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New “Smart” Electric Grid Technologies for Renewable Generation Deployment

Merwin Brown, Ca Institute for Energy
May 19, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Given the State’s aggressive clean energy goals, within ten years Californians will likely be getting a lot of their electricity from renewable energy resources, but only if the electric grid is prepared to face the challenges posed by high penetrations of renewable electric generation. For now we can “build” our way out of these problems, but at higher renewable penetrations traditional solutions, i.e., investments in wires, towers and supporting power plants, can’t do it alone. New grid technologies will be needed to make renewable generation deployment easier and less costly, especially technologies that make the grid smarter.

Merwin Brown, Electric Grid Program Director, manages a team of experts at CIEE, at the University of California, who are helping develop and commercialize new technologies for the modern electric grid needed to meet California’s aggressive energy-policy goals.  His comprehensive knowledge of electric utilities and of new and emerging utility technologies is derived from 40 years of experience with firms such as Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Arizona Public Service, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  He has served as an Arizona Solar Energy Commissioner, on the Board of the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy, and with groups from the Electric Power Research Institute and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  Merwin has numerous technical publications and presentations to his credit, and holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering from Kansas State University.

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