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Laura Wisland: Decarbonizing California's Electricity Grid – What Will it Take?

Laura Wisland headshot
September 24, 2018 -
4:30pm to 5:20pm
NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center

Free and open to all.

Event Sponsor: 
Precourt Institute for Energy
Contact Email: 
energyseminar@stanford.edu

Efforts to make swift and deep reductions in the electricity sector will require an unprecedented amount of policy change, market reform, and technological innovation. UCS’s Laura Wisland will discuss what she believes it will take to dramatically scale up the use of clean electricity in a cost-effective and socially equitable manner. Wisland will talk about UCS’s vision for a clean electricity future in California and other western states and ongoing research to advance clean electricity solutions.

Speaker Biography:

Laura is a Senior Manager for Western States Energy in UCS’s Climate and Energy program, where she works on state and regional policies related to clean electricity, air quality, and global warming. As part of her work on decarbonizing the electricity grid, Laura provides research and policy analysis to legislative and regulatory agencies that develop and implement clean electricity policies and renewable integration solutions for West Coast states.  

Prior to coming to UCS, Laura was the Director of the California Hydropower Reform Coalition where she helped design several state and federal policies to reduce the environmental impacts of California’s existing network of hydropower dams.

Laura has a master's degree from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, and was a Morehead-Cain scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she received a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in public policy.

Recommended Readings:

Turning Down the Gas in California: the Role of Natural Gas in the State’s Clean Electricity Future, UCS (2018): policy factsheet and full technical report, and summary blog

Renewables and Reliability: Grid Management Solutions to Support California’s Clean Energy Future, UCS (2015): policy factsheet and full technical report, and summary blog