Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

The Supple Grid: Adapting to Variable and Distributed Resources

alexandra von meier

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium)
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Alexandra von Meier
Co-Director, Electric Grid Research Program at the California Institute for Energy and Environment

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The integration of intermittent and distributed renewable resources in the electric grid represents a coordination problem in space and time at increasingly higher resolution, presenting a significant set of challenges to the legacy infrastructure. A key response to these challenges will be the integration of information and control technologies at or near the periphery of the grid, including demand response as well as new approaches to power quality management and protection systems. By comparing the most important limitations of the legacy grid with the implications of an intelligent periphery, this talk will discuss possible implications for the evolution of power systems in the context of decarbonized electricity.


Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier is co-director of the electric grid research program at the California Institute for Energy and Environment ( Until very recently, she was professor of energy management & design in the department of environmental studies and planning at Sonoma State University. Her past and current research has spanned a range of subjects in power generation, distribution and end-use, including cultural factors in technology adoption, green building design, operation of nuclear plants, and management of nuclear materials. Her textbook, Electric Power Systems: A Conceptual Introduction, has been used in both academic and professional settings. Sascha received a B.A. in physics and a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. 

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