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Elocity receives Canadian government technology funding to help power utilities manage impacts of increasing Electric Vehicle adoption

July 14, 2020

Elocity

Elocity is honored to be selected and receive funding from Science Technology and Development Canada (STDC) under the “Seed Fund" program. The firm’s solution allows electricity utilities to effectively manage demand and the loads attributable to increasing rates of electric vehicle (EV) adoption. Elocity’s technology ensures grid stability while minimizing the need for new infrastructure investment. Elocity is a Cleantech company based in Toronto, ON. Elocity digitally transforms the journey to transportation electrification for electric utilities, cities and businesses. Elocity was founded by industry veteran Sanjeev Singh who has significant domain and technical expertise through working with electric utilities globally. Before starting Elocity, Sanjeev worked with Tech Mahindra, HCL and Wipro focusing on various smart metering and smart grid solutions. Elocity co-founder Dr. Arvind Kumar was previously the VP of Research and Development at Optym and is an expert in mathematical optimization.

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

 

Idaho Power Issues Request for Proposal for Electric Vehicle Demand Response Pilot 

July 7, 2020

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Idaho Power Company (“IPC”) is currently seeking proposals in response to this Request for Proposal (“RFP”) from Respondents offering implementation, training, documentation, support services, software and hardware (“Services”) necessary to administer and operate a potential pilot project offered to new and current residential Electric Vehicle (“EV”) owners in Idaho Power’s service area. If determined to be feasible, the proposed Pilot would operate over a two-year duration for approximately 200 EV owners. In year one, participants would be recruited, and data collected on charging habits. In year two, demand response events would be tested with additional data collected. In return for participating, customers would receive some form of credit, such as a bill credit or gift card.

This RFP process will be conducted via Idaho Power’s on-line bidding tool, Power Advocate. For an invitation and instruction on how to access the RFP in Power Advocate, please email the RFP Coordinator, Rob Ward, at [email protected]. Include your name, company name, phone number, email address, and 1-3 paragraph description of your companies expertise and experience relative to the requested services in your email.

 Contact: Rob Ward, [email protected]

 

Santee Cooper Issues Request for Proposal for
Level 2 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)

Santee Cooper

South Carolina Public Service Authority (hereinafter called “Santee Cooper”) is releasing this RFP to procure level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (“EVSE”). This charging equipment will be placed at Santee Cooper properties and each will be designated for either corporate fleet and/or employee vehicle usage.

In 2019, Santee Cooper developed an electric vehicle (“EV”) roadmap which laid out steps that Santee Cooper will take to encourage EV adoption throughout its service territory. As part of this roadmap, Santee Cooper committed to purchasing 60 electric fleet vehicles by 2030. In addition, Santee Cooper agreed to install up to 25 level 2 charging stations for employee use by 2030. Santee Cooper currently does not have level 2 EVSE capabilities but intends to install enough level 2 EVSE to satisfy the charging needs for all of its EV fleet purchases as well as meet employee needs (up to 25 chargers).

In this RFP Santee Cooper is pursuing a one (1) year blanket order contract for procurement of electric vehicle supply equipment with the immediate procurement of eight (8) AC Level 2 EVSE chargers within 60 days of contract execution. This blanket order may be extended for up to two (2) additional years at the sole discretion of Santee Cooper. These level 2 charging stations must have technology that can capture interval charging data and can bill for usage. Upon award and signing of a contract, this RFP will allow Santee Cooper to work with the vendor for up to a 3-year period to purchase additional charging stations as needed.

Current Background

Santee Cooper has a total of approximately 150 sedans, sub-compact SUVs, and compact SUVs in its fleet. As the life of each of these vehicles runs out, Santee Cooper is analyzing driving patterns in order to choose 60 fleets to replace with either plug-hybrid or battery electric vehicles. Santee Cooper employs over 1,600 employees. Any employee who purchases an electric vehicle will be given a year of free charging at Santee Cooper properties, as well as the assurance that an additional level 2 charging station will be installed within 6 months of their purchase (up to 25 chargers).

The purposes of installing charging stations at Santee Cooper include:

  • Capturing EV interval charging data
  • Analyzing data to understand charging habits in a workplace setting
  • Fleet electrification
  • Understanding of benefits and risks of installing charging infrastructure
  • Advocating for the purchase of electric vehicles by employees and customers
  • Employee satisfaction

The first step in this process is for Santee Cooper to install level 2 EVSE. Once the charging infrastructure has been installed, Santee Cooper will pursue an online platform (in a separate RFP) that will capture and analyze the data from these charging stations. Please keep in mind that any charging station that is proposed will need to have the capability to capture and send data to an online platform at some point in the future. More about this will be covered in later sections.

Download the Request for Proposal Package:

or Download the entire package as a single zip file: CLICK HERE

About Santee Cooper:

Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility, and the state’s largest power producer, supplying electricity to more than 189,000 retail customers directly in Berkeley, Georgetown and Horry counties. They also serve 27 large industrial customers, the cities of Bamberg and Georgetown, Joint Base Charleston, the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority, and the nine-member cities from the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency. Santee Cooper generates the power distributed by the state’s 20 electric cooperatives in all 46 counties. Approximately two million South Carolinians receive their power directly or indirectly from Santee Cooper. The utility also provides water to consumers in Berkeley, Calhoun, Dorchester, Orangeburg counties and the town of Santee. Santee Cooper peaks in both the summer and winter; however, the largest peak is in the winter.

Santee Cooper currently has approximately 158,000 residential and 29,700 commercial customers. Approximately 80,000 energy-efficiency projects have been completed through Santee Cooper programs since 2009. The Myrtle Beach area is unique as it includes many second homes, vacation homes and short-term rentals. Currently, Santee Cooper does not have a DR program in place and no switches are installed in the retail service territory.  https://www.santeecooper.com/About/Index.aspx

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Contact: Megan Davis, [email protected]

 

Connected Energy (UK) Leads £31m VPP Project 

Revolutionary West Sussex Project to proceed despite COVID-19

The SmartHubs Smart Local Energy Systems (SLES) project in West Sussex is looking to integrate the decarbonisation of heat, transport and energy across social housing, infrastructure and private and residential commercial properties.

Up to 350 smart solar panel and battery systems provided by Moixa are to be aggregated into a virtual power plant (VPP).

The project itself is being run by a consortium led by energy storage firm Connected Energy (UK), which is to install a 12MW/14.4MWh front-of-the-meter battery energy storage system in Sompting, as well as nine 300kW behind-the-meter battery systems across West Sussex. 

Learn More https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/revolutionary-31m-project-to-integrate-heat-transport-and-energy-in-vpp

Download SmartHubs Information Flyer 

About Connected Energy (UK):

Connected Energy was established to commercialise the research and development work undertaken by our award-winning parent company Future Transport Systems (FTS). Our team is on a mission to catalyse new approaches to grid decarbonisationhttps://www.c-e-int.com/

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Contact: Mark Bailey, [email protected] 

 

San Diego Gas & Electric Announces Launch of the 2021 DRAM RFO

San Diego Gas & Electric Logo

On May 22, 2020, San Diego Gas & Electric Company (“SDG&E”) issued the 2021 Demand Response Auction Mechanism (“DRAM”) Request For Offer (“RFO”) seeking demand response resources.  This RFO is in accordance with Decision (“D.”)19-07-009, Decision Addressing Auction Mechanism, Baselines, and Auto Demand Response for Battery Storage approved by the California Public Utilities Commission on July 11, 2019, and D.19-12-040, Decision Refining the Demand Response Auction Mechanism, on December 23, 2019.  SDG&E is seeking Resource Adequacy (“RA”) via a standard, non-negotiable purchase agreement to meet local, system, and all categories of flexible RA from Demand Response resources.  

More information, including the RFO protocols, is available on SDG&E’s DRAM RFO website: https://www.sdge.com/2021-dram-rfo.

SDG&E (along with SCE and PG&E) will host a bidder’s conference on May 28, 2020 via web conference to ensure successful participation and interactive feedback. Webinar and outreach event information is posted on the DRAM RFO website (see above link).

Offers in response to the DRAM RFO are due on June 9, 2020.  SDG&E encourages respondents to carefully review submission requirements and provide sufficient details in all required bid forms.

Thank you,

SDG&E Evaluation Team

 
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