Silver Spring Networks and ClipperCreek Inc. say they are participating in a plug-in electric vehicle (EV) pilot program sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The pilot will enable PG&E and EPRI to test and validate the security, scalability and functionality of smart charging technology integrated with the smart grid.
Scheduled to begin this fall, the San Francisco Bay Area-based pilot will combine emerging plug-in electric vehicle technology with the smart grid network already deployed at PG&E. As part of this pilot, Silver Spring-enabled ClipperCreek charging stations will be integrated with PG&E's network platform. Charging stations will relay metered electricity usage data to PG&E, enabling the utility to monitor and meter the charging station separate from the house's electricity load.
‘To make electric vehicles a reality for consumers, the utility, EV charging technology and the smart grid network must work together seamlessly,’ says Dave Packard, president of ClipperCreek. ‘This program is vital to cementing that relationship and creating the best experience for consumers.’
SOURCE: Silver Spring Networks