EVs and DR

December 21, 2017 | Blog

We have finally seen evidence that some are going to take the obvious next step with electric vehicles (EVs) and use them for automated demand response (ADR).

This is certain to make many in California deliriously happy given the high penetration of EVs there and the shifting needs for DR now that solar panels are making the late afternoon peak a thing of the past.  Evidently, the reality of this is now clear in England: Read this from Fast Company. 

Offering customers free charging may work there since gasoline is so expensive.  Here, I suspect our regulatory process will try to offer customers cash for this behavior.  But, as with almost all points in DR, the value of the benefit and the true costs and are sometimes hard to know.

For example, in my case, I can now charge my Tesla at work for free.  Or, if the utility drained my car overnight, I can simply stop for lunch at the supercharging station and “fill ‘er up!”  So, am I entitled to the same benefits as someone with Leaf who stays plugged into the house?

This is going to be fun to watch!

About The Author

Joel Gilbert, P.E. Chief Software Architect and Co-Founder of Apogee Interactive, Inc.

As Chief Software Architect and Co-Founder of APOGEE Interactive, Inc. Mr. Gilbert personally directs the design and development of energy analysis applications utilizing the highest standards in building science, engineering, operational patterns, weather data and pricing to ensure analytical integrity. directs the design and development of energy analysis applications utilizing the highest standards in building science, engineering, operational patterns, weather data and pricing to ensure analytical integrity.

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