Gemserv welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation and thank Energy UK for opening the debate on electric vehicle smart charging standards.
Our response draws heavily from the unique insights and energy market experience in our capacity as a central code governance body spanning over 15 years across electricity and gas. Our consultancy services work covers a wide range of energy policy and regulatory aspects, including: price controls, customer switching, smarter markets, assurance, information and cyber security. We are at the heart of the fundamental market reforms already underway and experience first-hand the challenges and the opportunities that arise across the entire energy sector.
In summary, our evidence highlights the following:
- We believe it will be key to find a balance between smart charging standards being too prescriptive and leaving room for innovation. We have taken learnings from our roles as administrator of the Smart Energy Code (SEC), operator of the Smart Metering Device Assurance (SMDA) scheme, the Alt HAN Company (Alternative Home Area Network Company) and the administrator of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). We would encourage flexibility to allow the industry to develop a range of electric vehicle charge point equipment to meet potential needs of customers in the future.
- We believe there is a need for clear use cases to be defined, before defining standards around communication, interoperability, monitoring, accessibility, controllability, safety and security. These use cases will help answer the question: what is the problem that the smart charging equipment standards are seeking to address? It should be considered what the functional requirements are that smart charging equipment will need to meet.
- In our view, interoperability and controllability (with or without DNO-operated managed charging) are the main challenges around developing smart charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. These challenges are not unique to the UK, therefore we have referenced examples from California and the Netherlands in our response, as we believe we can learn from their experiences. Specifically, we would suggest looking at California for learnings on the controllability challenge and looking at the Netherlands for ideas around interoperability.
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