New York utilities

New York utilities Central Hudson Gas & Electric and Orange & Rockland have launched an electric vehicle (EV) charging pilot programme with Uplight and Enel X.

The programme provides an instant $450 rebate to qualified customers when purchasing select Wi-Fi-enabled JuiceBox EV charging stations on the utilities’ online Marketplaces and enrolls them in the Charge Smart Programme.

The programme automatically charges the vehicle during times of the cleanest power generation – decreasing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

Uplight will use its Marketplace solution to provide instant rebate validation when a customer purchases an EV charger and enrolls into the EV charging programme—creating a seamless customer experience that also increases programme participation.

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When a customer purchases a JuiceBox smart charger, it will arrive at the residence already calibrated to participate in the programme, without any further enrollment effort on the customer’s part.

The project supports New York State’s nation-leading climate and clean energy goals to reduce carbon emissions 85% by 2050.

Programme participants will gain access to Enel X’s JuiceNet smart charging dashboard and mobile app, where they can monitor and control their charging routines. 

JuiceNet Green shifts EV charging during each session to times when greenhouse gas emissions are lower, and the dirtiest fossil-fuel power plants are least utilised.

This will help the New York utilities to reduce stress on the grid during peak demands and align their business with the state’s climate change laws.

The platform utilises forecast and real-time greenhouse gas emissions data from WattTime, a subsidiary of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Josh Lin, General Manager of Uplight, said: “As more utilities and states pledge to go carbon neutral, it is essential to start bringing their customers on that journey as well by connecting them to critical resources like EVs.

“Driving an EV is already a powerful step a customer takes to reduce their environmental impact, but this programme gives customers the right tools to help them more seamlessly manage their energy usage. Uplight is excited to support such an innovative program that aligns with our goal of reducing carbon emissions.”

Giovanni Bertolino, head of e-mobility for Enel X North America, adds: “With more renewables coming online each year, it’s critical we manage new EV load demands efficiently while fully supporting a 100 percent electrified future.

 “As New York continues to make strides to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent over the next decade, our hope is that smart charging will increase EV driver access to renewable energy on the grid as well as help New York meet its clean energy goals, conveniently and cost effectively.”