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New York utility launches home EV smart charging pilot programme

Central Hudson Gas & Electric and Orange & Rockland are partnering with Uplight and Enel X to offer rebates to encourage drivers to charge their vehicles during times of the cleanest power generation.

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The programme provides Hudson Valley residents with a tool to manage energy usage
The programme provides Hudson Valley residents with a tool to manage energy usage

New York-based utilities Central Hudson Gas & Electric and Orange & Rockland have announced an electric vehicle (EV) charging pilot programme for their Hudson Valley customers.

 

The pilot, operated in partnership with Uplight and Enel X, offers rebates and aims to encourage drivers to charge their EVs during times of the cleanest power generation – decreasing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

$450 customer rebate

 

Uplight, a customer experience energy company, will use its marketplace solution to provide instant rebate validation when a customer purchases an EV charger. Qualified customers immediately receive a $450 rebate when purchasing select wi-fi-enabled EV charging stations on the utilities’ online marketplaces and enrols them in the charge smart programme.

 

The project supports New York State’s climate and clean energy goals to reduce carbon emissions 85 per cent by 2050.

 

“As more utilities and states pledge to go carbon neutral, it is essential to start bringing their customers on that journey as well by connecting them to critical resources like EVs,” said Josh Lin, general manager of Uplight.

 

“Driving an EV is already a powerful step a customer takes to reduce their environmental impact, but this programme gives customers the right tools to help them more seamlessly manage their energy usage.”

“Driving an EV is already a powerful step a customer takes to reduce their environmental impact, but this programme gives customers the right tools to help them more seamlessly manage their energy usage”

Programme participants will also gain access to sustainable energy specialist Enel X’s JuiceNet smart charging dashboard and mobile app, where they can monitor and control their charging routines.

 

The company’s software service JuiceNet Green shifts EV charging during each session to times when greenhouse gas emissions are lower, and the dirtiest fossil-fuel power plants are least utilised.

 

“With more renewables coming online each year, it’s critical we manage new EV load demands efficiently while fully supporting a 100 per cent electrified future,” added Giovanni Bertolino, head of e-mobility for Enel X North America.

 

“As New York continues to make strides to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent over the next decade, our hope is that smart charging will increase EV driver access to renewable energy on the grid as well as help New York meet its clean energy goals, conveniently and cost effectively.”

 

JuiceNet Green utilises forecast and real-time greenhouse gas emissions data from WattTime, a subsidiary of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

 

JuiceNet claims its Utility Edition platform also allows utilities to monitor and analyse demand from participating charging stations and manage charging to respond to and align with real-time grid conditions.

 

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