Karl Meeusen is Director of Markets, Legislative and Regulatory Policy at Wärtsilä.
Houston was the gathering place for leading energy, industrial, and government executives in mid-November for Reuter's Energy Transition North America. Key industry changemakers met and strategized the path to decarbonization and how to deliver net zero. Public Utilities Fortnightly was at the conference and talked with key changemakers on these important issues and more.
PUF's Steve Mitnick: Many think Wärtsilä is a big equipment company, but you're Director of Markets, Legislative and Regulatory policy. Talk about your job.
Karl Meeusen: My job is twofold, which is first working with legislators and regulators to help them understand the benefits our technology brings to helping integrate renewables into the system. It's not necessarily well understood what the difference is between a reciprocating engine and for example, a turbine. Helping them understand what the system needs are to integrate renewables and why we work there.
The second part is reaching out with potential customers and partners to try and help identify opportunities for the company where we see them, where the technology fits. Utilities, for example, which are looking to build out renewables quickly. We look at that and see an opportunity to say, you're going to need some balancing services.