Grid Modernization & Innovation

Solar Power International & Energy Storage International

Valuing Solar in DRP and Re-architecting Proceedings of the Grid

Tuesday, September 25
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 206AB

As states move through "re-architecting" dockets (e.g. distribution resource planning and utility of the future proceedings), the value assigned to solar is an important variable in defining it's role moving forward. Learn from the experts who will describe what is, or should, be happening as states grapple with the value of solar on the grid.

Sachu Constantine

Managing Director, Regulatory
Vote Solar

Sachu manages Vote Solar's regulatory efforts, coordinating strategy and operations for our far-flung but elite team of experts and intervenors. Prior to joining Vote Solar he served as the Director of Policy at the Center for Sustainable Energy for 5 years.

Sachu lived and worked abroad in Germany and Hungary and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, before settling in Berkeley. In his free time he loves to cook and build slightly off-kilter woodworking projects out of whatever recycled materials he can find.


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Sara Baldwin Auck

Director, Regulatory Program
Interstate Renewable Energy Council

As the Director of IREC’s Regulatory Program, Sara Baldwin Auck develops and oversees IREC’s national regulatory engagement strategy on distributed energy resource policies, in coordination with IREC’s regulatory team. Sara is a co-author of IREC’s Charging Ahead: An Energy Storage Guide for State Policymakers, a contributing author to Optimizing the Grid: A Regulator’s Guide to Hosting Capacity Analyses and led the development of the first-of-its-kind National Scorecard for State Shared Renewable Energy. On behalf of IREC, Sara serves on the Advisory Board of Grid Lab. Prior to joining IREC, Sara was a Senior Policy Associate for Utah Clean Energy, where she directed and implemented strategic clean energy policy and regulatory efforts in Utah and served on the Utah Governor’s 10-Year Energy Initiative, Energy & Environment Subcommittee. Sara was named an “Innovator and Influencer” by Solar Power World in 2017 and one of “Utah’s Enlightened 50″ by the Community Foundation of Utah in 2012. Sara is also the host of the Grid Geeks podcast.


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Tom Beach

Principal Consultant
Crossborder Energy

Tom Beach is principal consultant with the consulting firm Crossborder Energy. Crossborder provides its clients with strategic advice, economic analysis, and expert testimony on market and regulatory issues in the natural gas and electric industries. The firm is based in Berkeley, California.

Mr. Beach began his career in the energy industry in 1981, when he joined the staff of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to work on the state's implementation of PURPA. He went on to serve as a policy advisor to three CPUC commissioners, where he was a key advisor on the CPUC's restructuring of the natural gas industry in California. Since entering private practice in 1989, Mr. Beach has testified before state regulatory commissions in nineteen states on a wide range of ratemaking and resource procurement issues. In the last five years, he has prepared cost-benefit studies of net metering or distributed solar generation in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. He also co-authored the chapter on Distributed Generation Policy in America’s Power Plan, a major report on emerging energy issues released in 2014 which is designed to provide policymakers with tools to address key questions concerning distributed resources.

Mr. Beach has a B.A. in physics and English from Dartmouth College, and a Masters in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.


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Tammy Cooper Bramlett

Director, Business Development and Renewables
Tennessee Valley Authority

Tammy Bramlett is the Director of TVA’s Business Development and Renewables group. She is responsible for guiding and shaping TVA’s renewable energy direction, mainly at the distributed generation level. She is also responsible for new business ventures and business development growth, adding value to the public power model. Over the 20yrs that Tammy has been with TVA, she has served as strategist, project manager, product manager roles associated with TVA’s commodity management, energy trading, industrial marketing, and energy efficiency functions. Tammy is dedicated to the people of the valley, her husband, Mike, and their three boys.


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