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    Bill Meehan and Pat Hohl, Directors of Electric Utility Solutions at Esri, Debate the Role of Utilities, GIS in the EV Transformation on the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast

    September 15, 2022 - Energy Central


      The latest episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast features returning guests Bill Meehan and Pat Hohl, both Directors of Electric Utility Solutions at Esri, to debate what utility leaders should be doing today to prepare for the EV future of tomorrow, what are the best ways to integrate GIS tools into that process, and how exactly will the coming years play out? EVs bring the electric power sector and the transportation industry together like never before, and because the changes needed are so unprecedented, power leaders don't have a singular playbook to follow on how these coming years should play out.

      While thought leaders in the energy space agree that change is coming and utilities must prepare, the precise strategy for this transformation does not have a consensus. As these conversations play out, geographic information systems (GIS) and related tools will be critical, but the exact way to utilize these solutions sparks the debate that Bill and Pat embody on this latest episode:

      Pat Hohl: I make a habit of asking non-utility people about their view of electric cars and they see the disconnect between the push to electrified transportation and the lack of electricity. So I think clearly we have a lot of work to do. There are an awful lot of factors that enter into this discussion, but I think the role of utilities at this point is to make sense of the landscape and develop a good plan.

      Bill Meehan: So I kind of see it a little bit differently in that, it's not just about how utilities can meet the load. I think actually we've got to look more holistically around the whole decarbonization of transportation. Utilities are in a unique position. They are a regulated entity. That's kind of an interesting and a little out of the ordinary business model for industries today. So why not take the advantage of their position in the community as a regulated monopoly to kind of think differently, think about things in a kind of new way. We really have to think more globally about the whole transportation system, not just converting gas cars to electric, but thinking about how the relationship, the intersection of all of these transportation systems come together.

      This entry into the podcasts, 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 (where we also feature a written transcription if you'd prefer to read). Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.

      Episode #95: 'Debating Utilities' Role In Transportation Electrification' With Esri's Bill Meehan & Pat Hohl [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

      About Energy Central Podcast Series:

      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.

      If you want to be a guest on a future episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast, let us know! We'll be pulling guests from our community members who submit engaging content that gets our community talking, and perhaps that next guest will be you! Likewise, if you see an article submitted by a fellow Energy Central community member that you'd like to hear about in more detail, feel free to send us a note to nominate them. To contact us, email Podcast interviews are free for Expert Members and professionals who work for a utility. We have package offers available for solution providers and vendors.


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