ACT’s V2G: Plugging Into The Future

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The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government recently actively pushed to promote using electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy in the territory.

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The ACT Government’s decision to explore vehicle to grid (V2G/VTG) technology is part of its plan to achieve 100% renewable energy. The government believes that V2G technology could play a crucial role in achieving this goal, as it allows renewable energy sources to be stored and used during peak demand.

As part of its goal of an electric vehicle fleet and 100% renewable electricity for the ACT, the ACT Government welcomed the Realising Electric Vehicles to Grid Services (REVS) trial in 2020.

Electric vehicles (51 Nissan Leaf) and chargers transported electricity back and forth into the grid as needed during the ACT Government’s REVS project, demonstrating how EVs might control frequency in the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology is an innovative concept that allows electric vehicles to provide power back to the grid when not in use. Essentially, the battery in an EV can be used to store excess electricity generated by renewable energy sources, such as solar panels. This energy can then be fed back into the grid to be used during times of peak demand, providing a valuable source of renewable energy.

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Quotes attributable to ACT Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Mr Shane Rattenbury:

Italian Trulli  “This trial has demonstrated that fleet EVs could play a vital role in supporting our energy grid and in boosting energy security,” says ACT Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury.

“This trial has demonstrated that fleet EVs could play a vital role in supporting our energy grid and in boosting energy security. The insights gained from the past two years will be particularly beneficial during times of peak power usage as a way of balancing renewable energy delivered to the grid.

“In the future, we hope this can extend to Canberrans’ privately owned electric vehicles, providing EV owners with the opportunity to send energy stored in their car’s on-board battery back into their own homes or the electricity grid.

“South Australia has proven it is possible after becoming the first jurisdiction in Australia to approve a network connection of V2G services in a residential setting.

“There are a range of supports available to Canberrans looking to purchase an EV for their home or business. This includes two years free registration, stamp duty exemption and zero-interest loans as part of the Sustainable Household Scheme. We also offer a dedicated Business Fleet Advisory Service to support Canberra businesses and community organisations with transitioning their fleets to ZEVs.”

Introduction to REVS

Realising Electric Vehicles to Grid Services (REVS) is a cloud-based solution developed by Accenture that provides utilities with a comprehensive set of tools for managing the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid. The system uses advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms to forecast renewable energy production and demand, enabling utilities to manage supply and demand imbalances better.

REVS can help utilities to reduce their operating costs. By optimising the use of renewable energy sources and reducing the need for expensive energy storage solutions, utilities can save money on their energy costs, making renewable energy more cost-effective.

REVS is a powerful tool for utilities looking to manage the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid more effectively. With its advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms, REVS provides utilities with the insights they need to optimise their renewable energy assets, improve grid stability and reliability, and reduce operating costs. As the demand for renewable energy continues to grow, solutions like REVS will become increasingly important for utilities looking to meet the challenges of the energy transition.

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The ACT government is also exploring the use of V2G technology to support the grid during times of high demand, such as heat waves. By using V2G technology, the government believes it can reduce the need for expensive new power infrastructure and the risk of power outages during peak periods.

And as part of the Sustainable Household Plan, the government provides zero-interest financing, two years of free registration, and stamp duty exemption to assist Canberrans in purchasing an EV for their household or place of business.

Check this page to know more about ACT Government’s Sustainable Household Loan Plan.

New zero emissions vehicle grants for businesses

Business Zero Emissions Vehicle Grants Program: Applying for a grant to assist with the lease or purchase of a zero emissions light commercial vehicle is now possible for ACT businesses and vehicle leasing companies.

Depending on eligibility, applicants can apply for:

  • Category A: $50,000 (excl GST) worth of grants is available to co-fund a battery electric light commercial truck to a vehicle hire company.
  • Category B: Up to $100,000 (excl GST) worth of grants is available to co-fund battery electric vans or utility vehicles for ACT businesses and community organisations.

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Plugging into the future

The ACT Government’s decision to explore V2G technology is an important step towards achieving 100% renewable energy in the territory. With the potential to provide a valuable source of renewable energy and support the grid during times of high demand, V2G technology could play a crucial role in transitioning to a low-carbon future. As interest in V2G technology continues to grow, we will see more and more governments and businesses exploring the potential of this innovative technology.

Source&Image: Canberra Weekly, Shane Rattenbury MLA Twitter & FaceBook page, ACT Government websites, Everyday Climate Choices

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