Smart Electric Power Alliance's latest report details Phase 1 of the U.S. Department of Energy-funded work between Exelon, WeaveGrid, Shell Recharge Solutions, and Argonne National Laboratory to support Baltimore Gas and Electric, Pepco, and Delmarva Power's Managed Charging Programs.
The pilot program allows Exelon to gain a deeper understanding of applications and strategies for managed EV charging. This work aims to determine optimal managed charging structures for grid value, assess the impact of EV charging on local distribution utility operations, and evaluate the utilities’ ability to control EV charging load based on grid conditions. By considering how to maximize benefits for both EV drivers and the grid, as well as proactively addressing cybersecurity risks, Exelon can make necessary adjustments prior to the implementation of a full-scale managed charging program.
Key Recommendations for Utilities Developing Managed Charging Programs:
- Conduct research and collect customer feedback throughout program development to maximize customer participation
- Perform internal functional testing to align on intended outcomes before asking for customer participation to support a positive driver experience
- Embrace flexibility during program design, testing, and implementation to meet the varied and unique needs of different end customers (public, fleet, residential)
SEPA's report sheds light on key insights from the first phase of this work, and is a valuable resource for anyone interested in developing managed charging pilots and programs. By working together to develop and implement effective managed charging programs, utilities and other stakeholders can ensure that EVs continue to play a vital role in the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.