Michigan PSC approves $5 million for PHEV pilot


Orjiakor Isiogu,
Michigan PSC
Lansing, MI, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 9, 2008 – The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved funding of $5 million towards its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) pilot project.

The project, a partnership between the University of Michigan, General Motors Corporation, and DTE Energy Company, will include the study of PHEVs as a Michigan economic development catalyst, the near-term vehicle-utility interface, the mid/long-term vehicle utility interface, and the environmental and electric utility system impacts of PHEVs.

The funding forms part of a total funding allocation of $6.5 million in energy efficiency grants. The balance was allocated towards the distribution of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and green community programs, including customer awareness activities.

“The grants will help the state promote and move forward in the development and application of energy efficient technologies,” said PSC chairman Orjiakor Isiogu, in announcing them.

The key areas that are to be studied in Michigan’s PHEV pilot include the environmental effects of PHEVs in the state at various levels of adoption, the effect of PHEVs on utility and regional electric system load duration curves, technical issues surrounding the participation of vehicle-to-grid in the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator’s (MISO) ancillary services market, and metering and time-based pricing policies for charging electric vehicles.

See the forthcoming Smart Energy International Issue 2/2008 for a comprehensive feature on Michigan’s PHEV pilot program.