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DC Fast Charging: NYSEG and RG&E

DC Fast Charging

Description of the Partnership Opportunity

NYSEG is seeking to collaboratively design and implement an electric vehicle DC fast charger pilot project consisting of the installation of DC fast charging stations with a charging capacity that aligns with the capabilities of current and future EV passenger vehicles. Final quantity and optimal locations of DC fast charging stations to be determined through collaboration with selected market partner and community stakeholders, though NYSEG requests market providers to make recommendations with submittal.

This pilot project will be in the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County. Tompkins County has identified electrification of transportation as a priority to meet their aggressive clean energy goals and has demonstrated high community engagement as part of the Energy Smart Community (ESC) pilot which makes them a natural partner for this proposal. The DC fast charger pilot initiative will compliment other efforts in the ESC and Tompkins County by engaging local stakeholders and customers, encouraging electrification of transportation, promoting clean energy, measuring and mitigating system impacts, and building a replicable model for future market growth.

It is desired that the DC fast charger pilot be operational as early as possible in 2018.

Top Goals and Objectives of This Opportunity

The objectives of this opportunity include:

  1. Identify a market partnership design and structure that will animate the market for DC fast charging infrastructure expediting real delivery of DC fast charging stations in the NYSEG & RG&E service territories.
  2. Identify how the utility and market partner, and community collaboration on site identification and selection, can create value for all stakeholders.
  3. Identify how the utility, market partner, and local community can collaborate to increase charger utilization and reduce barriers to the adoption of electric vehicles.
  4. Identify and demonstrate pricing mechanisms and capacity sharing of chargers that will influence utilization to align with improving grid efficiency while still meeting EV user charging needs.
  5. It is desired to design and demonstrate the ability for multiple EV service providers to simultaneously and seamlessly transact at a single DC fast charging station. This will include identifying real time status, pricing, and enabling payment transactions across EV service provider networks to make transactions easy and friendly for users of EV chargers.
Target Customers and/or Applications

As home to Cornell University, Ithaca College, and the beautiful Finger Lakes region, Tompkins County experiences significant daily vehicle traffic from outside the local community. There is also a subset of the Tompkins County population where at-home charging is not an option. NYSEG believes that the deployment of public fast charging infrastructure in communities such as Tompkins County is paramount to increasing EV adoption levels. The initial project will be in Tompkins County with the potential to scale in other areas of NYSEG’s service territories.

Partnerships being Considered

NYSEG is interested in partnerships that include the following elements:

  • Business models that will animate the market for DC fast charging infrastructure;
  • Collaboration between NYSEG and market partners on identification of ideal sites for DC fast chargers.
  • Combined utility and third-party investment

See Pilot Description and Related Information for more details.

Solutions Being Considered

NYSEG seeks DC fast charging solutions that will integrate into NYSEG’s ESC. In line with ESC objectives, the proposed solution should include elements of customer engagement, technology investment, and market animation to help achieve key REV objectives.

See Pilot Description and Related Information for more details.

Potential Replicability and Scalability

Successful results from this pilot will provide opportunities to bring it to scale in New York, while informing broader policy considerations around EVSE deployment.

Primary REV Objective

The DC Fast Charger Market Partnership Pilot will advance the REV goal to Support Cleaner Transportation by supporting greater adoption of electric vehicles.

Solutions Not Being Considered

NYSEG is open to seeing pilot opportunities that support on DC fast chargers. Other charging technologies are not being considered at this time.

Pilot Description

NYSEG DC Fast Charger Market Partnership Pilot description

 

New York State is committed to supporting adoption of electric vehicles as a key part of its strategy to meet Governor Cuomo’s aggressive goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. New York State is a signatory to the Multi-State Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan, which established a collective goal of 3.3 million ZEVs by 2025, this is equivalent to about 800,000 to 900,000 ZEVs on the road in New York by 2025. New York is also a ZEV state, adopting California’s motor vehicle emissions standards requiring each auto manufacturer to meet a minimum requirement for the percentage of ZEVs sold. Additionally, one of the primary objectives of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative is to support the adoption of cleaner transportation.

NYSEG embraces electrification of transportation as a key solution to climate change. NYSEG fully supports Governor Cuomo’s zero emission vehicle goals which are critical in achieving New York’s clean energy goals and a cleaner future for the State of New York and its residents.  With approximately 12,000 EV’s on the road today, New York appears to have a long way to go to meet its targets; NYSEG is optimistic however, that innovative, thoughtful and timely approaches will drive and accelerate EV adoption toward desired levels.

NYSEG filed and received NY Public Service Commission approval for an Energy Smart Community (ESC) program that is testing how a suite of customer engagement, technology investment, and market animation initiatives can be combined in order to achieve key REV objectives. The ESC proposal included a commitment to increasing public EV charging infrastructure through collaborative approaches.

On January 31, 2018 NYSERDA hosted a REV Connect Innovation Workshop focused on EV adoption and grid integration. The workshop brought together interested stakeholders from utilities, EV infrastructure and software companies, auto manufacturers, and policy makers to explore barriers and identify potential solutions for expanding the EV market. A common discussion that took place at the workshop was around the several barriers that need to be removed to spur desired EV adoption levels, including high EV initial costs, limited EV models, and range anxiety due to a lack of public EV charging infrastructure.

Proliferation of public DC fast chargers, which can charge a vehicle up to 80% in 30 minutes, is absolutely critical to increase consumer acceptance of EV’s while enabling EV market growth.   However, with high upfront capital costs and a still relatively immature EV market, a viable business model for DC fast chargers is not apparent.  NYSEG recognizes this “chicken and egg” dilemma and intends to take a leading role to help jump-start the needed deployment of EV Supply Equipment (EVSE) and work toward creating a future path to a scalable and sustainable competitive market.

Many stakeholders at the January REV Connect workshop expressed interest in utility collaboration and market partnerships as a path toward the development of the DC fast charging infrastructure market.  As part of its Energy Smart Community (ESC) pilot project in Ithaca, New York, NYSEG plans to pilot public EV DC Fast Charging.

Motivated by the high levels of engagement at the recent EV Workshop, NYSEG believes REV Connect will serve as an effective vehicle to rapidly connect with innovative market providers. Market providers that submit innovative proposals through the REV Connect portal will participate in a highly collaborative endeavor to further define and improve upon their idea with the REV Connect Team and NYSEG.  If the recent EV Workshop is any indication of market interest in this area, NYSEG expects to receive many ideas and business model proposals, and ultimately establish a market partnership with the submitter of the most promising proposal to quickly pilot and evaluate the business model in the ESC.  Successful results from this pilot will provide opportunities to bring it to scale in New York, while informing broader policy considerations around EVSE deployment.

Background / Related Information

Electrifying Transportation innovation opportunity: nyrevconnect.com/innovation-opportunities/electrifying-transportation/

NYSEG Energy Smart Community page: www.nyseg.com/energysmartcommunity

NYSEG and RG&E utility profile: nyrevconnect.com/utility-profiles/nyseg-and-rge

REV Connect’s Electric Vehicle Adoption & Grid Integration workshop held on January 31, 2018: nyrevconnect.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/REV-Connect-EV-Workshop_20180131_2.pdf

REV Connect’s Electrifying Transportation Innovation webinar held on March 8, 2018

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