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Sagewell starts EV peak load reduction programme

Steve Rogerson
July 5, 2017

Sagewell has received a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DoER) to work with Massachusetts municipal utilities to launch an electric vehicle peak load reduction programme.
Sagewell, a specialist in electric vehicle peak load reduction programmes and smart meter data analytics, will use a smart charger plug that transforms non-load-controllable EV chargers into smart chargers. The Massachusetts company will benchmark the device’s performance to industry-standard smart EV chargers and to its Bring Your Own Charger programme for utilities with smart meters
“Massachusetts is proud to be a national leader in energy efficiency programmes that reduce overall consumption and we are committed to continuing our work to improve energy costs disproportionately affected by times of peak demand,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The demonstration projects funded through these grants will strengthen our innovation economy and provide the commonwealth with a roadmap for reducing our most expensive energy loads and securing our energy future.”
Sagewell will be working with multiple municipal electric utilities in Massachusetts to launch the programme this summer. The electric vehicle programmes of Belmont Light and Braintree Electric Light Department are the first participants in the programme. The results and insights from this pilot will be used to inform future grant and other funding opportunities.
The DoER peak load reduction grant programme seeks to find creative and cost-effective ways to reduce the large peak load costs faced by Massachusetts utility customers.
“Sagewell is honoured to have been selected by DoER,” said Sagewell CEO Pasi Miettinen. “Municipal utilities already have some of the highest electric vehicle penetration rates in Massachusetts. We look forward to working with up to ten municipal utilities to use these new approaches to reduce the peak load from electric vehicles today and proactively prepare for the day when Massachusetts will have hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles.”