Climate change resulting from a build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has taken on a new urgency over the past decade. Both U.S. and the EU aim to be carbon neutral by 2050 and China has pledged carbon neutrality by 2060. These commitments are driving new and more aggressive climate policy globally. Oversimplifying somewhat, the most promising strategy can be defined as “electrify energy demand” while “decarbonizing the electricity sector”. When we decarbonize the sources of electricity generation, we are also introducing high volatility and steep ramps of the generation mix into the electrical system. The traditional Tesla-Edison paradigm was never designed to handle these steep ramps and volatility.
This is the first in a series of workshops to explore these challenges. This workshop will frame the challenges of this effort through the perspectives of our expert panelists, setting the stage for the deeper investigations in the following weeks.
Panelists: Larry Bekkedahl - Vice President Grid Architecture and Systems Operations at Portland General Electric; Cameron Briggs - General Manager, Future of Energy at Origin Energy; Elizabeth Endler - Program Manager Advanced Energy Storage at Shell; Patrick Panciatici - Senior Scientific Advisor at RTE; Charles Kolstad, Stanford University, Moderator
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