Sep 19, 2014

Jamaica Aggressive in Pursuing Renewable Energy Goals

Energy Policy
2 min
In recent months, much attention has been placed on the Caribbean as a hub of renewable energy development. Now, Jamaica has emerged as a leader in t...

In recent months, much attention has been placed on the Caribbean as a hub of renewable energy development. Now, Jamaica has emerged as a leader in the region, announcing yesterday its goal of doubling its renewable energy capacity.

At a ceremony held in Kingston yesterday, three wind and solar focused companies signed roughly $200 million in power purchase agreements with Jamaica’s only electricity distributor. Two planned wind installations and a solar project are expected to add 80 MW of power to the grid.

Director of Jamaica’s utility regulator Albert Gordon said the country should derive 11 % of its power from renewable sources with the commissioning of the projects in 2016. Currently, renewable energy makes up 6% of Jamaica’s power profile.

This would be a major step forward for the country, as it’s been heavily reliant on imported fuel for energy generation for much of its history. This has lead to soaring electrical costs that take a heavy toll on Jamaican power consumers who pay $.42 per kWh—nearly four times as much as U.S. residents.

“We have been going through some rough times but we are seeing the light,” Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell said.

Jamaica Public Service Co. Ltd. is the utility helming the renewable projects and is committed to helping Jamaica slowly move toward energy independence.

“We are going to have generation that ramps up and down, responds and allows us to get the maximum out of those renewables,” she said.

One of the solar projects is expected to be the largest PV project in the English-speaking Caribbean at 20 MW.

Jamaica is already home to the world’s largest hybrid wind and solar farm, making the country an exciting hub of renewable energy potential. 

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Jul 28, 2021

UK Nissan fleet owners receive commercial charging service

Dominic Ellis
3 min
V2G technology developed by DREEV can recharge an EV battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharge excess energy to sell back into the grid

UK fleet owners of Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models can avail of a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.

The service, designed to support the grid through low carbon energy consumption, is being provided by EDF, through Group subsidiary DREEV, in partnership with Nissan.

The V2G technology developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, which specialises in V2G technology, allows for two-way energy flow; both recharging an EV’s battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharging excess energy to sell back into the grid. 

Fleet customers will save around £350 savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year.

EDF’s V2G business solution includes:

  • The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in 3 hours and 30 minutes - 50 per cent faster than a standard charger - with integrated DREEV technology.

  • A dedicated DREEV smart phone app, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time

Philip Valarino, Interim Head of EV Projects at EDF, said today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility. "By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve Net Zero," he said. “Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”

Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, NMGB, said Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of electric vehicles into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility.

He added the Nissan LEAF, with more than half a million units already sold worldwide - is the only model today to allow V2G two-way charging and offers economic opportunities for businesses "that no other electric vehicle does today". Click here for more information. 

US updates

FirstEnergy Corp, which aims to electrify 30% of its approximately 3,400 light duty and aerial fleet vehicles by 2030, has joined the Electric Highway Coalition. The group of electric companies, which has grown to 14 members, is committed to enabling long-distance EV travel through a network of EV fast-charging stations connecting major highway systems.  

The Edison Electric Institute estimates 18 million EVs will be on US roads by 2030. While many drivers recognize the benefits of driving an EV, some are concerned with the availability of charging stations during long road trips. Through their unified efforts, the members of the EHC are addressing this "range anxiety" and demonstrating to customers that EVs are a smart choice for traveling long distances as well as driving around town.

Volta Industries has installed new charging stations at Safeway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Renton, Washington.

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