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Call for Articles - Electrification of Transportation & Its Impact on Utilities - [Energy Central Special Issue Series]

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This item is part of the Special Issue - 2022-08 - Electrification of Transportation, click here for more

After years of steady growth in the electric vehicle (EV) space and more stakeholders in the auto space going all in on the electrification of transportation, the coming decade is poised to become a true pivot point in the EV revolution. Changing our transportation systems to be guided by where, when, and how we charge our cars rather than filling them up with gasoline requires a rethinking of the relevant infrastructure, expectations, and more. Rapidly, though, what's becoming clear is that the utility industry will need to adapt rapidly and on a vast scale, arguably more so than any single change in the power sector since its inception. 

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From concerns about how to provide power and transmission needed for the added load to the unique energy demand profiles that will be created across residential and commercial utility ratepayers to what it means for the makeup, operation, and maintenance of grid infrastructure, utilities are going to be more involved in everyday transportation than ever before. EVs will no doubt create a new-look utility sector, and the smart power providers are preparing for this reality today, even if present-day penetration of EVs in their service areas is still limited. 

To help foster these critical and forward-looking conversations, the Energy Central team is looking to focus our August Special Issue on "Electrification of Transportation & Its Impact on Utilities." 

And for this issue, we want to hear from you! We are seeking stories, white papers, and case studies from our community for this Special Issue Edition. We are especially looking for insights on the following topics: EVs, Load Management, Infrastructure Support, Regulatory, Customer Collaboration and Communication. 

Our Special Issues present a unique opportunity for you to share your experiences with peers in the industry and perhaps even help kickstart conversations that help you and others uncover new potential solutions and opportunities to areas of utility energy efficiency that you may be overlooking. 

Below are a few topic prompt ideas to get you started:

  • What unexpected hurdles have your utility had to deal with as homes and businesses sought to install EV chargers? 
  • What questions are customers coming to you with regards to their current or future EV purchases? 
  • What teams are being created within your business operations to handle the upcoming EV influx? 
  • How is the electrification of transportation impacting how you plan out your generation mix and T&D plans? 
  • What new opportunities are you looking to take advantage of that were previously not possible but EVs bring to the table?

With your submission to the August 2022 Special Issue on 'Electrification of Transportation & Its Impact on Utilities,' we invite you to consider the list of topics and topic prompt above and participate in the group knowledge sharing and brainstorming process only available via the Energy Central Community. 

How you can Participate: 

For Professionals who work for a Utility, IPP, RTO, or Government Agency

We're inviting submissions from experts and leaders with expertise in our Special Issue topic. This is an opportunity to share your hands-on experiences, lessons learned, and perhaps your predictions for the coming years with your fellow community members.

*Submission is free for professionals who work for utilities, IPPs, RTOs, or government agencies. See below for details on how to submit an article and for deadlines. 

Invitation for Solution Providers and Industry Vendors to Get Involved:

This Special Issue is a great way to share your insights and message with the power industry. To learn how you can contribute an article or become an official content sponsor of this Special Issue, please get in touch with a client representative at sales@energycentral.com or Download our Product Guide now for more information. 

Instructions for Participation:

Send your submissions to community@energycentral.com with the subject 'ElectrificationIf you need feedback on your submission idea, feel free to send questions or even an abstract to the same email address. We are looking for more in-depth articles on this subject (5-10 paragraphs)- a little more than what you would typically share as part of a community blog post.  

  • Abstract due date (optional): August 5, 2022
  • Final submissions due date:  August 15, 2022
  • Issue deployment date: August 25, 2022

To learn more about our Special Issue Article Guidelines and Review Processfollow this link.

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