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Management Matters: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Utility Management Group – September 1, 2022

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Welcome to the Utility Management Group roundup, Management Matters. As always, your fellow group members are paying close attention to utility management trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about how EVs will affect electric utilities, why utilities should support public EV charging, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!

 


How Will EVs Affect Electric Utilities?

John Harney

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/iu/how-will-evs-affect-electric-utilities

The EV market is growing and electric utilities in the U.S. must make changes to play their part. In this article, new Energy Central member John Harney, President at SaaSWatch points out that utilities can provide the needed electricity to new EV drivers and should step up to do so by engaging in digital transformation an adopting new technologies such as AI and 5G. This item is part of Energy Central’s Electrification of Transportation special issue.

 


The Business Case for Utilities Supporting Public EV Charging

Benoit Marcoux

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/iu/business-case-utilities-supporting

In this post, Benoit Marcoux, an executive advisor in private practice, along with coauthor Simon Ouellette, suggests that utilities and their customers have much to gain in supporting public EV charging. Utilities benefit from increased electricity use and greater customer engagement, while customers benefit from price reductions and new services. And both benefit from a cleaner planet. This item is part of Energy Central’s Electrification of Transportation special issue.

 


New ‘Hunger Winter’ Looms as Europe Prepares to Shiver

Llewellyn King

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/um/new-%E2%80%98hunger-winter%E2%80%99-looms-europe-prepares-shiver-6

The European winter of 1944-45 is known as the Hunger Winter due to lack of fuel. In this piece, Llewellyn King, Executive Producer and Host at White House Media, LLC suggests that the winter of 2022-23 might be just as bad, due to rising food prices and more fuel shortages happening as a result of the war in Ukraine. He notes that leaders across the region are already struggling to figure out how they will help people survive the likely trouble to come.  

 


NC’s Carbon Plan Submitted by IOU Misses the Mark

Diane Cherry

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/um/ncs-carbon-plan-submitted-iou-misses-mark

In response to a state requirement to develop a Carbon Plan this year, Duke Energy has filed a proposed plan with the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Here, Diane Cherry, Principal at Diane Cherry Consulting, LLC suggests that, while this plan includes many positive aspects, in some ways it also misses the mark. Specifically, the plan reflects inconsistencies, imposes an arbitrary cap on initial solar interconnection, relies too heavily on undeveloped technologies, and doesn’t adequately use existing ones.

 


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