Posted on October 23, 2013

Sacramento: Energy Leaders Examine Future of Grid

By Lynsey Paulo

SACRAMENTO — A PG&E officer participated in a Town Hall panel today (Oct. 23) sponsored by the operator of California’s power grid, the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO).

Fong Wan particpated in a Town Hall on the the future of California electric grid. (Photo by Lynsey Paulo.)

Fong Wan, PG&E’s senior vice president of energy procurement, joined other utility experts, trade organizations and environmental leaders at the annual ISO Stakeholder Symposium held at the Sacramento Convention Center, and emphasized that careful planning will help create a more reliable and flexible grid that will benefit customers in a cost-effective manner.

“We are facing a world with a much bigger challenge than 10 years ago,” said Wan.

The panelists discussed key issues including energy storage, demand response (programs designed to help customers reduce their energy usage during times of peak demand), and energy efficiency.

PG&E is optimistic about the future of renewable energy and the electric grid, Wan said, but he cautioned California must engage in careful planning to keep the lights on at a reasonable cost for customers.

“When we achieve 33 percent renewables in 2020 and you add all the rooftop solar, we’ll (California) be at 40 percent renewables,” Wan said. “We will be charting new water. How are we going to be able to run it (the grid) should be front and center at our minds.”

Other panels included a Regulatory Roundtable featuring the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board.

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