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Artificial Intelligence Pilot Project to Support EV Electricity Demand in Ottawa

IESO, OEB, BluWave-ai and Hydro Ottawa collaborate to provide visibility into the growing number of electric vehicles drawing power from the local grid

OTTAWA (ON), April 14, 2022 /CNW/ – To meet the growing energy needs created by electric vehicles (EVs) in the Ottawa region, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) are supporting a new pilot project by BluWave-ai and Hydro Ottawa that will use artificial intelligence (IA) to manage electric vehicle charging during peak periods, saving customers money while extending the life of electric infrastructure.

By $2.4 million With funding from the IESO’s Grid Innovation Fund, as well as regulatory support from the OEB’s Innovation Sandbox, this project will contribute to technical advancements that will help realize the potential of these solutions. Project promoters and their partners invest an additional amount $2.4 million. Today’s announcement builds on the support the Grid Innovation Fund and Innovation Sandbox are providing to four projects announced last month, bringing the total investment to $41.8 million.

The IESO projects that demand for electricity from transportation electrification, which includes electric vehicles, will increase by 20% per year. The increased adoption of electric vehicles presents challenges for utilities that distribute the energy needed to charge them.

To meet this growing demand for Ottawa, IESO and OEB support BluWave-ai, Hydro Ottawa, Moment Energy and Area XO operated by Invest Ottawa. This pilot project, called EV Everywhere, will use AI to create an online service for EV owners that will pool the storage and charging capacities of EV batteries to smooth out peaks in demand and take advantage of more energy. at lower cost outside peak hours. The automated system will also assess customer interest and impacts.

“Innovative technologies, like AI, allow consumers to exercise greater control over how they use electricity,” says Lesley Gallinger, President and CEO of the IESO. “By continuing to fund local projects through our Grid Innovation Fund, we are finding new ways to harness the potential of local sourcing and changing the way we think about our electricity grid.”

“Supporting projects like this gives us insight into emerging challenges in a rapidly changing energy sector and advances our thinking about solutions that can address these challenges,” says Susanna Zagar, CEO of the CEO. “We are delighted that the EPO’s Innovation Sandbox can help pave the way for this to happen, with the ultimate goals of industry innovation and consumer value. »

This pilot project will test an AI software platform that helps utilities learn about and support the growing number of electric vehicles drawing their electricity from the local grid. With customer feedback, optimized charging times and strategic placement of battery storage, the platform aims to reduce pressure on the local grid, as well as enable electric vehicles to provide services to the provincial market. electricity as a whole.

“We know electric vehicles are the cars of the future,” said Todd Smith, Minister of Energy. “That’s why our government is building electric vehicle charging stations everywhere. from Ontario busiest highway and strives to provide an ultra-low overnight electricity rate to reduce EV charging costs when province-wide electricity demand is lower. Projects like EV Everywhere will help further integrate electric vehicles into from Ontario power grid by leveraging AI to shift EV charging to off-peak times, a win-win situation that saves customers money, while reducing peak demand on the grid. »

“Distribution services in Ontario face the challenges of meeting the increased demand for EV chargers in customers’ homes and businesses,” said devastating paul, CEO and Founder of BluWave-ai. “BluWave-ai’s EV Everywhere facilitates the transition to high electric vehicle penetration by using real-time network data to forecast demand, taking into account expected consumer loads and renewable energy generation behind the meter. Integrated with utility systems, EV Everywhere provides optimal dispatch for intelligent scheduling of EV charging and available battery energy storage.It is a wireless alternative solution that can defer or reduce the need for capital infrastructure upgrades.”

“With our company’s goal of having net-zero operations by 2030, and as we continue to meet our city’s growing energy needs and transition our customers to a greener future, it’s important for Hydro Ottawa to participate in province-wide initiatives, and projects like BluWave-ai’s EV Everywhere,” says Bryce Conrad, President and CEO of Hydro Ottawa. “These projects not only provide the foundation for innovative new technologies, but also help protect our electricity grid from the challenges ahead as part of this transition.”

“Working with BluWave-ai and Hydro Ottawa creates an incredible opportunity to increase EV adoption,” said Gurmesh Sidhu, co-founder and chief product officer of Moment Energy. “By adding energy storage to the grid, we can solve many of the problems the grid would otherwise encounter as EV adoption increases. Working with partners allows us to demonstrate the effectiveness of second-life batteries and the impact they can have on transmission and distribution infrastructure.”

“As part of our partnership on this project, Area XO operated by Invest Ottawa will provide our private, state-of-the-art R&D facility and technical expertise to collaborate and demonstrate the technology solution before it moves to deployment in the real world,” says Kelly DaizeDirector, Area XO “The project will use our Level 2 and Level 3 Electric Vehicle Power Equipment (EVSE) charging systems, grid infrastructure and electric vehicles to create a system for testing multiple applications to ensure a seamless and secure transition to deployment.”

Since its inception in 2005, the IESO’s Grid Innovation Fund has supported more than 260 projects, taking innovative ideas from partners and turning them into knowledge that improves the reliability, sustainability and resilience of the provincial power grid.

The EPO Innovation Sandbox helps innovators better understand regulatory requirements. Where appropriate, this helps clear a path for projects to continue on a trial basis where there is potential to bring value to consumers.

About the Independent Electricity System Operator

The IESO operates from Ontario 24-hour, 365-day-a-year power grid, ensuring Ontarians receive a reliable, cost-effective source of power when and where they need it. It works with industry partners and engages with communities through Ontario to plan and prepare for the province’s electricity needs now and in the future.

About the Ontario Energy Board

The OEB is the independent regulator of from Ontario electricity and natural gas sectors. It protects the interests of consumers and supports the collective advancement of the peoples of Ontario. Its goal is to deliver public value through careful regulation and independent decision-making that helps from Ontario economic, social and environmental development.

SOURCE Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

For further information: IESO Media Relations, 416-506-2823, [email protected]; OEB Media Relations, 416-544-5171, [email protected]