Wednesday, October 2, 2024
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Electrification & eMobility Track

Most trucking companies have a small office and a garage, and the largest power use is the air compressor. As these companies begin to look at electrifying their fleets, some might discover that energy storage could work for them. This panel will take the audience through a trucking company’s challenges while converting to electric power. The panelists will discuss past implementation successes, the present plan and the future roadmap and transformation vision, including the transition to digitalization. They’ll explain why location is so important to trucking companies, how much it could cost to install electric infrastructure at the fleet owner’s location and the impact of electric rates on time-of-day usage. Panelists will also cover various utility practices driven by the local board of public utilities that limit their ability to respond quickly when new load is anticipated. They will also discuss the available technologies and innovations (such as energy storage) and how to leverage the right tools to control power usage. The examples presented will illustrate how a strategy for electric charging is cost effective.

Peter Manos Raiford Smith David Daly Joshua Loyd Stewart Ramsey
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Electrification & eMobility Track

One of the objectives of charging infrastructure investment is to encourage rapid adoption of EVs by relieving “range” anxiety while reducing GHG emissions. However, EV charging system loads create challenges to electricity grids. This presentation will explore possible solutions to help reduce the negative grid impacts caused by EV and EV charging. One solution is to build EV charging infrastructure as connected microgrids which can enhance capacity and provide services, for example, frequency regulation, demand response, ancillary services and curtailment. This approach can reduce the investment needed to integrate EV charging systems into the grid. The presenter will cover utilities’ interest in EVs as a manageable electric load in the near term and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) in the longer term. Benefits of utilities working with automakers on managing charging site demand will also be covered. In addition, the link between EV microgrids and FERC Order 2222, which mandates that ISOs offer renewable DER markets allowing smaller DERs bid into the market, will be presented. Finally, the presenter will disclose how EV microgrids can supply needed synthetic inertia, which is declining due to fossil-fuel generator retirements, while providing reliability to the loads behind the microgrid meter.

Hani Alarian Ann Moore
Thursday, October 3, 2024
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Electrification & eMobility Track

As more electric trucks hit the road, the industry will discover unanticipated constraints. Companies planning to electrify their fleets must understand the realities and challenges involved in obtaining needed power and develop strategies to deal with them. In this session a panel of experts will reveal current challenges which include lack of available power that could lead to a two- to-five-year delay in their electrification plans. Utilities’ challenges and delays can be caused by needs to reinforce existing lines and/or build new substations, accurately determining how much capacity is needed, and understanding availability of software to manage charging infrastructure. Fleet owners’ also must consider similar questions related to software along with impacts of extreme hot and cold temperatures on battery life and range, ways to avoid or limit capacity charges from their utilities, cost effectiveness of building charging infrastructure on leased property vs. finding a depot where charging is already available, and availability of time of day rates. In addition to revealing the importance of a strategy, this panel will also discuss the risks fleet owners might encounter when not partnering with the local utility, various charging strategies, and how energy storage might be part of a successful strategy.

David Daly
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Electrification & eMobility Track

With the goal of ubiquitous access to public charging, GRID Alternatives and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) are coordinating a robust project team to partner with the utility sector to develop and test new business models for discounted public EV charging. Representative(s) from the project team will present the initial results of these pilots, along with case studies. These pilot results will be replicable models that can be brought to scale, with utilities, communities, and policymakers across the country. The discussion will reveal the important issue of affordable charging access for low-income renters. Although home charging is not only convenient and cost-effective, many low-income individuals live in multi-unit dwellings (MUDs) and rental properties where the installation of personal charging equipment is not feasible and many MUDs lack the infrastructure entirely. To achieve true equity, charging infrastructure must reach EV drivers from all socio-economic backgrounds. Low-income renters are currently dependent on public charging, which typically costs 2-3 times what it would cost to charge at home. The result is disproportionately high costs for this subset of drivers. While many government and utility assistance programs help families pay for home energy, there are no significant programs at the state or federal level to address the economic burden of gasoline. The transition to electric vehicles is a generational opportunity to change that. This panel will discuss these aspects of charging access and the project as a whole, which is supported by grant funding from the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (FY23 Ride and Drive, FOA DE-FOA-0002881). Attendees will hear about how to overcome barriers to affordable charging access for low-income renters, how to engage community and utility partners to pilot access to public subsidized charging, and the next steps and policy levers for bringing subsidized public charging to scale across the country.

David Treichler Ashley lynn Qua