Energy Efficiency, Smart Grid

Pepco deploys Itron, ClipperCreek electric vehicle smart charging solution

Pepco, electric service provider to more than 801,000 customers throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia and subsidiary of Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI), is deploying the Itron and ClipperCreek’s electric vehicle smart charging pilot solution.

The technology, which combines ClipperCreek’s charging station with Itron Embedded Sensing technology, provides the foundation for Pepco’s Demand Management Pilot Program for plug-in electric vehicle charging. The voluntary program encourages Pepco customers in its Maryland service territory who own electric vehicles to conveniently take advantage of off-peak charging.

Pepco will use the smart charging to test demand response events and calculate the load impact of each event. The pilot program is to validate electric vehicle smart charging stations to support consumer engagement, demand response, time-of-use rates and embedded revenue-grade metering. Pepco will be able to study the impact of electric vehicle charging to the utility distribution system.

With Itron Embedded Sensing, Itron equips each ClipperCreek 240V charging station with revenue-grade metrology and command and control communication over a variety of mediums. The solution allows for flexible and automatic control of charging, receiving inputs such as charging schedules and control signals for demand response. In addition, the solution allows Pepco to remotely measure the energy delivered to the vehicle as interval metering data.