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Enel X to support US cities in electrifying public transport bus fleets

The company is entering the US electrification market and is already working with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to help it electrify a portion of its new fleet.

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Electric buses form an important part of a city's energy transition efforts
Electric buses form an important part of a city's energy transition efforts

Enel X, the advanced energy services business line of multinational power provider Enel Group, is launching a suite of services in the US to help public organisations such as transit authorities, municipalities and schools cost-effectively electrify bus transportation.

 

The company been awarded two grants by the Accelerating Clean Transportation Now (ACTNow) programme through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre (MassCEC).

 

Turnkey services

 

The grants will support the development of public transportation electrification and coincide with the company’s entrance into public transit electrification in the US with the launch of a portfolio of turnkey services, including e-bus infrastructure planning, procurement, energy supply and management, and software.

 

In a statement, Enel X said it will help develop an innovative approach to public transit fleet electrification planning, which will provide the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) insights to optimally electrify a portion of its new fleet, and will support the electrification of a portion of Hopkinton Public School District’s bus fleet.

 

“Massachusetts remains at the forefront of the energy transition and we look forward to progressing each of these projects to deliver turnkey zero emissions transportation solutions that meet sustainability goals and add economic value,” said Surya Panditi, head of Enel X North America.

 

Enel X will work with Microgrid Labs (MGL), provider of electric vehicle (EV) modelling and optimisation software, and the MBTA during the planning and development of a new bus depot to be located in Quincy, Massachusetts. This will be capable of housing a fully electric fleet of 120 buses and charging infrastructure, as part of the MBTA’s broader plans to design facilities to serve a zero-emissions e-bus fleets.

 

The companies will provide an electrification planning and analysis solution that will help inform the MBTA’s electrification strategy and has the potential to be applied in other markets. The analysis will include insights regarding the optimal sizing of vehicle powertrain, battery, charging infrastructure, energy infrastructure including microgrids, as well as the development of an optimal charging strategy.

The project will demonstrate the importance of vehicle-grid integration by enabling the buses to serve as DERs and participate in utility programmes, like demand response, aimed at helping to improve electric grid stability

In addition, Enel X, through its energy advisory services team, will develop an energy supply management strategy to maximise the financial benefits of the system, including evaluation of on-site distributed energy resources (DERs) like battery storage and the potential to earn revenue from enrolling the electric fleet and DERs in local managed charging and demand response programmes.

 

Additionally, Enel X is expanding its partnership with Hopkinton Public School District to provide Hopkinton with two electric school buses and charging infrastructure, delivering clean transportation for the school district. Enel X will utilise its fully networked, grid-responsive smart charging technology to enable Hopkinton Public School District to optimise charging sessions, thereby making a more efficient use of resources, while also providing energy services to the grid.

 

The project will demonstrate the importance of vehicle-grid integration by enabling the buses to serve as DERs and participate in utility programmes, like demand response, aimed at helping to improve electric grid stability while also enabling the school district to decrease electricity costs and generate revenue from their participation in these programmes.

 

Currently, Enel X is constructing an integrated on-site solar and battery storage system at Marathon Elementary School in Hopkinton which is expected to begin operations by the end of 2020.

 

The news follows Enel X’s recent announcement of a joint venture with AMP Capital for the development of electric public transportation infrastructure in the Americas. The joint venture was established to help accelerate Enel X’s growth and leadership in the global electric public transportation sector in which it already manages 433 electric bus running across Santiago, Chile, and is building four new electro-terminals in Bogotà, Colombia, where almost 500 e-buses will be charged with renewable energy beginning in 2021.

 

Car-pooling programme

 

Additionally, Enel North America, through its renewables business Enel Green Power North America, has been awarded a grant, also under ACTNow program, of $37,000 to support the development of an emissions-based car-pooling program for Enel’s 650-plus Massachusetts employees across its Boston and Andover offices. Enel is collaborating with Liftango, an enterprise carpooling application developer, to improve the accuracy of the application’s calculations for CO2 savings resulting from car-pooling.

 

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre said it is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies, and projects, while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts.

 

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