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Paul DeCotis

Vice President of Power Markets, Long Island Power Authority

Paul DeCotis is Vice President of Power Markets at Long Island Power Authority where he oversees strategic resource planning; fuel, energy and capacity purchases and sales; power project development and management; and participation in the region’s wholesale power markets. Prior to this Paul was Deputy Secretary for Energy in New York, serving as senior energy advisor to Governor Spitzer and Governor Paterson. Paul was also Chair of the State Energy Planning Board. Paul previously served as Director of Energy Analysis for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority where he oversaw corporate strategy and planning, forecasting and analysis, and energy program evaluation. Prior to this, Paul was Chief of Policy at the State Energy Office. Until his appointment as Deputy Secretary, Paul was President of a management consulting business, specializing in executive and Board development, strategy, and mediation. Since 1985, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities including Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Sage Graduate School. Paul is a member of the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC; Board member of US Offshore Wind Collaborative; Board member of the Clean Energy States Alliance; Editorial Board member of the Energy Efficiency Journal; Executive Committee member of the New York State Reliability Council; New York’s representative to the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council, and a member of Montclair Publishing LLC. “Who’s Who in North America” among other boards and committees. Paul has served on and chaired many professional organizations and associations and has extensive community service experience. Paul has published dozens of articles and professional papers on energy and industry matters. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts in International Business Management from the State University College at Brockport, his Master of Arts in Economics from the University at Albany, and his Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Sage Graduate School at Russell Sage College.

New York will experience – and needs to be prepared for – many transformational changes in energy systems over the coming decades, particularly in the electricity industry. These include major changes in power plant construction and use, including repowering; project and system expansions; infrastructure needs both on the consumer and utility side of the meter; integration and use of fairly large power supplies from intermittent and distributed energy resources sources (solar, wind, combined heat and power); and expansion and upgrade of transmission and distribution systems. Energy Policy Session II will explore the following issues: 1. The development and demonstration status of major new energy-supply, electricity storage, and transmission, and end-use energy technologies and their impacts, including costs, implementation barriers, and economic and environmental effects.2. The remaining R&D needs of the identified technologies and applications, and the role public policy does or should play in facilitating their development and use.3. The implications for national laboratories, universities, private for-profit businesses, and research institutions, and technology providers in developing and deploying these technologies to achieve security, economic, and climate policy goals.4. Discussion of the most promising near- and longer-term technologies and applications and partnerships needed to deploy technologies on a large scale.5. Identification of specific government policies that can further development and use of new technologies, fiscal policies and tax policies.