IN CONVERSATION WITH BSES SPOKESPERSON

COULD YOU PLEASE BRIEF US ON BSES’ ROLE IN THE EV SECTOR?

BSES is committed towards green and sustainable initiatives which are beneficial to our customers and the society as a whole. Promoting E-Mobility, a key to attain climate action goals, is one such endeavour. We are engaging with key stakeholders to evolve strategies and framework to create an ecosystem for promotion of E-mobility.

We were one of the first utilities in India who had installed charging stations way back in 2010 for REVA electric cars. Building on these early steps, BSES is gearing-up to play a major role in network up gradation, granting technical feasibility and grid connectivity to promote the EV sector.

Among other aspects, we are carrying out several activities including tie-ups with prestigious companies and institutions to conduct studies on e-vehicle charging stations and their impact on the electrical network. Besides helping us to plan better, these studies will also benefit the industry as a whole. We are also planning empanelment of OEM’s for setting up charging stations in our area. The following are the various parameters that will be looked at:

  • Installing EV chargers: Identification of the locations, along with the entire paraphernalia (like type of electric metering and wiring required) in the parking areas and determine, if the existing supply and infrastructure is adequate or if an upgrade is needed and act accordingly.
  • Technical Feasibility: Most importantly, EV charging stations that will be deployed will have all the requisite charging equipment compliant to the OCPP protocol and adhere to the grid interoperability standards. BSES has been actively working with MOP and CEA for evolving EV charging technical standards and imperatives for Discom from the EV charging network point of view.
  • Grid Connectivity: We have a pre-defined checklist for EV charging that takes care of the safety of the electrical installations, wiring at the consumer’s premises, harmonics dumping, voltage at the point of supply, load sanctioning, service line development (SLD) and open charge Point Protocol (OCPP) compliance.

SINCE BSES HAS RECENTLY ENTERED INTO A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH EESL FOR EV CHARGING STATIONS IN SOUTH AND WEST DELHI. COULD YOU PLEASE GIVE US SOME INSIGHTS OF THIS PARTNERSHIP? OUR READERS ARE EAGER TO KNOW ABOUT ITS PROGRESS.

We are looking at various options, including looking at procuring vehicles for internal fleet from EESL.

HOW WILL THIS PARTNERSHIP BENEFIT THE CITY AND THE EV SECTOR AS A WHOLE?

We are exploring several options on this front, including routing our demand for setting up EV charging stations through EESL. Additionally, we have also partnered with EESL to explore the feasibility of replacing around 10,000 inefficient agricultural pumps with solar pumps. This will lead to energy savings of upto 120 million units over 3 years. To start with, around 200 pumps will be targeted on a pilot basis.

WHAT ARE THE OTHER PROJECTS THAT BSES IS WORKING ON IN EV SECTOR? ARE YOU PLANNING TO BRING UP SUCH PROJECTS IN OTHER CITIES AS WELL?

BSES is accessing several opportunities to host electric vehicle charging stations across our licensed area in coordination with various agencies willing to invest / co-invest and co-brand. We are also looking towards land owning agencies (like SDMC, DMRC, DUSIC , Indian Railway etc.), for setting up charging stations, besides setting up our own on a pilot basis for captive use. BSES is actively partnering with GOI initiatives to set up public charging stations in Delhi.

As mentioned earlier, we are looking at various options in our licensed area. However, we may also explore consultancy assignments once we have proven our case for sustainable deployment of high EV penetration in the National Capital.

WHAT ARE THE POLICIES THAT SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED BY GOVERNMENT FOR FURTHER UPLIFTMENT OF THE SECTOR?

Land allocation has been one of the biggest bottlenecks. A directive from the state and central governments to the land owning agencies for making requisite provisions for allocation of mandatory space will be crucial for enabling the EV ecosystem. A clarification on the applicability of various statutory clearances will also help in a big way.

Unlike petrol / diesel pumps, the EV charging stations are expected to be more widespread across public places due to availability of electricity supply. A clear policy on the land use for setting up of the charging connections/ stations (comprising of multiple chargers, depending upon availability of space and need) is required.

The power distribution utilities will play a vital role in setting up of the charging infrastructure, provided the same is suitably funded through the Government schemes or allowed in the ARR by the regulatory commissions. The utilities can facilitate setting up of charging stations in public spaces, office place, apartments / societies etc, while empanelling the OEMs of charging equipment and the charging network operators, who shall provide seamless unmanned charging experience, unlike the present petrol and diesel stations. This model is already in use in several parts of the globe including California and Europe. The queues seen on CNG stations will be a thing of the past with proper planning for widespread EV charging connections.

Moreover, the regulatory commissions should consider allowing the power distribution utilities to undertake network readiness for carrying out a phase wise EV charging network, as also the necessary CAPEX plan to upgrade the infrastructure.

Moreover, the Discoms would also run Demand Response programs with the EV chargers / connections with suitable price signals and control of the EV charging stations through a Central Monitoring System.

Moreover, a comprehensive and timely joint planning by various stakeholders, including consumer and the discoms by installing extra capacity for future charging units can save on the recurring costs of network up-gradation.

The promotion of EVs may be suitably linked with GOI’s international commitments / goals towards GHG reduction and suitable credits to be given to the hosts of such EV charging stations, apart from the rebates on EV charging equipment. Besides, the Discoms may also be given suitable credit for their contribution in reducing the GHG emissions (national goals) in line with RPOs.

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