Navigant: Microgrids and Virtual Power Plants Will Come to Rely Upon Electric Vehicles as a Source Power


When Navigant Research examined nine California microgrids that have a total of 21 MW of generating capacity, it found that the biggest value propositions were renewable energy integration, resiliency and bill savings. But it also found emerging benefits from incorporating charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. “The point is that … [Read more...]

The Electric Vehicle as a Power Plant: A California Utility Shows How it’s Done

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For years we’ve heard about a future where our cars become sort of like mini-power plants. And now San Diego Gas & Electric is showing how it’s done. The California utility has begun bidding resources from a group of electric vehicles and energy storage systems into the state’s wholesale power market. The pilot program, one of the first … [Read more...]

US Air Force Unveils World’s Largest Electric Vehicle-to-Grid Fleet

And so it begins. For years we've talked about the profound change the electric vehicle will bring to the power grid. And now, in Los Angeles the military will show how it's done with the world's largest vehicle-to-grid project to date. The Los Angeles Air Force Base in California (LAAFB) has acquired 42 plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs), the … [Read more...]

V2G Has a Role in Your Microgrid Strategy

Vehicle to Grid, or V2G,  technology can play a key role in a microgrid's ability to provide grid reliability.  Each electric car can send up to 10 kW of power back to the grid. Organizations with large fleets of electric cars can provide a balancing reserve to a utility – reducing the need for energy generation construction. A V2G charging station … [Read more...]