This summer, DTE was named Electrification Power Player of the Year by Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) for its Bring Your Own Charger® (BYOC) program. As SEPA explains, “This award recognizes organizations, project teams and/or individuals who have demonstrated unique innovation and leadership in efforts to advance electrification in the electric utility domain, especially vehicle-grid-integration (VGI) or building electrification efforts.”
The BYOC program incentivizes enrolled EV owners to charge their vehicles during off-peak hours. DTE Energy launched the Bring Your Own Charger® (BYOC) program to expand program options and reach as many EV drivers as possible while ensuring that program costs are low. As DTE’s program partner, Sagewell utilizes DTE’s advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) data to monitor customer charging behavior, identify unknown EVs in the residential meter base, and ensure EV load occurs off-peak.
BYOC lowers barriers to program participation. Because BYOC works with any make or model of vehicle or home charging equipment, and because it requires no load control hardware or separate meter, any EV driver with a Level 2 charger is eligible to enroll. EV drivers use their EV’s onboard charging timer to schedule their EV to charge overnight, take a photo of the schedule, and complete a 10-minute application. In exchange for charging off-peak, drivers receive an incentive worth 2,100 miles of free driving each year.
From program launch in mid-July 2020 through the end of March 2021, enrolled drivers have accumulated over 65,000 hours of charging with more than 90% of charging occurring during off-peak hours.
For more information about BYOC, visit https://www.bringyourowncharger.com/dte. Sagewell also operates the BYOC program for Consumers Energy, JEA, and many other utilities throughout the country.
About DTE Energy
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric company serving 2.2 million customers in Southeast Michigan and a natural gas company serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE portfolio includes energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects; renewable natural gas; natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage; and energy marketing and trading. As an environmental leader, DTE utility operations will reduce carbon dioxide and methane emissions by more than 80 percent by 2040 to produce cleaner energy while keeping it safe, reliable and affordable. DTE Electric aspires to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. DTE is committed to serving with its energy through volunteerism, education and employment initiatives, philanthropy and economic progress. Information about DTE is available at dteenergy.com, empoweringmichigan.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com.
About Sagewell, Inc.
DTE Energy's partner, Sagewell, Inc., has provided energy data analytics, demand side programs and consulting services to utilities for more than ten years. Sagewell's SageSightSM AMI meter data analytics software can quickly analyze data from tens of millions of meters and enables utilities to capitalize on their vast quantities of data and create innovative customer solutions. Sagewell’s Bring Your Own Charger® (BYOC) program was recognized as an American Public Power Association Energy Innovator award winner in 2018. Bring Your Own Charger® is a registered trademark of Sagewell, Inc.