California needs to charge electric vehicles during day, not night, to save grid, study says
California can save the state’s huge electrical grid by switching to night charging, according to a new study.
Electric cars and charging stations are expected to replace a lot of coal power plants as well as other non-renewable energy sources by 2025, according to the report by the California Energy Commission.
The energy commission estimates that the state’s electricity demand will increase by 25 percent, and that there will be a significant decrease in energy waste and electricity generated.
Electric cars are becoming more affordable as more and more Californians buy them, with battery-powered cars selling for under $15,000.
The study was funded by the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission, along with the California Solar Energy Industries Association, which represents solar energy firms. The report was released at the conference “California’s Electric Automobile Future: Implications for Electric Utilities,” held by Public Broadcasting.
The report, from the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board, looked at the state’s electric grid and looked at how the grid could become more efficient with more and more electric vehicles on it.
According to the study, the biggest power problem is not the generation of electricity, but the transmission of electricity. Using the latest generation technology, the electric vehicles aren’t just taking over the electricity grid, but they’re taking over the grid from the generation that used to run on coal and then other non-carbon technologies.
The problem, the study argues, is that the electric grid doesn’t have its head around that change in the system, which has to do with the growing importance of electric vehicles and what it means for the power grid.
The study estimates that by 2025, the electric vehicle will account for roughly 20 percent of all transportation in the state.
The state may not be able to manage that demand and the way gas-powered generators operate today, the study argues, because the grid is not designed for the changing needs of electric vehicles and the way that they can work with the grid.
The study calls for the state to take these changes into account in its electric grid planning, with the expectation that electric vehicles will soon play a decisive role in state energy policy.
The study also suggests that the state is losing a