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Framing the Challenges of Decarbonizing the Grid

February 17, 2021 - 8:30am to 10:30am
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Bits & Watts Co-sponsored by Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (SEEPAC) and StorageX
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How can we enable a grid to facilitate the integration of renewables, DERs, expansion of demand and decline of fossil fueled power supply?

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.

- Larry Bekkedahl - Vice President Grid Architecture and Systems Operations at Portland General Electric
- Elizabeth Endler - Program Manager Advanced Energy Storage at Shell
- Patrick Panciatici - Senior Scientific Advisor at RTE
- Heidi Westlake - Group Manager Sustainability Strategy at Origin Energy

Moderator: Charles Kolstad - Co-Director Bits & Watts Initiative, Professor and Sr. Fellow at Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Topics for future weeks include:

- The role of grid interconnection for decarbonization
- Storage Integration including but also beyond batteries
- Coordinating demand side flexibility
- Folicies facilitating decarbonization of supply


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