Meeting Archive:
Alameda County Smart Charging Project: Project Results Webinar

Meeting Description:
The Alameda County Smart Charging Project is a California Energy Commission EPIC (Electric Program Investment Charge) funded project developed and deployed a smart charging system for minimizing charging costs for fleet electric vehicles (EVs) and EVs charging at public stations. The demonstration leveraged the inherent flexibility in the time and rate of EV charging to decrease utility electric costs of EV charging. The smart charging control system was applied to a fleet of approximately 50 EVs owned by Alameda County and to charging stations that are used both by Alameda County vehicles and by the public including a DC fast charging station capable of charging at up to 50 kW. The project supplements Alameda County’s existing infrastructure investments by adding systems for intelligent optimization of EV charging rates and schedules, simple EV owner engagement, and control algorithms to create a flexible, modular, and scalable solution for smart charging of existing and future fleet and public EVs.
Smart Solutions for Fleet, Public, and Fast Charging
  • Fleet Charging
    • APIs and UIs
    •  Simple scheduling works well for fleet charging
    • Demand and cost saving results
    • Linking to reservation systems and on-board data loggers
  • Public Charging
    • Coincides with peak cost period; less flexibility to shift demand
    • Trade-offs of lower charging rate and longer parked duration versus higher charging rates and shorter parked duration
    • Simple text messaging solution demonstrated here
    • Results of public charging demand shifting
  • Fast Charging
    • Provides greater “on-demand” availability of fleet EVs and fills needs of some public EV owners
    • Off-setting DCFC demand by reducing demand of level 2 fleet stations
    • Results of shedding level 2 demand during DCFC sessions
    • Fixed storage for off-setting DCFC peak demand
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • EV Fleet Guide for Mass Deployment 
  • Preview of new MyFleetBuy project
Date: Wed, Mar 21, 2018
Time: 03:00 PM PDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Doug Black
 Presenter Information
Doug Black
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Dr. Douglas Black is a research engineer in the Grid Integration Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory leading microgrid and vehicle-to-grid integration (VGI) demonstration projects. He leads a team in developing and demonstrating LBNL’s DER-CAM operations control system at the Fort Hunter Liggett Army Base.  Doug also leads VGI demonstration projections at the Los Angeles Air Force Base and Alameda County municipal buildings.  Doug’s work focuses on optimizing control of VGI implementations while maximizing vehicle and grid function and minimizing overall charging costs for individual and fleet owners of electric vehicles.  Doug studies VGI configurations ranging from managed EV charging and building load control for retail demand response programs to using bi-directional EV charging for frequency regulation in wholesale electricity ancillary services markets. Doug earned a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Phillip Kobernick
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Phillip Kobernick is the Acting Logistics Services Manager for Alameda County General Services Administration (GSA). As part of his job duties, Phillip runs the Sustainable Transportation Program at Alameda County, focusing on “greening” the County’s internal vehicle fleet and developing a commuter program for employees to reduce drive-alone commutes. For the County’s fleet, Phillip is currently overseeing the collaborative procurement of nearly 100 EVs for 10 public agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, the transition to all-electric vehicles and better management of EV energy use, and other pilot projects to reduce gasoline consumption.