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Preparing the Utility Sector for EVs: ScottMadden's Kevin Hernandez Shares Critical Advice with the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast


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    This week on the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast, guest Kevin Hernandez, Paterner of Grid Edge Community of Practice at ScottMadden, shared what he's seeing as trends in the electric vehicle space as the utility stakeholders continue to brace for the massive changes that will be necessary. Representing one of the greatest additional loads the power sector has ever experienced, the electrification of transportation represents a key opportunity for utility stakeholders, but only for those who are forward-looking in their planning.

    In this action-packed episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast, Kevin shares with host Jason Price and producer Matt Chester all the critical insights from his experience amid this transition. Rather than wait for the EV changes to come to them, he recommends utilities take a more proactive approach:

    Utilities really do have a big role to play. And the advantage of them getting in early, if utilities taking really early steps in doing this, is that they can get out in front of this and, rather wait for an uneducated or a customer who may not be familiar with the way the electric industry works, to come to the utility and say, "I need X amount of load," they can actually go out proactively and say, "Hey, let's work on this together. Let's figure out together exactly what kind of load you might need, and then we can talk about how much it would cost and how long it will take you to do that." And then, that creates a dynamic where the customer and the utility can have conversations and say, "Well, what if we do this different? And what if we build this different? What if we select this type of charging, or move charging in a way that manages those grid impacts, that speeds up interconnection, it lowers the cost, and lowers the number of upgrades that might be necessary," which is in the best interest in the fleets. It lowers their costs, obviously, but also it lowers their cost for utility's customers who are going to bear some part of that infrastructure cost as well.

    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.

    Special Edition: Preparing Utilities for the EV Revolution with Kevin Hernandez of ScottMadden [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

    About Energy Central Podcast Series:

    The ‘Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast’ features conversations with thought leaders in the utility sector. At least twice monthly, we connect with an Energy Central Power Industry Network community member to discuss compelling topics that impact professionals who work in the power industry. Some podcasts may be a continuation of thought-provoking posts or discussions started in the community or with an industry leader that is interested in sharing their expertise and doing a deeper dive into hot topics or issues relevant to the industry.

    The ‘Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast’ is the premiere podcast series from Energy Central, a Power Industry Network of Communities built specifically for professionals in the electric power industry and a place where professionals can share, learn, and connect in a collaborative environment. Supported by leading industry organizations, our mission is to help global power industry professionals work better. Since 1995, we’ve been a trusted news and information source for professionals working in the power industry, and today our managed communities are a place for lively discussions, debates, and analysis to take place. If you’re not yet a member, visit www.EnergyCentral.com to register for free and join over 200,000 of your peers working in the power industry.

    The Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast is hosted by Jason Price, Community Ambassador of Energy Central. Jason is a Business Development Executive at West Monroe, working in the East Coast Energy and Utilities Group. Jason is joined in the podcast booth by the producer of the podcast, Matt Chester, who is also the Community Manager of Energy Central and energy analyst/independent consultant in energy policy, markets, and technology.

    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 community@energycentral.com. 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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