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Webinar: Hot Grid Summer: Unpacking ERCOT’s Unusually Warm Summer of 2023 – December 12, 2023

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The summer of 2023 felt like an endless chain of heat waves in the U.S. but nowhere more so than in Texas, which experienced its second hottest summer on record. In this webinar, meteorologists Jennifer Newman and Jessica Tomaszewski will discuss the meteorological drivers of the heat wave, the temperature and demand records that were set, and the impact the heat wave had on power prices. They will discuss:

  • Causes of the heat wave
  • How heat waves impact demand and renewable energy production
  • How climate change might impact the frequency of heat waves
  • How you can take extreme events into account for price forecasts

The session will be interactive and there will be plenty of time to answer you questions after the presentation. We will record the session so if you can’t attend live, please register and we’ll share the recording with you.

The webinar will stream live on Tuesday, December 12 at 2pm ET. The session will be recorded.

About the speakers

Jennifer Newman, VP, Atmospheric Science Research

Jennifer Newman, Vice President of Atmospheric Science Research, REsurety

Jennifer Newman is an atmospheric scientist with experience in boundary layer meteorology, remote sensing, machine learning, and wind resource assessment. Prior to joining REsurety, Dr. Newman completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with a focus on improving turbulence estimates from Doppler wind lidars. As a research scientist at REsurety, she investigates new methods for estimating the risk of potential wind projects.

Dr. Newman holds Doctor of Philosophy and Master’s degrees in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University where she graduated with distinction in research.

Jessica Tomaszewski, Senior Research Scientist

Jessica Tomaszewski is an atmospheric scientist with experience in boundary layer meteorology, numerical weather prediction, and wind resource assessment. Prior to joining REsurety, Jessica completed a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship with a focus on simulating interactions between wind farms and the lower atmosphere, as well as two summer internships at NextEra Analytics investigating improvements to the wind farm wake modeling process. As a research scientist at REsurety, she builds and investigates new techniques for analyzing renewable resources and mitigating their financial risk.

Dr. Tomaszewski holds a PhD and Master’s degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

Webinar Recording: REsurety Solutions Showcase: Simplify Your Renewable Energy Portfolio Audits and Explanations

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Do you struggle understanding and forecasting performance of your Power Purchase Agreements? Many clean energy buyers share this same challenge. In this session you will learn an easier way to:

  • Organize the influx of monthly invoices
  • Audit and identify costly invoice errors
  • Obtain insights into project operations
  • Forecast settlement across confidence bands

We shared real-world use cases where clean energy buyers have found simpler, more efficient ways of understanding and reporting on their portfolios. We even gave specific examples of corporations uncovering hundreds of thousands of dollars in previously undiscovered errors. Watch the recording of the full session below.

Date and Time: October 10th, 2023, 2:00 PM ET

About the speakers

Irina Gumennik, Director, Analytics Services

Irina Gumennik

Irina is an analyst with more than 15 years of experience in the renewable energy industry. Before joining REsurety, Irina was part of the team that permitted, constructed, and commissioned the Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind energy project in the United States. Irina also worked for the world’s largest demand response service provider on demand-side solutions and battery storage products. At REsurety, Irina directs portfolio analytics services to analyze performance drivers and identify risk management strategies.

Irina holds a Master’s degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University.

Carl Ostridge, SVP of Analytics Services

Carl Ostridge has more than 15 years of energy experience, specializing in energy risk management, electricity markets, and renewable energy project performance. Prior to joining REsurety, Mr. Ostridge worked for DNV GL analyzing and improving the accuracy of wind farm energy analyses and developing models to predict wind farm energy output. His extensive industry experience and proven analytical skills support REsurety’s industry-leading tools and expertise in weather-related risk and valuation for renewable energy projects.

Mr. Ostridge holds a Master’s degree in Astrophysics from the University of Exeter in the UK.

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Webinar Recording: Unpacking ERCOT Solar Capture Rates in REsurety’s Weather-Smart Forecasts

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REsurety’s Weather-Smart forecasts show sharply declining solar value in ERCOT. Average solar capture rates fall to around 75% by 2030 in our baseline forecast, with significant weather and fundamentals-driven variability about that average. In this webinar, on September 28th at 1pm EST, we unpacked these results by evaluating progressively more sophisticated forecasting models. We showed that:

  • Accounting for recent trends, changes to system fundamentals, and weather variability reduce forecasted solar capture rates.
  • Weather uncertainty leads to a wide range of capture rate outcomes given the fundamentals.
  • Uncertainty in solar buildout leads to an even wider range of solar capture rate outcomes.

We also had 10-15 minutes of Q & A after the presentation.

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About the speakers

David Luke Oates, SVP, Power Markets Research

David Luke Oates

David Luke Oates co-leads REsurety’s Research team. His team builds, tests, and deploys fundamentals and statistical models of electricity prices and emissions to support customer workflows. David Luke has over a decade of experience working in the electric power sector from positions in academia, consulting, and technology. Before joining REsurety, he was a consultant at The Brattle Group, supporting electricity market operators, utilities, and asset owners to address market design, asset valuation, and regulatory questions.

Dr. Oates holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University, Canada.

Amit Ranjan, Senior Associate, Power Markets Research

Amit Ranjan

Amit Ranjan is an engineer and researcher with experience in fundamentals-based modeling of wholesale electricity markets. Before joining the REsurety team, he was a Senior Analyst at National Grid where he improved the fidelity of long-term capacity expansion models to support corporate strategy initiatives. He also studied the financial and electric system peak implications of electrifying heating in buildings across the U.S. Northeast. At REsurety, he is helping to advance power price analytics amid evolving market designs, increasing penetration of renewable energy and changing policy landscape.

Amit holds a Master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Delhi Technological University, India.

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Webinar Recording: GHG Protocol Corporate Standards and Guidance Updates

Learn how you can drive impact with proposed revisions to the GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance.

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Between now and March 14, 2023, the creators of the GHG Protocol are accepting feedback on the accounting standard and how it should be improved. The GHGP has been successful in motivating hundreds of companies and institutions worldwide to invest in renewable energy, but when it comes to its Scope 2 emissions accounting approach, there is a need to refocus the standard on real-world impact.

During this recorded webinar you’ll hear from Faraz Ahmad (Amazon), Adam Reeve (REsurety), and Henry Richardson (WattTime) on a discussion for proposed GHG Protocol updates that drive greater emissions reductions. The session provides an overview of existing electricity accounting approaches, a break down of a new impact-centric approach to carbon accounting that climate advocates worldwide are rallying behind, and a discussion on how sustainability leaders can leverage this approach. There’s also a lengthy interactive Q&A after the presentations.

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About the speakers

Faraz Ahmad, Head of Net Zero Grid @ Amazon

Faraz Ahmad leads Net Zero Electricity at Amazon, part of Amazon’s overall goal of becoming net zero emissions by 2040. Before joining Amazon, Faraz led strategy, business development and M&A functions at NextEra Energy’s Retail division. Faraz’s career has focused on energy, innovation & technology commercialization and corporate strategy. Faraz has built several businesses at GE and NextEra focused on energy generation and optimization in both developed and emerging markets. Faraz is a fellow of the Energy Institute and was previously selected as a Future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical & Information Engineering and Management from Cambridge University and MIT.

Adam Reeve, SVP of Software Solutions @ REsurety

Adam Reeve

Adam Reeve is a mechanical engineer and data scientist with a strong interest in the rapidly evolving renewable energy landscape. Before joining the REsurety team, he worked for a proprietary trading firm specializing in quantitative analysis of energy markets. His deep experience in data-driven analysis, model building, risk assessment and data visualization support REsurety’s analytical approach to quantifying and managing the weather-linked revenue risks of wind power projects. Mr. Reeve holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Political Science from Yale College, with a focus on energy and environmental studies. He graduated with distinction in both majors.

Henry Richardson, Senior Analyst @ WattTime

As a senior analyst at WattTime, Henry enables partners and collaborators to understand how they can affect the electric grid and achieve greater reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, whether through location-based renewables siting (Emissionality) or by incorporating load flexibility into their solutions. Henry specializes in carbon accounting, building performance, emissions-focused load shifting, and energy storage integration. Prior to joining WattTime, Henry was a Senior Environmental Designer at Atelier Ten where he focused on high performance building design including daylighting, energy, water, and materials.