California has the will, ambition, technology and legal requirement to decarbonize our energy sector by 2045. In the dozen years since passage of AB32, we have made great progress but we may be making some grave mistakes. In this discussion, Dr. Fine describes how distributed energy resources are presenting new opportunities in distribution resources, transmission and procurement planning, and market reforms that will determine if our clean energy future is one that is affordable for all.
Dr. James Fine is the Director of Energy Research and a Senior Economist of Clean Energy at Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Environmental Science at University of San Francisco. His areas of expertise are in climate change, smart grid, and environmental markets. Dr. Fine works to reduce the impacts of energy systems used to power buildings, transport and service people, and produce and move goods. His areas of research and advocacy include design and implementation of market-based policy, modeling the economic, air quality, and health consequences of policy decisions, deploying smart grid for environmental and
electricity customer benefits, and facilitating the meaningful involvement of community stakeholders in environmental planning. Dr. Fine received a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. from the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania.