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ComEd Wants To Know Where You’re Charging Your Car

Electric Utility companies want to know where motorists are charging their electric cars—which could mean permit requirements for some chargers or smart-grid applications that alert utilities when a car is being charged.

“You add one of those 240-volt charging stations to one of our transformers and it’s okay. You add another one—we’re getting close. A third one and I’ve got a problem,” said Mike McMahan, ComEd’s vice president for smart grid and technology.

“So we just want to make sure there’s enough capacity. That’s why we want to know where that charging station is.”

An executive from another utility, Ameren Illinois, agreed with McMahan Monday at a panel on electric vehicles at the Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

“It’s like the air conditioners in the 70s,” said Michael Abba, Ameren’s manager for smart-grid integration. “It’s another load. We want to know about it.”
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