California is keen on V2G!

Take a look at this recording of California Governor Gavin Newsom‘s closing remarks at the Climate Week NYC plenary session earlier this week:

By all means watch the whole thing, but make sure not to miss the part at 4:20 where Gavin says that:

We talk about grids and reliability? Give me a break!

The opportunity now with electric vehicles, and the vehicle-to-grid technology, and the bi-directional opportunity of two way charging creates opportunities for million and millions of batteries on wheels.

Then up on your home, in your phone, selling back electricity to the grid. Taking money not out of your pocket, but putting it now in your pocket.

Low carbon green growth!

In other recent news from the Golden State, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands met with Gavin’s wife Jennifer:

California launched a new partnership Tuesday in its global fight to cut carbon pollution, embrace the zero-emission transportation future and accelerate efforts to build a circular economy.

At Salesforce Park in San Francisco, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom joined by Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, announced a new partnership to advance climate action.

California and the Netherlands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining several areas of collaboration, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, transitioning to a circular economy, embracing zero-emission vehicles, building climate resilience, and prioritizing and supporting equity.

“When it comes to climate action, California punches above our weight. We’re working with countries around the world to cut pollution and usher in a new era of zero-emission vehicles. California and the Netherlands are proud to stand side by side in our collective efforts to advance bold climate policies and protect communities from Alameda to Amsterdam,” said Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis.

The relevance of this news may not be immediately apparent, but now let’s take a look at some of the small print in section 2 of the MoU itself:

The Participants intend to further the objectives set forth in Section I through initiatives focused particularly on, but not limited to, the following areas of cooperation…

(b) Sharing technical information and promoting best practices to transition transportation and freight to zero emission, including through renewable energy, low-carbon fuels, and ZEVs, which includes both electric battery and hydrogen-powered vehicles, active mobility, and vehicle automation. In particular, both Parties will engage in dialogue related to EV batteries, EV charging, interoperability, vehicle-grid integration, charging cybersecurity, and workforce training infrastructure.

There’s more on VGI in Addendum A:

The Participants share the following common objectives:

a) To promote interoperability among electric vehicles, charging equipment, and charging networks to support customer choice, customer convenience, innovation, and scalability.

b) To promote vehicle-grid integration, including but not limited to managed charging, vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-home, and vehicle-to-building to support power system reliability, grid decarbonization, resiliency, and cost control.

c) To promote a common understanding of charging cybersecurity to support secure charging authentication, payment, and grid interaction…

As Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands put it at the MoU signing:

California and the Netherlands share high ambitions on climate, working closely together for over 10 years as frontrunners. Recent years have demonstrated that we are increasingly being faced with global crises. Only by working together can we overcome these challenges effectively.

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