Energy For What's Ahead: Transforming Energy In California

A virtual presentation of Stanford Energy Seminar, published online on Feb 2, 2018 & hosted by Mei-Ling Shek

pixabay solar panels 2836846 640The electric power industry is undergoing a profound transformation towards a low-carbon future to address climate change. The pace of technological change has opened up new and exciting opportunities to do business better and cleaner. Customer choices are changing and expanding. Edison International (EIX) is committed to helping the State of California achieve its climate change goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Last year, EIX’s principal subsidiary, Southern California Edison (SCE), published a white paper calling on the State to move aggressively to support electrification of buildings and vehicles as the least cost path to meet this goal and reduce air emissions. EIX and SCE are working to build the energy company of the future, one that is built upon a modernized grid, supports wide-scale electrification of buildings and vehicles, and allows customers to take control of their energy consumption. In parallel, this transformation has brought challenges, including increased complexity for the grid as well as increased business resiliency risk related to cyber and climate impacts. 

Speaker Biography

Dr. Pizarro has been the President and CEO of Edison International (EIX) since October 2016. Prior to that, he served in numerous executive roles at EIX companies. He has broad experience in energy transmission and distribution systems, procurement of conventional and renewable power, and gas-fired and hydroelectric power production facilities. He is a director of the Edison Electric Institute and the Electric Power Research Institute, and is a member of the Board of Governors of Argonne National Laboratory. He  is a graduate of Harvard University and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

Wave Hello To Energy!

A Presentation & Discussion By Rod Kirk

pixabay wave 2520370 1920 sm2If you have ever tried body surfing I am sure you have become very familiar with the forces in the waves that have knocked you around. Think about the miles and miles of coastline that exists. What if we could somehow harness some of that energy in those waves. In today's meeting we will take a look at wave basics, calculating how much energy is in a wave, and just how we can harness that energy. We will take a look at Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) and how it is done today and what is on the horizon.  We will have some discussion as well as watch a video.
Please join us for this interesting session! 

smappee - Your Energy Buddy!

A Presentation By Jean-Claude Junqua

smappee prod pic 2In todays session, Jean-Claude Junqua will go over Smappee solutions and technologies to deliver actionable insights allowing users to lower and optimize their energy consumption. By leveraging unique patented machine learning technology, Smappee detects all the important electric appliances in the home or commercial building. The smart Smappee energy monitor tracks electricity down to appliance level along with solar power, gas, and water usage in real-time. You can even apply targeted sub metering on appliances that have energy use that is hard to measure. Via the mobile application, users track their consumption at any time and any place discovering their exact real-time consumption, energy guzzlers, always-on energy, etc. This data can feed smart home ecosystems or business software and allow users to change their habits and save money without compromising on comfort or business efficiency: a big win for themselves and the environment. Smappee is an award-winning solution on the market since 2013 with a global customer base.

Please join us for this interesting and informative session!


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Electrifying! Beyond Fossil Fuels in Homes and Businesses

A Presentation / Video Hosted by Mei-Ling Shek

pixabay heat pumps 393059 640The cold weather last winter led to unusually high natural gas bills, and perhaps some sense of guilt. Come and learn about new carbon-free electric heating solutions for homes and businesses. Using clean electricity to replace natural gas for heating saves money in the long run while protecting our environment and future. We willll view a video of a presentation by Pierre Delforge, of the Natural Resources Defense Council, given on May 31, 2017, at the Sunnyvale Sustainability Speaker Series. 

Join us for this interesting session!


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Stanford Central Energy Facility Tour - May 25, 2017

A Collection Of Pictures From the Stanford Central Energy Facility Tour

A number of EGG members had the opportunity to tour the Stanford Central Energy Facility on May 25, 2017. It was a great tour which lasted about two hours. We got to tour alot of the nooks and crannoes of the facility. We had a good tour guide who was very informative and answered a ton of questions for us. When not giving tours, this individual worked in the Control Room of the facility. The pictures which are presented below provide a small memory of the tour.


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Introduction To Tesla Inc. Powerwall

A Presentation By Mike Mueller, Tesla Inc.

tesla powerwall picThe Powerwall is a Tesla Inc. product that provides Lithium battery energy storage for homes. Unused solar generated power can be stored for later use after the sun sets. It is also used for time of use load shifting, backup power, and as an off grid energy source. For our May 11, 2017 meeting, Mike Mueller from Tesla inc. will give us a close look at this product and go over details of its usage. Please join us at this informative meeting and join the discussion and learn more about this product.




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