April 17, 2013
The Smart Grid: What Is It and Why Should We Care?
The Environmental Law Institute
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Berkeley Law Center for Law, Energy & the Environment
UNPLUGGED: THE RENEWABLE ENERGY SPEAKER SERIES
What does the smart grid have to do with renewable energy? According to most experts, quite a lot. While many believe that our current electrical transmission and distribution grid can support the California's Renewables Portfolio Standard goal of 33 percent renewable generation by 2020, experts generally agree that to achieve significantly higher percentages, we must make our grid "smart".
In this first of a three-panel smart grid mini-series, energy infrastructure experts explored the nuts-and-bolts of the smart grid transformation: what it is, how it differs from the existing grid, what it will enable, and how we get there.
Carl Zichella, Director of Western Transmission, Land & Wildlife Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (moderator)
Kevin Dasso, Senior Director of Smart Grid and Technology Integration, PG&E
Heather Sanders, Director Smart Grid Technologies and Strategy, CAISO
Sonita Lontoh, Head of Marketing,Trilliant