Smart charging, tariffs and VPP are not just a thing of the future
During the webinar, we learned about the exciting momentum of the smart charging. Eneco, Tibber, Engie and Octopus are already engaging thousands of EV drivers in their smart charging programs, proving that with the right focus and product offerings, they can offer great value to drivers.
Building a successful customer proposition is key
There are different ways to integrate tariffs with VPPs into a smart charging customer offer. Some parties opted for fixed rates, while others explored dynamic options. However, there’s unanimous consent that simplicity and robust support are vital for widespread EV drivers’ adoption. Despite this focus on simplicity, behind the scenes, sophisticated technology and algorithms play a crucial role in positively impacting the grid.
Beyond hourly dynamic rates
Dynamic energy contracts offer consumers the ability to shift their energy consumption to cheaper hours, resulting in cost savings. These contracts provide day-ahead price signals. While widely used in the Nordics, we now also see broad adoption by suppliers in markets like Belgium and the Netherlands. Moreover, there’s word that players in the Nordics are developing even more advanced dynamic rates that go beyond the hourly spot price.
Regulatory enablers and disablers
Regulators play a critical role in creating an environment that supports the integration of EV charging with renewable energy. Countries like the UK have implemented initiatives like the DFS product and local DSO markets to incentivize the use of distributed EVs flexibility in different markets. These programs are designed for EVs and make a good combination with other flexibility use cases. However, there are still challenges that exist, and some countries are still lagging behind in providing the required foundation to support smart charging functionality, such as the necessary smart meter infrastructure or have flexibility markets available that, in practice, are not a good fit for EVs.
Are zero bills next?
The future of EV charging and renewable energy integration holds great potential. As technology advances, more innovative solutions will emerge, offering consumers even greater control over their energy usage and costs. Some parties even think that zero energy bill could be possible for EV drivers in the near future when stacking and integrating all markets together.
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