Microgrids' Role in EV Charging Infrastructure
Electrification & eMobility Track
Date & Time
Wednesday, October 2, 2024, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Hani Alarian Ann Moore

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.