I mentioned back in July that Regen Energy of Toronto was in talks with a California utility about testing its “swarm logic” technology for the managing of electric-car charging loads on the local grid. At the DistribuTECH conference in San Diego the company announced the utility as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which has an ongoing Smart Grid EV integration prjoect funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Regen says California utilities have serious concerns about the potential for rapid deployment of EVs to overwhelm their local distribution assets, largely because city’s such as Los Angeles are likely to have relatively higher concentrations of EV owners. That is, green-minded California consumers tend to be early adopters of these technologies.
“Our EnviroGrid technology platform has been proven widely for commercial HVAC demand management and demand response applications,” according to Regen chief executive Tim Angus. “HVAC often represents 60 per cent of total building load, however the emerging adoption of EVs will quickly place significant stress on the grid both from a building and city level.”