Electric Vehicles

Shift 2.0

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The rapid uptake of LCTs means there will be increased demand in certain parts of the network as well as challenges like secondary peaks and herding behaviour, when lots of customers use power at the same time. Shift 2.0 is exploring the potential for dynamic and locational pricing to address these challenges, and how they can complement flexibility procurement.

What is the project about?

Shift 2.0 will:

  • Understand the scale and timing of secondary peaks and herding behaviour
  • Investigate the potential for locational and dynamic price signals (both time of use and capacity-based price signals)
  • Understand the regulatory, commercial, and technical barriers that need to be addressed in the design of mechanisms and/or price signals and the enablers, roles, business models and data flows to make dynamic/locational pricing a viable mechanism
  • Further stimulate the development/evolution of market-led customer propositions and business

How we’re doing it

The project will first look to understand the change in demand profiles for different customer types over the coming years. It will determine when, and the extent to which, the assumptions currently underpinning reinforcement projections break down. It will then look to design, assess and trial potential measures to mitigate the impact of this need for additional reinforcement.

Phase 1 will deliver:

  •  Initial analysis of changing load profiles and their interaction with price profiles
  • Scenario development and data collection
  • Modelling and CBA
  • Options for trial

Phase 2 will deliver:

  • Commercial design of products to be trialled
  • Trial design

Phase 3 will deliver:

  • Partner mobilisation and trial participant recruitment
  • Trial delivery and data collection

Phase 4 will deliver:

  • Trial analysis and reporting
  • Dissemination of trial findings
  • Implementation plan for successful product

What makes it innovative

Previous projects have looked at smart charging and flexibility services (including the precursor to this project, Shift). Shift 2.0 will be the first project to look specifically at secondary peaks, herding and the potential for implicit flexibility (i.e. delivered by DNO price signals rather than procured flexibility services).

What we’re learning

The project will deliver learnings on:

  • The network impact of changing load profiles and their interaction with changing wholesale price profiles
  • The potential mitigation options for this using implicit and explicit flexibility options
  • Understanding of customer views on different products that could be implemented, gathered through engagement
  • Trial results of these options and implementation plans if they are successful
  • Distributional impacts of these options, and how to ensure vulnerable customers are protected and/or benefit from them
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