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In an exclusive interview with Gil Gross, the host of We The States, the official podcast of the National Governors Association, Philip Mezey, the president and CEO of Itron, quantifies the significant infrastructure investment needed to keep our nation operational.

“Significant parts of our electricity, gas, and water infrastructure have aged very considerably and are beyond their asset life. And, and we hear statistics that are ranging in the trillions of dollars of what it's going to take in order to refresh this infrastructure,” Mr. Mezey observed.

“Our quality of life is largely determined by our ability to get access to clean water when we want it and electricity when we need it.”

Itron works with utilities and cities to deliver electricity, gas and water resources to communities in more than 100 countries. From Mr. Mezey’s vantage point, underinvestment in infrastructure over decades has created a dilemma for elected leaders now – but one for which technology can help find solutions.

Mr. Mezey believes governors will be on the cutting edge of addressing the energy and water challenges we face as a nation.

“Governors have tremendous convening power to bring groups like utilities and regulators and consumer advocates and environmental advocates, all kinds of people together to have a much more informed discussion about what opportunities exist and what steps can be taken.”

Listen to this fascinating conversation about how state governments, utilities, and consumer groups can unite to preserve and improve our way of life. 

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