Energy management specialist EnergyHub has partnered with charger manufacturer Enel X to expand the availability of smart charging stations as a flexible distributed energy resource (DER) for utilities. Utilities will now be able to manage customer-owned Enel X smart charging stations through EnergyHub’s Mercury DERMS platform.
Enel X has over 60,000 consumer charging stations deployed around the US, and the new partnership allows utilities to use EnergyHub’s platform to manage enrolled Enel X JuiceBox smart charging stations. Through the integration of EnergyHub’s Mercury DERMS platform with Enel X’s cloud-based JuiceNet smart EV charging software, utilities can forecast load, intelligently instruct, and monitor load results from customer-owned Enel X charging stations.
Enel X’s JuiceNet software platform optimizes the energy consumption of the JuiceBox EV charging stations to align with grid conditions, while ensuring customer charging requirements are met. EnergyHub’s Mercury DERMS platform allows utilities to monitor, coordinate, and orchestrate EV charging in concert with other DERs. EnergyHub works with utilities on multiple types of EV management solutions, including time of use (TOU) pricing, peak management and dynamic load shaping.
Baltimore Gas & Electric (BG&E) and Eversource are the first utilities to take advantage of the partnership and provide their customers with Enel X’s JuiceBox residential smart charging stations.
“We see managed EV charging as an important and growing piece of our DER portfolio, which we leverage not just during the hottest days of the year, but to manage demand year-round,” said Michael Goldman, Director of Energy Efficiency for Eversource. “We’re glad to be able to allow more customers to participate by offering incentives to our customers with JuiceBox EV chargers.”
“Working with EnergyHub and Enel X allows us to partner with our customers to manage flexible EV charging load, preparing us for the future of transportation electrification, while also supporting the grid as a whole,” said Kristy Fleischman Groncki, Manager of Strategic Programs at BG&E. “Our EV Smart program managed with EnergyHub rewards customers for contributing to the grid while using their preferred EV charging equipment.”
“Preparing for mass adoption of electric vehicles and EV charging infrastructure is one of the most critical steps utilities should be taking today to lead the energy transition,” said Giovanni Bertolino, Head of e-Mobility, Enel X North America. “Enel X’s expanded partnership with EnergyHub adds to over thirty utility programs we have underway, and further demonstrates the ability of our product portfolio and JuiceNet software platform to seamlessly integrate with third-party platforms to deliver added grid flexibility to utilities everywhere.”