Nebraska’s Lincoln Electric System Charges Ahead with an Electric Vehicle Study to Understand Charging Demand on the Grid
Lincoln Electric System (LES), the public power utility in Nebraska’s capital city, has begun an Electric Vehicle (EV) study to better understand the impact that EV charging will have on its system’s demand.
Utilities are responsible for ensuring that the power system is ready for more EV drivers, and LES’ study will help answer these questions by measuring the current needs of its community’s EV drivers to plan for future needs.
“The study will help us ascertain when and where and for how long drivers are charging their cars, as well as give us information about state of charge of the batteries and trip durations,” said Marc Shkolnick, LES’ manager of energy services.
The study has several objectives, but chief among them is determining how much EV charging happens during peak hours. From a broader perspective, “we have so many questions, we decided it would be better to collect data and do analysis rather than invest in infrastructure or launch a marketing campaign,” Shkolnick said.
“Our new electric vehicle study is going to help LES stay ahead of our service territory’s electric needs,” said Scott Benson, LES manager of resource and transmission planning. “We’re interested in gathering data that will help us paint a clearer picture of a future with more EVs, and we need customers to help us with this grassroots study.”
LES customers who drive an all-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle are eligible to participate in the study to produce an accurate data set of the growth of EV charging in the Lincoln area. Study data will be a critical component to ensure that the power system remains reliable for all customers and ready to support clean transportation for the foreseeable future.
Participants will have access to technology typically reserved for large commercial fleets, the FleetCarma C2 device and FleetCarma Dashboards. EV drivers enrolled in the study can access data such as their driving and charging history, energy consumption statistics, vehicle battery state-of-charge as well as the total tons of greenhouse gas emissions they have saved by driving an EV. Study participants will also receive a bill credit for their participation.
“Teaming up with FleetCarma allows us to gather reliable data and keep customers’ information safe and secure throughout the entire process,” said Marc Shkolnick, LES manager of energy services. “We’ll be measuring everything from charging habits to how it impacts the grid, but individual driving statistics will be available to customers in their own private, online dashboard.”
The deadline to apply is Oct. 15, 2018 so those interested are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
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