Pilot Project for 200-Plus Chargers in Eastern Washington
For ‘A Holistic View of Scaling EV Infrastructure Sustainably’
Greenlots is announcing today that it’s been selected by Spokane, Wash.-based Avista Utilities to help establish a grid-integrated electric vehicle charging program – paving the way for the utility to own and operate EV infrastructure in the eastern part of the state.
It’s a $3 million initiative approved by UTC, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, says Greenlots CEO Brett Hauser.
“It’s workplace, residential and public,” he says.
‘Demand Response and Smart Charging’
“This EV charging pilot aims to demonstrate how using demand response and smart charging programs can help reduce costs and create a more reliable and less expensive grid, by shifting charging to occur during times of lower system energy demand,” the announcement states.
“Network and load management,” Hauser told F&F.
More than 200 EV Chargers
Beginning next month Avista is to install and maintain 200 Level 2 chargers across different locations as part of a two-year pilot program. Greenlots says that 120 Level 2 chargers will be installed in single-family and multi-family residences for qualifying Avista customers, and that the remaining 80 Level 2 chargers will be available to the public and used at select workplaces.
Additionally, Avista will install seven DC fast chargers in public locations.
‘Multiple Hardware Suppliers’
“They will be using multiple hardware suppliers based on the relevant use case,” Hauser says of potential EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment vendors.
“We selected Greenlots for this pilot because it’s an interoperable platform that provides a robust feature set for control at both the site and system level, and allows for the use of a variety of different EV chargers, reducing operational risk and capitalizing on market innovations as the pilot proceeds,” Avista customer solutions VP Kevin Christie says in the Avista release.
More EVs, Supported by Utilities
“It also affords Avista opportunities to better engage with our customers while reducing the region’s carbon footprint,” he said. We expect this pilot to help accelerate EV adoption that can benefit all customers, and provide important information for smart, cost-effective programs in the future that involve utility-owned charging infrastructure.”
“The State of Washington realizes EVs are coming,” says Hauder. “It’s essential that utilities start planning today for that future.”
The Spokesman-Review in Spokane reported earlier this month that Avista would be installing 272 charging connections in eastern Washington residences, workplaces and public areas.
Rendall Farley, who heads electrification and transportation efforts at Avista, pegs the number at 120 residential, 100 workplace and 45 public-access Level 2 AC chargers plus the seven DC fast-charge units, advising F&F that the residential and workplace Level 2 units will have two ports – for a total 272 charging connections.
Greenlots’ Sky Platform – ‘Future-Proofed’
Greenlots says that its Sky platform for networked EV charging has established I as an early leader in interoperable vehicle-grid Integration. Sky supports the OCPP/open charge point protocol for charger-to-central-system communication, as well as SEP 2.0 and Automated Demand Response (OpenADR 2.0b) for flexible EV charging under diverse grid conditions.
“A future-proofed technology, Greenlots’ hardware agnostic software provides leading utilities including Southern California Edison (SCE), Hawaiian Electric (HECO), the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) and others with a platform that bridges electric mobility, demand side management, and behind-the-meter energy storage markets for the built environment,” states today’s release.
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Source: Greenlots & Avista with Fleets & Fuels follow-up