The Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast's latest episode featured a dynamic conversation with Lauren Youngdahl Snyder of Consumers Energy in Michigan. Youngdahl Snyder is the utility's Vice President of Customer Experience, and among the many ways that she's guiding the power provider to transform the relationship with and offerings to the customer is an embrace of the electric vehicle (EV) future. Noting that Consumers Energy has a goal of being prepared to power one million EVs on the road by the end of the decade, Youngdahl Snyder highlights some of the most important efforts that the local utility must play in this pivotal moment in the transportation sector.
The passion and excitement for this shift, however, does not mean that the path from here to there is clear and straightforward, and some of the challenges that will come have likely not even yet been identified. But that doesn't stop Youngdahl Snyder from taking a leading role in bringing the utility and its customers into the EV future. But as Lauren noted in this interview:
I think if all 1 million vehicles showed up on the grid to date, yes, we would have a problem, but that's not reality and that wouldn't happen. And so we know that this will be a phased approach, and by learning and updating our models in real time, which is what we do as a business, we will be able to identify any potential hot spots and require upgrades so that we can be proactive and not be the bottleneck in this transition. That's another key thing, we will not be the constraint. And that's just exactly what the grid was built to do, forecast and respond to energy demand appropriately. And we did it. I like to always think back, air conditioning build out in the 60s and 70s, we did it then and we're ready to do it again with EVs. We're experts in this space of ensuring that we've got proper infrastructure ready to support our customers.
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Episode #76: 'Preparing for the EV Shift from a Utility Perspective' with Lauren Youngdahl Snyder, VP of Customer Experience at Consumers Energy [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
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