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Distributed energy resources: Integrating rooftop solar and other resources into the grid

Monday, October 17, 2022 (2:40pm-4:00pm EST)

Cathy Kunkel and Vinay Pabba and Agustín Irizarry and Gabrielle Kuiper

Monday, October 17, 2022 (2:40pm-4:00pm EST)

How can the uptake of DERs be accelerated and integrated into the grid? A case study of a standalone power system provides insight and a futuristic vision of DERs.

Video: YouTube

Presentation Slides: Available here

Cathy Kunkel

Cathy Kunkel is an Energy Consultant at IEEFA.

Cathy also served as an IEEFA Energy Finance Analyst for 7 years, researching Appalachian natural gas pipelines and drilling; electric utility mergers, rates and resource planning; energy efficiency; and Puerto Rico’s electrical system. She has degrees in physics from Princeton and Cambridge.

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Vinay Pabba

P. Vinay Kumar is a renewable energy veteran with a track record of having built and managed ~3000 MW of solar and wind plants in India. As COO of Vibrant Energy, Pabba heads project delivery and development for Macquarie’s renewable energy platform focused on sustainability solutions for India’s commercial and industrial sector.

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Agustín Irizarry

Agustín Irizarry teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayaguez on electric power systems fundamentals, analysis, control and design, and power systems conversion.

Dr. Irizarry conducts research on renewable energy and how to adapt the existing power grid to add more sustainable resources. He has served as a consultant to communities, environmental organizations, government, and private entities and as an expert witness in civil court cases.

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Gabrielle Kuiper

DER Specialist, Senior Adviser to the Smart Energy Council and a Director at The Superpower Institute, Dr. Gabrielle Kuiper is an energy, sustainability and climate change professional with over twenty years’ experience in the corporate world, government and non-government organisations and academia. She was previously the DER Strategy Specialist with the Energy Security Board.

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