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Energy Storage Paired with DCFC Infrastructure: Orange and Rockland Utilities

Energy Storage Paired with DCFC Infrastructure

Description of the Partnership Opportunity

Orange & Rockland Utilities (ORU) seeks partners to collaboratively design and implement a demonstration project that will involve the deployment of energy storage with DC fast charging (DCFC) infrastructure with a goal of reducing overall developer costs.

Currently, demand charges are a hurdle to the deployment of DCFC infrastructure. Pairing energy storage with DCFC infrastructure has the potential to decrease costs. Partnering with ORU to pair energy storage with DCFC infrastructure would allow developers to decrease operational costs, site charging infrastructure in areas where the impacts to the grid are the lowest and provide an opportunity to test vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications.

Optimal locations of DCFC stations will be determined through collaboration with selected market partner and community stakeholders, though ORU requests market providers to make recommendations in their submittals.

Top Goals and Objectives of This Opportunity

The primary goal of this opportunity is to collect information that will inform the design of a future demonstration project, in which energy storage will be paired with DCFC infrastructure. The objective of the ultimate project will be to reduce DCFC developer costs, minimize EV owner charging costs, and increase the adoption of EVs in ORU’s service territory. Secondary goals include siting infrastructure to minimize distribution system impact, and testing V2G functionality to provide distribution system benefits.

Target Customers and/or Applications

Target customers include EV owners (both current and prospective) seeking public DCFC options (i.e., non-residential).

Partnerships being Considered

ORU expects to partner with developers focused on deploying DCFC infrastructure, and/or firms which offer charging and discharging management solutions. The ultimate goal is to co-design a demonstration project that will involve the use of storage paired with DCFC.

The proposed partnerships should also include the following elements:

  • Business models that will animate the market for DC fast charging infrastructure;
  • Collaboration between ORU and market partners on identification of ideal sites for DC fast chargers.
  • Third party investment.
Solutions Being Considered

ORU expects potential solutions to combine both the development of DCFC infrastructure, and the definition of operational models that optimize charging to minimize the costs for the DCFC users.

Potential Replicability and Scalability

Proposals should be both replicable and scalable across the targeted customer segment. Respondents should identify the long-term value of the proposed solution to ORU customers, the third-party partner, and ORU.

Primary REV Objective

This effort will address the following REV Objectives:

  1. enable new energy markets and leverage ratepayer contributions,
  2. improve system-wide efficiency, and
  3. reduce carbon emissions.

Background / Related Information

ORU believes there is tremendous potential for growth of energy storage in its NY service territory. Company data indicates there is currently about 400kW of energy storage deployed in ORU’s territory. Through planned non-wires alternatives, demonstration projects, the Bulk Storage Solicitation, along with organic growth, ORU estimates at least 20 MW of energy storage will be deployed over the next few years.

On the EV-front, there are currently 1,450 EVs in ORU’s NY territory. The transportation sector remains a large source of greenhouse gas emissions. Increased adoption of EVs will present an opportunity for states to reduce emissions from this sector. EVs are an emerging technology that changes the way consumers approach everyday transportation. As a result, there is increased interaction between the Customer and the Utility. Utilities are well positioned to help increase EV adoption through outreach, education and innovative pricing signals. Reducing barriers associate with charging cost will assist the Company in meeting the State Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) goal.

The Company supports New York State’s goal to achieve 1,500 MW of Energy Storage by 2025. ORU will make all necessary efforts to increase energy storage adoption within the service territory, and is committed to developing the appropriate tools, processes, and capabilities to further adoption of energy storage.


Orange & Rockland’s Utility Profile

Energy Storage Innovation Sprint

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