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It’s Not Your Father’s Electric Grid

Chip Fox

The nation’s electric grid has become much “smarter” and more reliable over the last 25 years, incorporating advanced hardware and software solutions and successfully integrating renewable energy, such as solar and wind power. We will discuss how the electrical power industry is structured today versus in our youth and the effect deregulation has had on the integration of advanced technologies into grid operations. We will also discuss electric distribution circuit reliability, the development of smart meters, and how incorporating energy efficiency has benefitted the overall demand on the grid. Finally, we will briefly look at utility economics and how utilities are valued and paid for their investments.

Instructor: Chip Fox is a retired business executive with San Diego Gas & Electric, having served in various management capacities for 34 years. He was one of the main liaisons to the California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission, the two energy regulatory agencies in California. He has BS Degrees in Civil Engineering and Business Finance from the University of Washington and University of Phoenix.

Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70064   Credit: 0 units

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