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.
Thursday Morning Meeting, Mar. 01, 2018 - 8:00am - 9:40am
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Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Highway 9).

About The Host

Mei-Ling Shek, has degrees in chemistry and applied physics, and has worked as a scientist and engineer in national laboratories as well as startup companies (telecom and solar). She has also taught physics and introductory nanotechnology courses. Besides volunteering for the EcoGreen Group, she is a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental organizations.


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