VCTF Seminar Series. Shaping the Grid of the Future: Perspectives from California
In its writing on Future Energy Systems, AEMO states that “The NEM, like power systems worldwide, is being transformed from a system dominated by large thermal power stations, to a system including a multitude of power generation resources and technologies of various sizes. At the same time, customers are engaging with their electricity supply in new ways.” This seminar will explore how California is also navigating these large-scale transformations. With its ambitious statewide goal of achieving 100% clean energy by 2045, California has employed a variety of market and policy-based mechanisms to facilitate system-wide change.
The seminar will begin with an overview of California’s electric utility structure, major institutions, and electricity market features. This will be followed by a discussion of case studies demonstrating various aspects of California’s evolving energy system, namely: approaches to demand management, integration of new generation resources, and changing market participants.
Alison is currently visiting the Energy Transition Hub as a Fulbright Scholar.
Alison comes from a multidisciplinary background, drawing from economics, policy, and technical analysis to solve complex environmental problems. Her experiences range from laboratory research on emerging solar technologies at UC Berkeley to political advocacy work in California. Most recently, she was employed as a Consultant in San Francisco at Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. where she evaluated variable energy generation interactions with the electric grid. Her major projects involved providing expertise on battery storage impacts and deployment for state regulators in California and New York.
For her Fulbright project, Alison will conduct a comparative study of renewable integration challenges in California and Australia, and the potential for overcoming them using energy storage technologies to moderate variable power generation. She hopes her findings will provide guiding principles for system-wide change that will further dialogue, promote collaboration, and advance action towards a greener future in both California and Australia.