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Smart Grid and Distributed Energy Resources: What Role Will They Play in Reaching Our Climate Goals?

January 25, 2021 at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Location:This event will be held virtually. Please register to receive a link to access the event.

There’s a lot of pressure on technology to mitigate (and reverse) climate change. One of the areas that has seen accelerated market adoption is in the proliferation of distributed energy resources such as photovoltaic, batteries, electric vehicles, and smart thermostats. As consumers adopt these technologies, there are both opportunities and challenges that utilities and policy makers face to enable a smarter grid – one that can displace fossil fuel generation with the ultimate goal of decarbonizing our electric supply. Mr. Gassner will discuss how industry trends point towards a real need for technological solutions that can enable the decarbonization of our energy system as well as the practical limitations that face us.

5:30-5:40 Login
5:40-6:20 Presentation
6:20-7:00 Q&A

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Andy Gassner is passionate about creating technology that enables a sustainable energy future. With a background in Physics and Astrophysics, he helped create the world’s largest Neutrino telescope in Antarctica. His focus has shifted from the cosmos to building products for a smarter electrical grid, harnessing the flexibility from distributed energy resources to displace carbon power sources. Andy has over a decade of experience in the distributed energy space, spanning regulatory policy in wholesale markets to product management, where he’s currently focused on managing Enbalaʼs distributed energy resource management system and virtual power plant product suite in North America. Andy holds a Master of Applied Science degree through the Institute of Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria.