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Fix the Grid
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The Fix the Grid Initiative aims to educate the public and thought leaders about about the risks and opportunities presented by a better integrated Western regional grid, both within the electrical system and as support for greater electrification of transportation and energy use in buildings.
The electrical grid in the Western United States and Canada, as currently configured and operated, is the greatest impediment to decarbonizing the Western economy. In order to achieve 1990 levels of carbon emissions, the West must bring its electrical grid up to the standards that exist in most of the rest of North America, and indeed, throughout the developed world.
Fix the Grid is a coalition of parties that recognize that the consolidation of multiple, disparate electricity markets into a well-organized Regional System Operator (RSO) is the fastest, cheapest, most effective means to enable a low-carbon electricity sector in the Western U.S.
The Fix the Grid Initiative will develop and disseminate accurate information and analysis to support the establishment of an effective Western regional grid operator. Fix the Grid will:
- Identify analyses and facts needed to provide a complete picture of the benefits, costs, and impacts of an expanded, integrated regional grid.
- Meet with decision-makers and opinion leaders to present a balanced view of grid expansion, and to advocate for appropriate governance and operations.
- Develop earned media about the benefits of grid consolidation and the need for a more robust platform to support the conversion to a low-carbon grid.
James Caldwell, Jr. is CEERT’s Senior Technical Consultant. His academic and professional background includes over fifty years of experience in the energy industry. For the past thirty years, he has specialized in renewable technology and project development including photovoltaic solar, concentrating solar thermal power, wind, biomass, and geothermal. He has been employed in technical and executive positions in the oil industry (Atlantic Richfield), the California utility industry (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power), the U.S. Department of Energy, renewable trade associations, and several large and small renewable re¬source developers. Jim has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from California State University at Long Beach.
Director of Grid Policy
Dr. Liz Anthony is CEERT’s Director of Grid Policy. She began at CEERT as a UC Davis ELIPPS Fellow while completing her doctoral research on a clean energy focused project at the University of California, Davis. While at UC Davis she also developed and taught renewable energy modules to local students through a National Science Foundation fellowship. She has since completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering and has joined CEERT full time.