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Webinar: Grand Unification: Integrating the Distribution and Transmission Systems
September 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Featured Speaker: Dr. Fredrich (Fritz) Kahrl, Independent Consultant
About the Webinar: Electricity systems of the future will require more seamless integration between distribution-level and transmission-level resources. But after a decade of more concerted efforts to bring these two parts of the electricity system closer together, there are still persistent gaps between them. How can these gaps be narrowed over the next decade? Where and what should we prioritize? With a focus on the U.S., this talk will discuss the rationale for better operational, market, and regulatory integration of transmission and distribution systems, explore principles and metrics for thinking about integration, and examine priority integration challenges and potential solutions in several areas: access, interconnection, resource adequacy, retail tariffs, utility regulation, and wholesale market design.
About the Speaker: Dr. Fredrich (Fritz) Kahrl is an independent consultant and a lecturer at UC Berkeley and the University of San Francisco. He has worked on many different aspects and scales of electricity systems (from EIMs to DSOs), from and between public and private perspectives, and in the U.S., China, Europe, and India. Dr. Kahrl received his Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and his B.A. in Philosophy from the College of William & Mary.
Moderator: Charlie Smith, Executive Director, ESIG
Registration Cost: FREE
Q&A Session: We will be using the slido platform for Q&A. Please submit your questions and follow-along during the event at this link.