Capital Electric embraces electric vehicles with pilot charging program

The Lignite Energy Council is proud to announce another episode of their new podcast titled “Mined: Lignite Energy in America.”

Each week, host Kate Muggerud interviews leaders within the energy industry on a variety of topics. Kate – a North Dakota native — began the podcast to explore and learn more about the energy field and emerging markets in her home state. Her goal is to connect with others who have the same interest and wish to become more knowledgeable about energy and emerging technologies. 

Josh Schaffner

On this week’s episode, Kate interviews Josh Schaffner, energy services manager of Capital Electric Power Cooperative out of Bismarck, North Dakota. Josh talks about trends in the electric utility business and how Capital Electric has entered the world of electric vehicles. He says Capital Electric is working to make charging electric cars something that benefits the cooperative and its member/owners.

Capital Electric has about 20,000 electric accounts and looks at electric vehicles as a way to help balance the loads – thus minimizing the peaks and valleys. The cooperative has developed a pilot charging program, which aims to benefit the owners of electric vehicles and their electric supplier.  

Mined: Lignite Energy in America is sponsored and produced by the Lignite Energy Council, a trade association representing the power plants, mines and the Great Plains Synfuels Plant in North Dakota along with more than 300 companies that provide goods and services to the lignite industry.

Here is the link to the Podcast on the LEC Website –