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Preparing sustainable low-carbon electricity systems for rapid demand changes: Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic and California wildfires

Precourt Institute for Energy

PI: Inês Azevedo, Energy Resources Engineering; co-PI: Ram Rajagopal & Rishee Jain, Civil &Environmental Engineering; co-PI: Gabrielle Wong-Parodi, Earth Systems Science


Project Summary

This project sits firmly in the area of resilience of the electric grid and brings together a new team of faculty with a broad range of expertise. Azevedo and her colleagues will ascertain how the current pandemic and wildfires have affected electricity use and the electric grid. They will assess different energy services and the overall level of electricity demand by residential, commercial, and industrial consumers and estimate the consequences on emissions. The ultimate goal is to identify investment, operational changes, and the relevant policy required to prepare future grids for extreme events.