Establishing an EV Charging Network at Southwest Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, with Chris Schoenherr - [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Interview]
Earlier this summer, the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency received an American Public Power Association Energy Innovator Award for working with its 18 municipally owned member utilities and ZEF Energy to establish an electric vehicle charging network in its members’ communities.
SMMPA and its members announced the network in 2019 as a way of helping Greater Minnesota make the transition to EVs. A few months later, when SMMPA announced its plan for transitioning into “SMMPA 2.0” by moving to 80% carbon-free generation in 2030, it highlighted the potential of beneficial electrification, citing the charging network.
Energy Central interviewed Chris Schoenherr, SMMPA’s Director of Agency and Government Relations and Chief External Affairs Officer, about the generation and transmission joint agency’s experience in deploying the network. The questions and answers have been edited for clarity and length.
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