Abstract: Debbie Lew of the Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG) will present a synthesis of what we know about decarbonizing our electricity system, based on work at ESIG and many other organizations. She posits the question, if we keep doing what we’re doing, can we reach 100% clean electricity or do we need to do something else, and then dives into the requirements for what that might be. In particular, if we are betting on natural gas as the transition to 100% clean electricity, what would we need to do to enable that. Finally, does it make sense to examine the question of clean electricity divorced from the rest of the energy sector?
Bio: Dr. Debra Lew is the Associate Director of the Energy Systems Integration Group. Her expertise lies in leading power system studies to decarbonize our energy system, including studies focused on wind, solar, transmission and distributed energy resources (DERs). She previously worked at GE Energy Consulting and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, including secondment to the Hawaiian Electric Company. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s Wind and Solar Power Coordinating Committee, a member of IEEE’s Standards Coordinating Committee 21 that oversees the IEEE 1547 DER interconnection standard, and a member of IEA Wind Task 25. She has a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University and a BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from MIT.
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