Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) specialists Nuvve and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) say they have agreed to allow electric school buses to give energy back to the grid. This is to prevent blackouts through the utility’s Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP).
Participating districts can help energy conservation efforts and also get paid for the energy they feed back, says SDG&E. The utility offers two dollars per kWh, and the scheme is not just for grid emergencies but can become a part of daily school bus routines.
“Electric school buses offer a natural and compelling bi-directional charging solution born from their batteries, which are equipped with a substantial amount of energy storage capacity,” said Gregory Poilasne, CEO of Nuvve. “In addition, the operating needs for ESBs play a critical role – while the buses are plugged in and not being driven, they can be helping the grid when energy demand rates are typically at their highest.”
SDG&E launched the ELRP following a recommendation by California’s Independent System Operator (CAISO). They proposed ELRP to encourage business customers with generally larger energy loads to help reduce energy usage during an emergency.
Nuvve’s V2G system helps the utility manage and measure the energy feedback. School districts within SDG&E’s service territory interested in school bus electrification and ELRP should contact Nuvve. Participation from electric school bus fleets will allow these districts to qualify for potential revenues, helping offset the cost of their electric fleet conversions and/or funnel the savings back into the classroom, adds SDG&E.
Nuvve became a publically listed company on the US stock market in 2020 and has headquarters in San Diego. BYD and Levo Mobility are among the company’s collaborators integrating V2G into various vehicles, including BYD e-buses.
Nuvve reportedly works with Blue Bird across the USA for electric school buses, offering V2G applications.
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