Ross De Rango

Ross De Rango

Head of Energy & Infrastructure
Electric Vehicle Council
Victoria

Ross is a robotics engineer by background and has spent the last seven years getting involved wherever the standards, codes and regulations relating to the electrical infrastructure supporting EVs in Australia are being considered.  He has been closely involved in the development of minimum requirements for buildings in Australia in relation to EV readiness and in work preparing the energy system for the wide scale adoption of EVs.  Ross and his wife own a Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in hybrid and a pure electric Polestar, and live in Melbourne.

Speaker agenda

3:10 pm
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The forward look for EV: Grid impact, Public charging infrastructure, and V2G

Distributed Energy Resources
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As EV uptake scales and displaces petrol and diesel consumption, demand for electrical energy will rise – so, we’ll definitely need more generation.  The timing of *when* this energy is consumed is going to be a key determinant in the degree to which we need to augment our distribution networks.  Sensible retail tariffs, and consumer education, can go a long way towards minimising the load presented by EVs at peak time.  We’ll showcase the things that have worked really well over East in this regard.

Public charging infrastructure has been rolled out at serious scale in WA in the last two years.  Multiple projects have been run, backed by the WA state government – in particular, the WA EV network, being delivered by Synergy and Horizon Power, to cover the South West and the route from Eucla all the way around to Kununarra.  We’re about 1% of the way through the EV transition, so there’s plenty more to do – we’ll talk about next steps, and what’s going to be needed as we go after the next 99%.

V2G holds incredible potential for the energy system.  We’ll talk about the possible scale of it, and what will be needed to unlock that potential.

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