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Con Edison uses EV charging smart switches from Landis+Gyr

Iain Morris
November 4, 2014

Con Edison is working with smart grid player Landis+Gyr on the introduction of technology for managing energy usage at plug-in electric vehicle charging stations.

The utility has been installing switches supplied by Landis+Gyr during a pilot program that will examine how customers respond when asked to charge their vehicles at certain times of the day when demand for electricity is low.

Besides providing remote control of high-consumption appliances, the switches come with technology that allows them to report on energy usage.

That makes them a good fit for applications such as monitoring and controlling charging stations, according to Landis+Gyr (Zug, Switzerland).

Con Edison (New York City, NY, USA) plans to issue a report evaluating the accuracy and usefulness of the metering technology and make a proposal for next steps by the end of March next year.

“As electric vehicles become more popular in New York City and Westchester County, we are working to make sure we can meet the demand for electricity and continue to provide our customers with industry-leading reliable service,” said John Shipman, the department manager for demand management and customer engagement at Con Edison.

“Options such as variable rates – which reward customers for charging vehicles at times when demand for electricity is low – can help us maintain the reliable service New Yorkers need,” he added.

Landis+Gyr offers both hardware and software that is designed specifically for managing electric vehicle charging, allowing utilities to monitor, control and respond to signals from charging stations.

“As electric vehicles become more common, utilities will need more visibility into the impact on the distribution grid,” said Clark Pierce, the vice president and general manager of Landis+Gyr’s load management business. “An intelligent switch like the L510 can serve multiple functions for the utility since it knows how much energy the appliance being controlled is consuming at any given time.”

“This provides the utility with more options and value for managing and balancing system load throughout the day,” he added.
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