conference Wrap-Up
- Oct 9, 2019 8:25 am GMT
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Had the good fortune to give a lecture on managed charging pilot programs and the proliferation of EVs at this year’s AEE World Energy Conference in Washington D.C. The event featured speakers from across the spectrum with the session on 9/25 focused on the electrification of transportation. Courtney McKibben, Senior Program Manager from the Tennessee Valley authority presented on the electrification of industrial “non-road” transportation efforts at TVA through the fork-lift electrification pilot which dovetailed nicely with my updates on managed charging. Here are some brief updates on the world of managed charging and why it matters:
- Managed charging is about the adjusting the flow and timing of electric charging in a way that both balances the needs of the grid with an EV Driver’s need to have a charged vehicle that can get them where they want to go.
- It may have taken 8 years to sell 1 million electric vehicles in the United States, but the next million EVs are expected on the road by 2021 (Bloomberg New Energy Finance).
- Managed charging can help smooth out the energy consumption curve. It can do so by matching EV charging with peak availability of renewable resource and could reduce timer peaks by offloading charging times to non-peak hours for the growing number of EVs on the grid.
Managed charging, in combination with dropping EV battery prices and growing battery charge capacity (and extended EV range) will allow for EVs to become a grid asset that are not only impacted by incoming electrical flows but will eventually feed power back into the grid (Vehicle to Grid V2G capability). To date, the Smart Electric Power Alliance has done more research on managed charging than nearly any other research entity in the space. SEPA’s analysis of the EV pilot programs of several leading utilities in the space will be the focus of the next installments of articles on the topic. Stay tuned!