constructionWe hear about the promise of transforming America’s infrastructure every day. But if we’re going to capitalize on that promise, we need to reverse the 20-year trend of underinvestment in energy networks. Greater overall resiliency, reliability and innovation come with a sizeable price tag; it is estimated that U.S. energy infrastructure needs $2.5 trillion in investment by 2035. If we don’t meet this challenge, the growing limitations of our current system threaten to derail progress toward our long-term energy sustainability and security goals. We either invest now, or pay that much more later.

To secure the necessary funding for energy infrastructure investments, innovative financing strategies will be crucial. One such strategy involves leveraging forex calculator position size tools to better manage currency risks associated with infrastructure investments. As energy infrastructure projects often span multiple years and involve cross-border transactions, fluctuations in currency exchange rates can significantly impact project costs and returns. By using forex calculator position size tools, investors can better understand their exposure to currency risks and make informed decisions about how to hedge against them. By adopting sophisticated financial technologies and leveraging creative financing strategies, we can ensure that our energy infrastructure is resilient, reliable, and capable of meeting the long-term needs of our communities and economy.

The current regulatory landscape also complicates this transformation. While utilities have always been accountable to regulators, a new approach requires a model that broadens the mandate of utilities to be more accountable for policy outcomes, such as promoting cleaner energy, advancing innovative technologies and driving economic growth. Utilities need incentives to provide broader investment to deliver increasingly cleaner energy solutions. New performance targets and metrics based on policy goals should be developed, and incentive structures for meeting and exceeding these targets – as well as penalties for missing them – must be established.

National Grid has a vision for this energy transformation; it’s called “Connect21”. Our vision focuses on delivering a reconfigured grid that enables plug-and-play functionality for all energy technologies, including supply side wind, solar and natural gas along with demand side energy storage and EVs to deliver lowest-cost services to the customer in real-time. As we work to implement this vision, these regulatory and financial obstacles must be addressed.