On the latest episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast, Kevin Hernandez of ScottMadden made his second appearance on the show. Once again, Kevin was guiding the Energy Central audience through the ins and outs of utility electric vehicle (EV) programs and setting the stage for how and why power companies need to be preparing now for the EV future to come.
Understanding how a utility’s customers and service territory fits into the overall EV adoption curve can help alleviate the anxiety felt in utility board rooms regarding the pending tsunami of power load from EVs and instead put companies in control of their EV future. These utilities recognize the opportunity that EV programs can mean for their offerings to customers and the flexibility they have in operating the grid, though doing so will be no small feat. Kevin discusses what the roadmap to the EV future needs to be for utilities and how they can start planning for it today, even if those plans are starting at square one, such as noting:
We would definitely encourage and advocate utilities to look at their peers, for example, as what works and what doesn't work. And it's really important that EV programs be designed to fit the customer makeup and service toward his territory. But for instance, utility whose service territory is largely rural, may have a large portion of customers who live in a single family homes, maybe, or with off street parking. Those EV programs are going to look a lot different than those with more urban service territories with maybe higher numbers of customers living in multi-unit dwelling, such as apartment buildings and probably without off street parking.
So, there are a lot of great programs out there, and there's a lot of really interesting ideas to pull from. We encourage our clients to do that, to take part in industry groups, to coordinate with peers, get lessons, learned. Ultimately, however, in developing programs that are accomplished each individual utility's' goals, we want those utilities to pull from those examples, but tailor those to the customer makeup and to the service territory that is their own.
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Episode #72 'Keys to Developing Successful Utility EV Programs' with Kevin Hernandez, Partner at ScottMadden [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
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