Wisconsin Limits Solar EV Chargers to EVs – There are two new Wisconsin bills focused on solar electric car chargers that were approved by the Wisconsin Congress. AB 588 and SB 573 would like to emphasize that the sale of electric kilowatt hours to electric vehicles is not under the control of electric vehicle charging station owners under utility regulations. Currently, electric cars cost per minute, not kilowatt hours. However, the bill has been amended with some worrying provisions, as SolarPowerWorldOnline notes.
The prerequisite is that all electricity sold through electric car chargers must come from local equipment. Electric car chargers that receive electricity from rooftop solar systems or additional public solar panels are prohibited if they are charged.
Wisconsin Limits Solar EV Chargers to EVs
For example, if the Tesla Supercharger uses solar power and the Megapack to generate electricity for the charging station, Tesla will not be able to sell Supercharger services to its customers per kilowatt-hour.
The bill further states that no city, town, district, village, district, school, or government agency is authorized to operate, manage or lease public transportation facilities. However, city councils are allowed to allow places or private entities to do so on their own property.
On February 2, the Senate Equipment, Technology, and Communications Committee held a public hearing on SB 537, and the Congressional Energy and Utilities Committee set an executive session to vote on AB 588 for February 3. Currently, we do not know the election results. However, RENEW Wisconsin testified on the bill. The group supports the first goal of the bill – to allow relevant non-utility entities to sell electricity to electric vehicles without violating government utility laws.
Currently, charging stations that are not useful for electric vehicles are charged per minute rather than the amount of power transmitted. This causes owners of slow charging vehicles to consume more energy than owners of fast charging vehicles. He went on to note that the bill would address one problem but create innovations that severely limit the use of solar chargers as well as storage in Wisconsin.
In his testimony, RENEW noted that this is a new technology that could make electric charging stations more practical and affordable in areas of the state where domestic utility infrastructure is inadequate. In some cases, utilities find upgrade costs too high and prefer to keep energy costs low. This certification lists the benefits of a solar powered EV charger in addition to the following loads:
Facilitate the use of electric car chargers in rural areas. The use of electric car chargers is allowed if the power infrastructure is insufficient. Rural areas such as state parks, tourist areas and small towns with low-capacity grid infrastructure can accommodate other non-electric car chargers.
• Reducing infrastructure costs. If there is insufficient power capacity somewhere, sometimes a solar storage system can cost less than installing the grid and infrastructure.
Reduces the cost of increasing demand immediately. Some companies looking to host chargers face the risk of a short-term increase in energy demand, which could lead to a sharp increase in demand for electricity bills. Solar + storage facilities can address this problem while reducing the need to create high-cost demand on the grid by saving taxpayers’ money. EnTech installed such a system at Bergstrom Ford in Neenah after John Bergstrom discovered after plugging in some of his new electric vehicles that “they billed three times as much electricity as usual.”
Increase flexibility and security. When the power grid is cut off for any reason, EV solar panels can become an important power source not only for ambulances and first responders turning to electric vehicles, but also for the general public. .
You can read the full testimonial here.
In December, Joseph Daniel contributed as a special guest to CleanTechnica, entitled “The Magical Math of Supplemental Solar Storage.” In this post, he explains the benefits of solar energy as well as storage from a mathematical point of view. This is a good read.