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What I Learned From Raymond Kaiser’s Presentation on EV Managed Charging and Effective Grid Policies

On June 9, 2020, Amzur Energy Management Services Director Raymond Kaiser presented about electric vehicle (EV) charging in a webinar titled “EV Managed Charging and Clean Powered Electric Mobility: India’s EV transition through effective grid policies.” Given my recent work on TBL’s air quality project and interest in sustainability, I made sure to be in attendance for this presentation.

During the webinar, Kaiser and co-presenter Mauro Dresti, another industry leader from Southern California Edison, provided invaluable insights into the work Kaiser has done with the Energy Services Interface (ESI) Task Force for the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). As part of the global ongoing shift to EV, Kaiser and SEPA are working hard to ensure this opportunity goes as smoothly as possible for utilities and consumers. 

As such, Kaiser has been working with co-chair Dave Holmberg of the National Institute of Standards and Technology on behind-the-meter distributed energy resources; specifically, on planning and operations for distribution efforts. Part of this has involved taking ESI Task Force data and using it to develop an EV Managed Charging Implementation Guide. In his webinar, Kaiser provided a preview of the approach they are taking with this guide.

First, the team identified key requirements for EV charging integration. Second, they selected specific design principles and outlined possible challenges. Third, they combined SEPA research with the characteristics of various EV charging platforms to create three use cases for the Implementation Guide. These use cases include local congestion management, wherein standardized mechanisms and local constraints become the keys to addressing local congestion; abundant renewables, which they argued can provide the responsiveness to real-world conditions not enabled by daily or seasonal time-of-use rates; and virtual genset, which, after establishing that commercial EV fleets and charging facilities are expected to keep growing, they explained will use advanced communications and solid-state power conversion electronics to respond to changes in power flow better than current plants, reducing the cost of reserves and providing more voltage and reactive power support. 

In short, he explained all the ways in which EVs and EV charging facilities are advancing—and how we can best hope to shape this technology to enable a better, cheaper, more sustainable future for our grids. Whether that means refining charging schedules to address overloaded sections at every scale or ensuring that rapidly changing weather conditions don’t result in as many severe unplanned outages, his presentation outlined a clear path forward for reducing cost and improving efficiency.

Given Amzur’s mission as a trusted IT partner, it is incredibly beneficial to see our leaders at the forefront of these efforts. Only with such forward-thinking leadership and guidance can we expect to deliver on our goals of constant digital transformation, holistic talent strategy, and customer-centric consulting services in the rapidly changing energy field. 

This opinion piece was written by Scott Miller and Bengi Lynch. If you would like to get more information on distributed energy management and/or electric vehicle charging, please contact us at info@amzur.energy.