Power systems research has never been more exciting! Many utilities and countries have committed to a goal of 100% zero-carbon electricity. And the grid itself is changing as it adapts to new demand, new clean energy supply, and new customer expectations. This talk will explore these changes and dive into a case study of Los Angeles. The recent Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study (LA100) is a first-of-its-kind objective, highly detailed, science-based study to analyze potential pathways the city can take to achieve a 100% clean electricity future.
Bio: Jaquelin Cochran, Ph.D., is the director of the Grid Planning and Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where she has worked for almost 14 years. Her work has focused on the evolution of the power grid with high deployment of renewable energy. She recently led the Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study and a portfolio of analyses about India’s power system. Before joining NREL, she was an assistant professor of natural resource Management with KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years with the Polish Foundation for Energy Efficiency (FEWE) in Krakow. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. from Pomona College.