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By | June 3, 2024

Open EV Charging Summit Recap and Video: The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation Applied Interoperability Project

The Open EV Charging Summit was privileged to have Stephen Davis, representing Accenture Federal Services, present the intricacies of the Joint Office of Energy & Transportation Applied Interoperability Project (video follows below). In his presentation, Davis explored the critical points of this groundbreaking initiative, shedding light on the future of electric vehicle (EV) charging and its seamless integration with energy infrastructure.

Here are the key takeaways from his session:

  1. Interoperability as the Holy Grail: Davis emphasized the significance of interoperability in the realm of EV charging. He likened it to a magic potion, essential for the smooth functioning of EV infrastructure. Highlighting the collaborative efforts, Davis acknowledged the contributions of colleagues like Dan Moore from Accenture Federal, who’s spearheading work with the LF Energy EVerest project and smart charging function block for OCPP 2.0.1.
  2. California’s Urgent Need for Scale and Pace: California finds itself at the forefront of the EV revolution, but with great power comes great responsibility. Davis painted a vivid picture of California’s energy landscape, where 90% of feeder circuits are at or above 90% capacity. The urgency to address voltage violations and accommodate EV loads underscores the need for swift action in deploying control systems by electric system operators and manufacturers.
  3. Vision for the Future: Davis invited attendees to envision a future where any plug-in EV owner can effortlessly connect and be dispatchable as a certified market resource. This vision, articulated back in 2014, aims to seamlessly integrate EVs into the energy ecosystem, facilitating reliable service while advancing state and greenhouse gas reduction goals.
  4. The Role of Standards and Infrastructure: Central to the interoperability project is the establishment of standards like ISO 15118 syntax. Davis explained how the Demand Clearing House acts as a translator, enabling seamless communication between grid operators and EVs. The emphasis on standardized communication protocols ensures a uniform approach across the board.
  5. Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable Future: As renewable energy sources burgeon, so does the need for dispatchable loads and dynamic pricing mechanisms. Davis underscored the importance of home energy management and load augmentation to optimize energy usage. He also touched upon novel concepts like seamless roaming and innovative business models, highlighting the evolving landscape of EV integration.