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    CEO of Long Island Power Authority, Tom Falcone, Talks Clean Energy and Grid Reliability on the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast

    March 16, 2023 - Energy Central


      The job of utility executives has never been a particularly easy one, but in 2023 the spotlight might be brighter than ever and the goals more ambitious and important. On the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast, we strive to bring these leading voices to our community more directly than ever before, so when we get a chance to sit down with a utility CEO who's receiving high marks on their leadership and success rate on these and other goals, we jump at the opportunity. And that's why podcast host Jason Price headed to the headquarters of Long Island Power Authority for an exclusive chat with their CEO, Tom Falcone.

      From the pressure by policymakers for utilities to decarbonize, the need for customers for power to remain affordable, and the existential requirement to keep grid reliability as flawless as possible, leaders at utility companies no doubt have their hands full. But charting an intelligent path forwards that can meet these concurrent needs and then staying the course to do so is not something on which they'll compromise. In this can't-miss conversation, listen in as Tom explains to Jason and podcast producer Matt Chester the specific moves LIPA is making to bring new clean energy technology to its customers while assuring them they will never compromise on the reliability and affordability those Long Island residents have come to expect. Tom shares his excitement for what's coming in the next few years for LIPA:

      "It's very possible for economic reasons that will have a lot of offshore wind well in excess of what we need for our own grid. We currently have a grid that's about 5,800 megawatts. In 20 years, maybe about 7,000 megawatt peak. We're talking about could be 18,000 megawatts of offshore. It's very likely that you could have numbers that far exceed our average need or peak need. And so that try and plan for a grid like that is a very interesting thing. Are we planning for a 7,000 megawatt grid or are we planning for a 12,000 megawatt grid? Because a lot of that is going to be export. Those decisions are going to play out over time, but it's a unique issue of being an island. And jutting out into the ocean, kind of being God's extension cord to the offshore wind resource for New York state. A lot of decisions will be made over time, but we're making a lot of progress between now and 2030, and we're very focused on planning the backend of this investment that is going to happen between really 2030 and 2040."

      This entry into the podcasts, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform (where we also feature a written transcription if you'd prefer to read). Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.

      Episode #114: 'Cleaner and More Affordable Power for Long Island' with Tom Falcone, CEO of Long Island Power Authority [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

      About Energy Central Podcast Series:

      The 'Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast' Series features conversations with thought leaders in the utility sector. At least twice monthly, we'll connect with a Power Industry Leader to discuss compelling topics that impact utility professionals. Some podcasts may be a continuation of thought-provoking posts or discussions started in the community by an Energy Central Community Member. Others may be with an industry leader interested in sharing their expertise and doing a deeper dive into hot topics or issues relevant to the industry.

      If you want to be a guest on a future episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast, let us know! We'll be pulling guests from our community members who submit engaging content that gets our community talking, and perhaps that next guest will be you! Likewise, if you see an article submitted by a fellow Energy Central community member that you'd like to hear about in more detail, feel free to send us a note to nominate them. To contact us, email community@energycentral.com. Podcast interviews are free for Expert Members and professionals who work for a utility. We have package offers available for solution providers and vendors.

      About Energy Central:

      Energy Central is a community platform for electric power industry professionals to share, learn and connect in a collaborative environment. Supported by leading industry organizations, our mission is to help industry professionals connect and advance knowledge sharing for the benefit of the industry. We help the industry work better. Join the Energy Central Community today and be part of a growing community of over 200,000 registered members.

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