Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH), one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives, recently hosted an electric vehicle (EV) advisory meeting with more than 60 of its members who are current EV owners to help the cooperative learn more about their experiences with the technology.
Following brief presentations from co-op representatives, including WH Holding’s Chief Operating Officer Wendy Youngren and WH’s Community Relations and Beneficial Electrification Director Annette Kuyper, members were split into small groups led by facilitators from WH, Great River Energy and the Great Plains Institute.
In those groups, members were asked to share what factors led them to purchase their EVs and home charging stations. They also had an opportunity to offer input on WH’s EV-related energy saving programs and educational opportunities for those who may be considering an EV for their next vehicle.
“As EVs become more popular, it’s important to WH that our programs support members’ charging needs,” Kuyper said. “The advisory meeting was both an opportunity to learn more from our members about their EV charging experience and also educate our members on the importance of managed charging. Our members were eager to provide valuable information that we can consider as we develop future EV initiatives.”
WH is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that provides power to rural Wright County and western Hennepin County.