Long-term Perspectives on California’s Energy System

Speaker:  Nathaniel Skinner, California Public Utilities Commission

About the talk: This presentation will address electricity Demand Growth and the role of the CPUC in policy.  Expectations of electric demand growth are driven by where people are moving.  Further, electrification is becoming more important, e.g. Electric Vehicles and Electrification of rail.  The CPUC is concerned about system reliability as well as protecting the public interest in fair pricing.  As contracting meets or exceeds 33% energy delivery obligations, what is the next step for Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)?  How do reliability costs and benefits get traded off against other benefits?

About the Speaker: Nathaniel Skinner is currently a senior analyst in the CPUC’s Generation and Transmission Planning section of the Energy Division.  In his capacity as a senior analyst, he focuses on long-term electricity infrastructure issues ranging from forecasting infrastructure needs to market design.  He has also worked on enhancing the CPUC’s quarterly compliance report audit process, utility procurement rules, and served on working groups for improving demand forecasts.  He joined the CPUC in 2008.  Previously he has worked on natural gas and weapons of mass destruction issues in Washington DC.  Mr. Skinner graduated from the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a MA in International Policy, and has a BA in Political Science and a BA in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Washington.  He is currently working on his PhD in Public Policy and Administration at Walden University.


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