Welcome to Ask Dean. I’m taking employee questions and answering one or two a week, right here. From time to time, I’ll ask you a question and publish the most thoughtful responses.

Q: If approached, would you consider advising the Trump administration on our nation’s energy infrastructure needs?

A: Yes, we have historically worked with administrations from both parties, as well as Congress, on issues of mutual importance. In fact, we have already reached out to the new administration to consider us a resource.

At National Grid, our business model starts with our customers. We have invested more than $12 billion in new energy infrastructure in the past three years in MA, RI and NY, and we know a lot more needs to be done. Our infrastructure is among the oldest in the country, and as our customers grow and demand cleaner energy choices, infrastructure constrains will inhibit economic development in the northeast region of this country.

We are buoyed by the new administration’s resolve to rebuild critical infrastructure. I know we can contribute greatly to a joint conversation on our nation’s infrastructure needs, and be part of the solution to bring infrastructure — including energy infrastructure — into the 21st century.