Truck stops have incorporated a number of side businesses to keep up with the changing needs of customers – gaming, branded restaurants, and crude-oil hauling to name a few.
But generating electricity hasn’t even been on the radar.
Now, as the prospects for electric trucks shift from concept to reality, Neil Chatterjee believes electricity generation could be the next big thing.
As Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission – the top regulator of the nation’s power grid – Chatterjee said the need for a stable electricity infrastructure to support the trucking industry is analogous to a trend occurring among the world’s technology platforms.
“If you look at the big energy users – Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) – they’re moving beyond the traditional model where they’re just energy consumers, they’re actually impacting energy markets because their data centers consume so much power,” said Chatterjee, speaking with FreightWaves on February 12 after a NATSO board meeting at the fuel retailer group’s annual conference in Orlando…
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