Utilities and EV Charging

The smart and genuinely open solution that supports all EV drivers

An Open Solution with Maximum Flexibility and a Robust Network

Utilities are uniquely positioned to deploy and manage charging networks. What other entity already has an established service territory that connects electric service to every property, a fleet of field technicians, and trusted—often generational—relationships with its customers? And once the stations are deployed, who will manage their impact on the grid?

The technical capacity of utilities is ideally suited to addressing the emerging challenges that arise from EV charging on a mass scale; these include managing electricity supply and demand and keeping electricity costs down.

Smart Charging and Demand Response

Our solution is ideally suited to utility ownership and operation of charging networks. Our units all come pre-configured to enable Time of Use pricing, charging by kWh or by duration, and setting different pricing structures for different groups of drivers, e.g. employees / non-employees.

SemaConnect is an industry leader in demand response functionality. SemaConnect is a member of the OpenADR Alliance and our network is ADR 2.0b certified—the most current protocol for automated demand response. Station managers have the capability to throttle download during peak demand periods, for instance, send pricing signals to drivers, or both.

Saving Ratepayers Money

Did you know that smart, managed charging can reduce electricity costs for all ratepayers, not just EV drivers? It’s true. More and more research is confirming that EVs can be a grid resource to smooth out load and reduce peak demand.

The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), an independent, non-profit and non-partisan organization, found:

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An EV’s load is inherently flexible because capacity utilization is low and charging does not need to occur at the same time the vehicle is being used… Just as EV load can be shifted away from system peaks to cheaper hours, it can also be moved to times when variable renewable energy resources are more available. This can reduce the need to curtail renewables, increase the use of non-carbon resources, and save consumers money while still ensuring that their EV is adequately charged when they need it.”

Similarly, a 2016 analysis conducted by Energy and Environmental Economics for Public Utilities Fortnightly found “that transportation electrification offers broad societal benefits, and that the resulting load growth can benefit all ratepayers by reducing electric utilities’ average cost of service.”

The Citizens Utility Board of Illinois, which advocates for the ratepayers’ interests, also found that “under any EV adoption scenario, all electricity customers see lower power costs when EVs charge in periods of low electricity demand.”


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