Portable electricity network
What if your electricity was delivered by drone? It might not be as far-fetched as you think. Today’s electricity network is rather fixed, supported by a maze of poles and wires, both underground and overhead. The network of yesterday kept building bigger and better to keep pace with electricity demand. The network of tomorrow can’t keep doing that. We need a smarter way to move electricity from A to B while maximising the value of our existing investments.
A central theme to electricity portability is energy storage; which has undergone radical change in recent years. Battery technology is at the forefront of this revolution. This technology will only continue to evolve and as it does it provides opportunities to leverage this technology for the benefit of your electricity supply. While drone delivery may still be a bit of a pie in the sky idea there are a few more down to earth technologies that are already landing on our shores.
The ability to monitor and manage EV charging is a fundamental part of WELL’s Distribution System Operator development plan and will be essential for responding to this emerging technology.
To proactively build knowledge on how EV charging might impact the network, Wellington Electricity has already:
Developed an EV tariff encouraging EV owners to charge EVs overnight (9 pm to 7 am) at a reduced rate with the aim of moving demand away from peak periods;
run an internal trial with staff using EVs from the corporate fleet after hours to provide information on usage patterns and network demand.
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