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Smart Siting and Energy Infrastructure Development: A Challenge to Decarbonization

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Senior Partner, Head East Coast Energy & Utilities West Monroe

Paul A. DeCotis is senior partner and east coast lead for West Monroe's Energy & Utilities practice, based in New York City. He leads the firm’s executive advisory and regulatory offerings...

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As the US seeks to decarbonize the transportation, buildings, and electricity generation sectors of the economy, consumers can expect to see significant increases in the development of DERs and energy storage projects and the related energy infrastructure necessary to deliver energy services to customers. This includes the siting of electric vehicle charging infrastructure for transportation electrification and consideration of a larger role for green hydrogen for transportation and building use and the infrastructure necessary to generate, transmit, and store electricity and hydrogen to end-uses.

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Matt Chester on Oct 15, 2021

Thanks for sharing, Paul-- have you seen any of these challenges be sufficiently overcome in manner in another nation that can/should be replicated in the United States? In a lot of ways, the U.S. market is unique-- but it seems like other nations tend to be ahead of us in solving challenges like these. 

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Paul A. DeCotis on Oct 16, 2021

Yes, Matt - we are seeing a number of countries and geos making great strides in this area. The US is a large and diverse country with strong regionally attuned political and cultural beliefs. Reaching consensus is key here. It can be done if we can identify and define a preferred future state and work collectively toward it like other countries have done. We have pockets of success in the US where public-private partnerships are prevalent and communities are involved in decision making.

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