Category Archives: Regulatory

What if V2G enabled vehicles receive additional ZEV credits?

2013 was an incredible year for the Electric Vehicle. Despite the work of so many naysayers, Electric Vehicles are here to stay and provide a long list of benefits.

Looking ahead a few years – what are the most important technologies and benefits EV’s offer? If you have followed Green OnRamp activities you’ll note continual the theme of making sure that EVs are an asset to the grid rather than a liability. Finding just the right balance of policy and cost effective incentives that are timed with the developing market is a tricky process.

One of the most powerful policy tools that couples financial incentives and building vehicles are Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) credits. These credits accrue to manufacturers that deliver vehicles in California and a growing list of States including Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Oregon and Vermont. Credits accrue based on vehicle capabilities such as range and powertrain characteristics.

Why not add additional credits for vehicles that are able to feed power back into the grid – AKA Vehicle to Grid?  Given the value of ZEV credits in the market, a partial credit is more than enough to spur development efforts while the early markets for electric vehicle grid services are getting defined.

Contact us to join the conversation with your policy makers.

Utilities & EVs: Driving Adoption of the Ultimate Appliance

Silicon Valley: Driving Connected & Charged - 2013

Each year stakeholders from across the entire Electric Vehicle ecosystem come to Silicon Valley for an all things EV Symposium organized by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

The 2013 edition will be held on June 6th / 7th is called Silicon Valley: Driving Charged & Connected and will be hosted at SAP Labs in Palo Alto.

Join us for a packed two day agenda featuring industry leaders, policy makers, investors and start ups all working to accelerate the adoption of Electric Vehicles and new ways of thinking about modern connected transportation.  Day one dives right into emerging technologies in the EV space along with connected mobility.  Attendees, members of the Press and employees of SAP and neighbor EPRI will have access to a large collection of advanced power train vehicles for test drives including Tesla, Ford, Nissan, Honda, Mercedes, BMW, VIA Motors and others.

Green OnRamp’s Paul Stith will be moderating a panel entitled – “Utilities & EVs: Driving Adoption of the Ultimate Appliance”.  The panel of industry experts will talk about the important role Utilities are playing in expanding EV adoption in different regions of the world.

We’ll explore the technologies, market opportunities, regulatory and policy frameworks that are shaping early successes and challenges for this emerging space.  Panelist include:

Peter Dempster, Advanced Technology Engineer, BMW
Margaret Larson, Transportation Energy Specialist, Hawaii State Energy Office
Ralph Troute, EV Program Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Laurent Naves, EV Business and Market Analyst, EDF, Inc.

Be sure to stick around for Day Two which takes the discussions deeper into the initiatives and policies that are part of the Governor’s Zero Emission Action Plan.

Beyond Fossil Fuels – The Promise and Reality of Electric Vehicles

Acterra: Bring people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet.

Rafael Reyes, Executive Director, Bay Area Climate Collaborative will host a panel this evening of EV experts presented by Acterra. One in a series of sessions entitled “Beyond Fossil Fuels” –  ”The Promise and Reality of Electric Vehicles”.  

Paul Stith will be a panelist and will share a few of the projects he is actively working on including regulatory, national standards and legislative initiatives to insure a smooth and steady adoption of Electric Vehicles. Central to these efforts is providing consumers a clear path to obtain low cost domestic fuel that’s easily obtained, price predictable and comes from increasingly sustainable sources.

Mapping EV Growth in California

Clearly, incentives can play a major role in the early adoption phase for Electric Vehicles.  The California Center for Sustainable Energy who administers the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project recently received an additional $10.5 million.  California residents, business and government organizations can qualify to receive up to $2,500 for purchasing or leasing a plug in electric vehicle.

Just as the previously posted NREL charge station map, the number claimed EV rebates are updated regularly with details on location, type of PEV and allow you to monitor EV progress over time and geography.  Vist the reporting and project statistics center for the latest Clean Vehicle Rebate Project Stats.

As a side benefit to this very effective policy, we get to see where the rebates have been claimed throughout the state.  Take a look at the density map for California and zoom in on Silicon Valley.  You’ll understand how this is becoming the epicenter for EVs and why we can’t go anywhere without seeing dozens of EVs.

CVRP Data Map 1-23-2013




More EV choices on the way to California in 2013

Getting more Electric Vehicles on the road is a long process working against formidable odds.  In California we are especially thankful for strict regulations that require auto manufacturers to produce Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) (or purchase ZEV credits from other manufactures that do).

Debates over whether cars are “Compliance Cars” or not aside, we need as many “Green Pills” as we can get.

Enjoy this footage from the LA Auto Show where two more entries are revealed (Footage courtesy of Stephano @ Paris Productions):

Chrysler / Fiat 500 EV

Chevrolet Spark EV

Submetering – Letter to CPUC President

One of the many initiatives PROJECT Green OnRamp is following very closely are the efforts to enable submetering for charging electric vehicles.  When fully functional, this technology will allow significantly less costly ways to track and isolate the fuel going into (or out of) electric vehicles.

After reviewing the recently filed “Strawman” document produced by the Utility companies were inspired to write a letter to President Peevy at the California Public Utilities Commission.  There are several issues yet to be resolved over that last 18 months including certification guidelines for 3rd party meters, parameters for “embedded” devices, identifying costs associated with implementing utility system back office systems and creating new modern rules for addressing the new billing paradigms.

Excerpt from the letter:

“We believe that submetering technologies are game changing in many ways. In addition to moving the EV market forward with competitive fueling choices and reduced deployment costs, submetering will enable the use of forward thinking policy tools such as Low Carbon Fuel Standards credits and may assist with creative solutions in the areas of demand fees, advanced renewables integration, storage and other applications that benefit from isolated measurement of electricity – in either direction.”

– Paul Stith, Chief Electric Vehicle Officer

Our letter:  PROJECT Green OnRamp Letter to President of CPUC


Submetering – Why delay progress?

In a joint letter opposing the extension filed today along with the Green Power Institute and Plug In America, SUM – PROJECT Green OnRamp requested that the 12 month extension to complete the submetering protocol be limited to only 6 months.

Our letter follows an unlikely group of interests that came together requesting the extension – Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, EVSP Coalition and Natural Resource Defense Council.

While we fully understand the technical challenges of the protocol our position is that technology is getting held back by lack of policy decisions.  Solid rules and policies with room to evolve will expedite innovation.

References to the NRG Settlement came at a time when this lively topic and disclosure of the proposed settlement details were under scrutiny.


Sub-Metering Protocol Road Map

Today the long awaited first draft of the Sub-Metering Protocol Roadmap was released.  This document was prepared by PG&E, Southern California Edison & San Diego Power & Gas.  The document included feedback from 3rd Parties (OEMs, EVSPs and Consumer Advocate / EV Drivers) who assisted throughout the development process.

PROJECT Green OnRamp / Paul Stith’s input appeared in several sections including security and communications, inclusion of L1 & L3 EV fuel metering along with Net Metering to support local generation of power via Solar and future Vehicle to Grid applications.