Arshad Mansoor is CEO of the Electric Power Research Institute.
Dentons partnered with the Keystone Policy Center in early December to hold its Smart Cities and Connected Communities Think Tank with Keystone's Key Conversations. The virtual gathering was held to sort through recent developments with ramifications for the energy and utilities industry.
These events, domestic and global, are sure to shape the future of power. Many hot energy topics were explored, including the signing of COP26, passage of the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act, and the future of the Build Back Better Act.
From the keynote by EPRI CEO Arshad Mansoor:
COP26, I had the pleasure and privilege to be there representing EPRI. COP26 to me, it's the papers that have been signed by two hundred countries. We are seeing our aspirations for a clean energy future becoming ambitions. We are putting a stake in the ground, not for 2050, for 2030, near term on what we want to accomplish across every country.
I'm going to peel the onion on three key things we'll have to do in the near term for this ten-year target. Let's see what it will take for the U.S. to reduce emissions by fifty percent economy wide by 2030.
First, we can re-imagine the grid. We have to build the re-imagined grid that is ready for renewables, and for electric vehicles.