by Tina Olivero

    United Illuminating Announces New Partnership with Vigeri

    The United Illuminating Company (UI), a subsidiary of Avangrid, has partnered with Vigeri to become the first electric vehicle in Connecticut. We support the introduction and implementation of an automobile (EV) managed-to-charge program. Founded by the Connecticut Utility Regulatory Agency (PURA), the program leverages both behavioral and managed-to-charge strategies designed to shift customers’ EV loads during off-peak hours.

    This effort is part of greater collaboration between UI, PURA, and other stakeholders, a state-wide effort to develop an electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, which will reach 125,000 to 150,000 by 2025. It contributes to Connecticut’s goal of running a single electric vehicle. Connecticut’s Electric Vehicle Managed Charging Program will begin on January 1, 2022, with managed charging scheduled to begin in June.

    Frank Reynolds, UI President, and CEO said: “We are very pleased that Bigeri is incorporating its state-of-the-art technology into Connecticut’s EV charging program. Together, Connecticut will continue to be a key leader in next-generation clean energy in the region. You can maintain your position as a state. “

    By applying Vigeri’s Utility AI ™ platform to UI’s existing Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) data, UI can detect EV owners across service areas and encourage participation in UI’s managed charging program. Will be.

    Rick Rosa, EV Manager at Avangrid, said: “As more EVs are owned, we must develop strategies that can manage the impact of large-scale charging on the grid while providing users with choices and management capabilities. This program is off-peak. We use behavior-focused messages to give our customers an incentive to charge during these hours, which uses state-of-the-art telematics technology to drive load shifts and direct hostile managed charging. Vigeri provides all customers with a scalable and cost-effective solution while minimizing the impact on the grid caused by the inevitable large-scale deployment of EVs. “

    The UI and Vigeri were able to effectively design a customized solution for a two-step approach that included behavioral and managed to charge. Vigeri’s patented technology allows UIs to identify current EV owners based on their use and provide owner-tailored information on how to manage their use and minimize costs. .. Users who allow opt-ins will receive a notification email about peak charging and a monthly summary report to view their activity on a web basis. Users can use this information to determine the best charging method for their needs. The UI minimizes customer costs and supplies energy during peak hours by remotely managing vehicle charging and optimizing grid flexibility for users who allow managed charging opt-in. Ensure balance. Both charging groups are designed to provide financial incentives for registration and off-peak charging.

    Gautam Agawar, Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) of Bigeri, said: “We commend UI, Connecticut, and industry partners for their leadership in developing groundbreaking EV charging programs. We are joining the partnership to join the electric power company, We are proud to be able to demonstrate how regulators and technology providers can work together to increase customer value and prepare for the distribution system management practices that underpin the significant growth of EVs. “

    UI and Avangrid are making a number of efforts to accelerate the adoption of EVs, including this new partnership with Vigeri. Avangrid’s EV roadmap paves the way for becoming an industry leader in the development and integration of EV infrastructure and technologies to support the growth of the EV market and reduce transportation emissions in serviced areas. is showing. Avangrid’s group of companies is also a member of the Electric Highway Coalition, a partnership of utilities working together to build a network of EV fast-charging stations across the United States.

    About UI

    The United Illuminating Company (UI) is a subsidiary of Avangrid. Founded in 1899, UI operates approximately 3600 miles of distribution lines and 138 miles of transmission lines. It serves approximately 341,000 customers in the Greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas of Connecticut. UI received the Edison Electric Institute Emergency Response Award in 2019 and 2021. For more information, please visit www.uinet.com.

    About Bigeri

    Leveraging the power of AI, Vigeri, a SaaS company, is accelerating the future of clean energy by enabling energy companies and consumers to make data-driven decisions about energy. Leveraging Vigeli’s unique patented technology, the UtilityAI ™ platform transforms various aspects of customer data, including energy consumption, demographics, and interactions, into highly accurate and practical consumer power usage insights. .. We use these insights to enhance our customers’ power by providing personalized nomination information tailored to each customer’s personality, lifestyle, usage attributes, behavioral patterns, purchasing habits, and more. UtilityAI ™ energy analysis gives you a detailed picture of power generation and consumption, from smart thermostats to EV chargers, solar cells, hourly rate design, and rates, from a distributed energy source (DER) and grid edge perspective. By doing so, we improve peak load shaping and grid planning and provide targeted recommendations for new value products and services. Rooted in Silicon Valley, Vigeri has more than 17 energy patents, more than $ 75 million in funding, and more than 30 data scientists. We are enthusiastic about bringing AI to the power companies that serve household and commercial customers around the world. For more information, please visit www.bidgely.com or Vigeri’s blog ( bidgely.com/blog ).

    About Avangrid

    Aims to be a leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, Connecticut, Avangrid has approximately $ 40 billion in assets and operates in 24 US states, with two major business units: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. there is. Avangrid Networks owns and operates eight electricity and gas companies, serving more than 3.3 million customers in Newyork and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy power generation facilities across the United States. With approximately 7,000 employees, Avangrid was named by Just Capital in 2021 and 2022 as Just 100, the best corporate citizen in the United States. In 2022, it was ranked second in the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and community in which it serves. In support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the company was named the world’s most ethical company by the Ethisphere Institute in 2022 for the fourth consecutive year. For more information, please visit www.avangrid.com.

    Source and Image: www.bidgely.com, www.uinet.com, and www.avangrid.com

    Tina Olivero

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