Brian Spak leads the Grids and Renewable Integration research program for CSIRO, Australia's national science and research organisation.
Brian Spak leads the Grids and Renewable Integration research program for CSIRO, Australia's national science and research organisation. Some of his group's projects include creating a national energy use data platform for the entire country, reporting on Australia's energy emission projections, developing a national electricity network transformation roadmap, building Virtual Power Plant projects since 2008, and developing advanced solar forecasting technology. Prior to moving to Australia, Brian led Portland General Electric's new energy division, and previously worked in Washington, DC's energy and environmental arena for nearly a decade. He holds degrees from Penn State and American University, and is a poor, but enthusiastic surfer.
Energy and technology leaders from Australia and South Korea share their respective cautionary tales, solutions that have been successful for their respective markets, and explore the strategies and technologies that might work for Hawaii and others.
The future of the grid is increasingly becoming decarbonized, distributed and digital. Utility and energy executives from California, Australia and Hawaii share what they are doing to meet their aggressive clean energy goals, lessons learned so far, and what's ahead.