California public power utility Glendale Water & Power (GWP) announced the launch of a new residential program for electric vehicle (EV) drivers called the Off-Peak EV Charging Rebate program.
The program, in partnership with Sagewell, incentivizes EV owners to charge their vehicles overnight on weekdays between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. and any time on the weekend in exchange for a credit of $8 a month paid out once per year.
The program shifts EV load to off-peak hours without any special hardware or separate meter needed. Participants will program their vehicles to charge during off-peak hours, and software algorithms developed by Sagewell will confirm off-peak charging compliance from AMI smart meter data.
Enrollment requires an active GWP residential electric account, and a Level 2 charger or 240-volt charging cable provided by the vehicle manufacturer.
With this program, other communities have seen participants charge off-peak at least 90% of the time, efficiently integrating EV load with the distribution system, GWP said.
EV customers can inquire about GWP’s time-of-use rates to also maximize the benefits of charging at off-peak hours, the utility said.