The latest episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast brings not one, but two expert guests from Burbank Water and Power to the podcast booth to discuss all the considerations the utility is thinking about today and for the coming years as the electric vehicle market appears to be at its pivot point.
In this lively conversation, host Jason Price of West Monroe and producer Matt Chester (also Energy Central’s Community Manager) dive into what Lincoln and Joe mean when they say the relationship between transportation and electric power generation will soon resemble a marriage, bringing these once tangential sectors into a more intertwined and interdependent state than ever before. As EVs grow in market presence, this episode’s guests find that the separation of utility and transportation is waning, and they bring the community-owned utility perspective of that evolution to the table.
Lincoln Bleveans (Assistant General Manager of Power Supply) and Joe Flores (Marketing Manager) of Burbank Water and Power have spent much time analyzing the electrification of transportation and what the implications are to the utility. Being able to plan for the growth in demand load from EVs is atop the mind of utility executives, but Lincoln and Joe are also eager to see how the availability of EVs as sustainable and flexible assets can transform how utility managers look at patterns on the grid and the opportunity for true strategic transformation.
As Joe notes during the course of this conversation:
“Utilities have accepted that they have a critical role in [the transportation] electrification future. We're going to have new technology that is going to help us create that new way of serving the load, in addition to just putting in bigger wires and bigger transormers. I really think that we're going to be in tune with the consumer and new products are going to come out in the areas of technology that are really going to help us leverage what we have and build smarter in the future.”
Lincoln and Joe are truly a dynamic duo and their conversation with the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast will surely leave the listener just as excited about the utility/transportation marriage as they are.
This entry into the podcast, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform. Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.
Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast Episode #28: 'The Swirling Romance of Utilities and EVs’ with Lincoln Bleveans and Joe Flores of Burbank Water and Power
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The 'Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast' Series features conversations with thought leaders in the utility sector. At least twice monthly, we'll connect with a Power Industry Leader to discuss compelling topics that impact utility professionals. Some podcasts may be a continuation of thought-provoking posts or discussions started in the community by an Energy Central Community Member. Others may be with an industry leader interested in sharing their expertise and doing a deeper dive into hot topics or issues relevant to the industry.
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