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California and Western Energy Lecture Series

About this Series

The purpose of this series, developed by Precourt Energy Scholar Dian Grueneich, is to provide an understanding of California and Western energy, including relevant agencies and organizations, what they do, and how they operate. Topics include not only California government agencies but California energy markets, stakeholders, and the two key Western energy organizations. The final lecture covers the major California climate and energy policies, including achievement, challenges, and innovation opportunities.

Watching the Series

  • Best to watch in this order: Overview and Introduction, CAISO, WIEB, WECC and Policies
  • Each lecture is divided into sections which can be watched individually or in one setting
  • The audio that has been taped is also available as written notes for future reference

California and Western Energy Series

Lecturer: Dian Grueneich, Precourt Energy Scholar, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University; Commissioner Emeritus, California Public Utilities Commission

Introduction, Basic Facts, and Agency Overview

Lecturer: Dian Grueneich, Precourt Energy Scholar, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University; Commissioner Emeritus, California Public Utilities Commission

Welcome to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO)

Lecturer: Steven Greenlee, Senior Public Information Officer (retired), California Independent System Operator

The Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB)

Lecturer: Maury Galbraith, Executive Director, Western Interstate Energy Board

The Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC)

Lecturer: Matthew Elkins, Manager, Performance Analysis, Western Electricity Coordinating Council

California Energy and Climate Policies

Lecturer: Dian Grueneich, Precourt Energy Scholar, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University; Commissioner Emeritus, California Public Utilities Commission