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Hydro One tests using EV charging stations to back up grid

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Hydro One tests using EV charging stations to back up grid

TORONTO—Hydro One and Peak Power have announced the launch of a new pilot program to study the benefits of using electric vehicle (EV) charging technology to provide back-up electricity during power outages.

Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) charging technology will be installed at the homes of program participants to test the ability of EVs to act as batteries and provide back-up electricity through simulated power interruptions. The pilot program will study how the technology can improve the reliability of Hydro One’s distribution system, stated a recent release.

The pilot program is funded in part by the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Grid Innovation Fund.

“As a leader in the integration of clean energy resources, we are making smart investments in our electricity system to enhance power resiliency,” said Jason Fitzsimmons, chief corporate affairs officer with Hydro One, in the release. “Our partnership with Peak Power and the IESO will help us explore how this technology can lower costs and improve service for our customers.”

Peak Power will use software demonstrated in its existing Peak Drive pilot in partnership with Nissan for the program. The technology is already being used with Nissan Leaf EVs in Japan, Europe and Australia.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Hydro One as a utility partner who shares our passion for pioneering clean energy innovation to benefit their customers and help support the reliability, affordability and sustainability of Ontario’s grid alongside growing EV adoption,” said Matthew Sachs, Peak Power COO. “This V2H project will demonstrate how utilities and system operators can integrate intelligent clean tech to modernize their grid with cost-efficient software solutions.”

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