Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is seeking a technology partner to collaborate in implementing an electric vehicle solution. If interested, please submit your organization’s technology solution by responding to REC’s Request for Information and respond by September 30, 2020.
Request for Information- EV Technology Solution for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
1. Project Information/Statement of Need — REC seeks a partner to measure time-stamped kilowatt hours consumed by residential Level 2 electric vehicle chargers, using a technology other than a second utility meter. The chosen solution will be implemented initially as a pilot in 2021 for up to 200 residential EV owners in REC territory. The chosen solution will be available to all types of EVs using a residential Level 2 charger. It should not require a member to have internet access nor to purchase a specific type of electric vehicle charger to participate.
2. REC Company Background — REC is a member-owned utility that provides electric service to nearly 170,000 connections in portions of 22 Virginia counties. REC operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The Cooperative serves a variety of residential, commercial and industrial accounts. REC’s Customer Information System and Meter Data Management System is provided by National Information Systems Cooperative (NISC).
3. Partner Qualifications — The preferred technology partner will have experience working directly with electric utilities. Preference given to vendors with working partnership with NISC.
4. Information requested — Please provide the following detail on your solution:
a. Describe the company, relevant experience with electric vehicles and provide an executive summary of the proposed solution
b. Is your company primarily a software provider, hardware provider, or both? What level of expertise or qualifications does your company hold to install any necessary hardware?
Proposed Solution Requirements
c. Does the data provided by your solution equivalent to revenue-grade metering or does it rely on estimated usage or artificial intelligence/meter disaggregation?
d. What level of usage data would your solution provide to REC (i.e. actual EV charging data or merely if a car were charging?)
e. How often would data be uploaded/downloaded to REC?
f. Does your solution require metering usage data from REC non-EV households?
g. Are additional third parties, such as a data logger, DERMS provider or EVSE company required for your company solution?
h. What information, software solution, or hardware is required to integrate the solution into REC’s existing business systems?
i. What metering data (such as 15 minute or 60 minute) would REC need to provide?
j. Does your solution require a member to purchase a specific type of hardware?
k. Does your solution require an EV participant to download a smartphone app?
l. Which electric vehicles work with your solution? What types of electric vehicle chargers work with your solution?
m. Are there any other details about your solution that hasn’t been addressed in the previous responses?
5. Deadline for response — Responses to this RFI should be submitted no later than September 30, 2020 to evRFI@Myrec.coop