Virtual Conference
V2G and the Duck Curve in California

CCE’s next major event will be held in January 2021.  It will be titled “Can V2G Alleviate the Duck Curve in California?

Source:  California ISO (CAISO). Image used by permission.

The Center for Community Energy (CCE) plans to hold a virtual conference in January 2021, bringing together experts on the potential for putting the extra battery power in electric vehicles back onto the electric grid (Vehicle-to-Grid) in the evening.  This could significantly reduce or even alleviate the so-called “Duck Curve,” the surplus of solar power during the day and the shortage of renewable power during the evening, which greatly increases electric rates during those hours.  It could make it possible to stop using obsolete fossil fuel-powered electric plants in favor of existing cleaner and more efficient technologies.

CCE’s goal is to prepare a consensus document to submit to the Public Utilities Commission as an expert opinion to inform them about the current state-of-the-art in Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G).  If the potential of V2G to alleviate the duck curve is not addressed now it will not get into the resource planning process, which means that antiquated sources of power will continue to pollute for decades to come.  

To give this question the visibility it deserves, we plan to hold a virtual conference on the topic “Can V2G Alleviate the Duck Curve in California?”  We will bring together (via Zoom) top experts from the US and abroad to make presentations on this topic.  The presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion at which the moderator will try to bring the participants to a consensus.  A consensus document will be drawn up by the CCE and circulated to the participants until as broad an agreement as possible was achieved.  This consensus document will then be submitted to the PUC, other state agencies, elected officials, media and load-serving entities as an expert opinion that will inform them about the prevailing state-of-the-art in V2G.

Additional information will be coming soon.  In the meantime, please email questions to Jose Torre-Bueno, CCE Executive Director.