$2 Million to Demonstrate Smart and Bi-Directional Charging
The California Energy Commission is offering $2 million to demonstrate smart and bi-directional charging of grid-liked electric vehicles. It’s part of a $7 million initiative, Demonstrating Secure, Reliable Microgrids and Grid-Linked Electric Vehicles to Build Resilient, Low-Carbon Facilities and Communities.
According to CEC’s (program opportunity notice) PON-14-301, the three-year projects “will advance the integration of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with the electric grid and with buildings, and will validate the economics of actively managed ‘smart’ one-way charging (SC), vehicle-to-grid (V2G), and/or vehicle-to-building (V2B) use cases….
“Projects must demonstrate SC, V2G, and/or V2B capability at facilities located in IOU (investor-owned utility) territories,” the agency says.
Single-Owner Fleets Preferred
“It is easier to validate the economics of subject technologies in demonstrations involving PEV fleets with a single owner,” notes the solicitation.
PON-14-301 demonstration fleets may be either public or private. CEC wants them to have either a minimum electricity storage capability of 500 kilowatt-hours or consist of six or more PEVs with a minimum combined capacity of 100 kilowatt-hours.
The PEVs should connect via “forward-compatible” chargers “to ensure that investments at demonstration sites yield the greatest value and are not subject to retrofits in the near future.”
End-of-July Workshop in Sacramento
Match funding is required in the amount of at least 25% of the requested funds.
CEC will host a pre-application workshop for PON-14-301 at its Sacramento headquarters on July 29. The agency will accept written questions on the program until August 1, and expects to answer them during the week of August 25.
CEC has set November 3 as the deadline for PON-14-301 proposals to be submitted. Awards will be posted in January with work to start in May 2015 and continue through March 2018.
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Source: California Energy Commission with Fleets & Fuels follow-up