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Can Microgrids Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change on California's Grid?

November 10, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Live Virtual Event: Please Register using link
Event Sponsor: 
Stanford Bits & Watts Initiative, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford Energy Club
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Can Microgrids Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change on California’s Grid?A Stanford Enery Club, Bits & Watts co-hosted panel discussion

The Stanford Energy Club and  Bits & Watts Initiative are excited to present a panel discussion on how microgrids can be used to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the power grid in California.


  • Ron Gawer, Senior Director of Energy Operations at Stanford
  • Nikky Avila, Grid Innovation Engineer, PG&E
  • Qing Tian, Project Manager of Research and Project for Smart Grid Technology, CEC

This last summer has painted a clear picture of how the increased intensity and frequency of heatwaves and wildfires can push California's power grid to its limits. If predictions hold true, these phenomena will only worsen over time. Immediate solutions are needed to tackle this new reality, and microgrids represent a promising avenue to increase the resiliency of communities in California.What exactly are microgrids? How can they play a role a making California more resilient to climate change? What are the current technical and policy barriers to their deployment in California?If you're completely new to this topic, not to worry! The event is open to any Stanford student or other interested individual! No technical background on Microgrids required.

Moderators:Lizzy Kolar (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Oluwaseyi Olaleye (Mechanical Engineering), two Stanford students who completed summer microgrid internships with the Bits & Watts Initiative. 

Admission Info

Seminar is open to all Stanford students, faculty and staff. Register via the RSVP link.