RW Roundtable: Role of Utilities in EV Charging

Distribution companies (discoms) hold a critical position in the entire electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery swapping value chain. In India, discom-led programmes and plans and discom cooperation are important for the viable development of EV charging stations and provision of services. An integrated utility can offer a wider scope of services to the EV owner and, in turn, optimise its own distribution infrastructure with the proper integration of renewable energy, conventional generation, EV charging stations, energy storage solutions and adequate software.

As the role of utilities is critical in the growth of the EV market, Renewable Watch is organising a free virtual webinar to provide an understanding of the opportunities and challenges that face the utilities and the stakeholders that will work with them.

We hope that this webinar will provide a platform for a useful exchange of information and ideas on the strategies that can be adopted by utilities to drive the adoption of EV charging stations in India. The webinar is targeted at utilities, EVSE providers, charging point operators, vehicle OEMs, battery manufacturers, consultancies and research organisations, financial institutions, and other experts.

The panel will discuss questions such as:

  • What is the likely impact of EVs on the base and peak energy demand? What are the plans of utilities to manage this additional power demand? What are the network upgradation plans?
  • Are utilities across states able to modernise and diversify their business operations to provide efficient EV charging facilities to the customers? Which utilities have been the frontrunners in this space?
  • Is it commercially viable for utilities to provide EV charging facilities? What can be done to incentivise utilities to invest in the EV charging infrastructure space?
  • What are the key issues and challenges for utilities in this space? How can all these woes be mitigated?

Organiser

The webinar is being organised by Renewable Watch magazine, which covers the entire spectrum of clean energy – wind, solar, bioenergy, green hydrogen, storage, small-hydro, EV charging and other emerging technologies. It aims to provide accurate information to track investments and projects, showcase innovations and technologies, and offer a platform for debate and discussion on policy, regulation and financing.

For registration, please e-mail:
Kasvi Singh
E-mail: kasvi.singh@indiainfrastructure.com

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