The California Public Utilities Fee (CPUC) has authorised $11.7 million in funding for Pacific Gasoline and Electrical Firm (PG&E) to develop three new pilot packages to check methods during which bidirectional EVs and chargers can present energy to the electrical grid and numerous advantages to prospects.
PG&E will check bidirectional charging expertise in quite a lot of settings, together with in houses, companies and with native microgrids. The pilots will check the power of EVs to ship energy again to the grid and supply energy to prospects throughout an outage.
The brand new pilots are separate from collaborations introduced in March with GM and Ford.
Every of the brand new packages provides a monetary incentive for taking part prospects, and extra advantages for these in deprived communities. All three are anticipated to be accessible to prospects in 2022 and 2023, and to proceed till incentives run out.
The 400,000 EVs registered in PG&E’s service space symbolize a versatile grid useful resource, which might provide value financial savings related to working and sustaining the grid, and scale back the necessity to construct new standalone vitality storage techniques.
The authorised pilot packages:
- The V2X Residential Pilot ($7.5 million in funding) will concentrate on spurring adoption of bidirectional applied sciences for 1,000 residential prospects by 2023. Prospects will obtain at the very least $2,500 for enrolling, and as much as a further $2,175 relying on their participation. The pilot will search to validate 5 worth streams: backup energy; buyer invoice administration; system real-time vitality; system renewable integration; and EV export for grid companies.
- The V2X Business Pilot ($2.7 million) will discover how industrial EVs might present backup energy to buildings, optimize EV charging to assist the deferral of distribution grid upgrades, and align charging with the real-time value of vitality procurement. This pilot shall be open to roughly 200 enterprise prospects, who will obtain at the very least $2,500 for enrolling, and as much as a further $3,625 relying on their participation.
- The V2M Public Security Energy Shutoff Microgrid Pilot ($1.5 million) will discover how EVs plugged into neighborhood microgrids can assist neighborhood resiliency throughout Public Security Energy Shutoff occasions. This pilot shall be open to 200 prospects positioned in Excessive Hearth-Menace District (HFTD) areas that include suitable microgrids. Prospects will obtain at the very least $2,500 for enrolling, and as much as a further $3,750 relying on their participation.
PG&E submitted a fourth proposed pilot targeted on creating methods for EVs to take part in CAISO markets, however this was rejected by the CPUC in its present type.