Last chance to join WPD ‘vehicle to grid’ trial as Green Energy UK becomes one of four supplier partners UPDATED Igloo Energy joins

UPDATED: Igloo Energy has become an energy partner in the Electric Nation Vehicle to Grid (V2G) trial (below). Twenty-five of the 100 applicants on the Electric Nation V2G trial will be offered the opportunity to join the project with the Igloo Energy and CrowdCharge proposition.

Matt Clemow, chief executive and founder of Igloo Energy, said: “We are very excited to take part in the project with CrowdCharge and look forward to learning how people will interact with Vehicle to Grid technology. At Igloo we are always looking for ways to help people save energy and reduce their carbon footprint, and V2G charging offers electric vehicle owners an opportunity to achieve both. Alongside our efforts to help homes transition from fossil fuel heating systems to low carbon systems such as air source heat pumps, helping households get the best value when using their electric vehicle is crucial, especially as their adoption grows.” WPD said the Igloo Pioneer tariff will suit participants who prefer simple energy tariffs that do not vary by time of day.

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Just a few places remain for electric car drivers in Western Power Distribution (WPD) licence areas (East and West Midlands, South West and South Wales)to join its Electric Nation vehicle to grid (V2G) trial as the project announces Green Energy UK as one of its energy partners.

Electric Nation, run by WPD and CrowdCharge , will use four different energy partners to simulate a future world in which many streets will have a number of EVs using V2G chargers with different energy suppliers.

Twenty-five applicants to the Electric Nation V2G trial will be offered the opportunity to join the project with the Green Energy UK and CrowdCharge proposition.Green Energy UK supplies 100% renewable electricity and 100% green gas.  In 2017 was the first UK energy supplier to offer residential customers a time of use (TOU) tariff.

The ‘TIDE’ tariff, has a low rate at off-peak times, so EV drivers can charge their vehicles when electricity prices are at their lowest, from midnight to 7am daily.

But the trial includes a two-rate export tariff, so if an EV is plugged in and available at peak times they can earn V2G benefits, exporting electricity to support the grid, and recovering it at a lower cost overnight (.

EV drivers will inform the CrowdCharge platform when they next need their car and how much energy (or how many miles) they will need for the next day.  Green Energy UK will send instructions to the CrowdCharge platform, which connects to the EV driver’s V2G charger, to tailor the charging schedule to help align the supplier’s generation and supply.

Participants can also earn ‘free miles’ of electricity and should see a reduction in their electricity bill as CrowdCharge is aiming to reduce household electricity use through load savings at expensive times.

Electric Nation is recruiting 100 Nissan EV owners to take part in the trial, with free installation of the V2G smart chargers worth £5,500. Over 575 EV drivers have applied to join Electric Nation so far. Recruitment remains open to ensure the project secures 100 participants that meet all the eligibility criteria, however the project will be closing to new applications soon, so anyone interested in being part of the trial should apply now.

Trial applicants must:

• Be resident in the WPD areas.

• Have a Nissan EV with a battery capacity of at least 30kWh or more

• Have the vehicle until the end of the trial (March 2022)

• Have off-road parking

• Use the CrowdCharge mobile app to manage charging

• Be prepared to switch to a new energy tariff if required by their assigned project energy supplier

• Be prepared to have a new smart meter put in or updated.

For more information and to apply to join the project visit www.electricnation.org.uk

Further reading

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