Great Issues in Energy Symposium: Variability and Renewable Electricity Supply

Hugo Chandler, Co-founder and Director of New Resource Partners, and J. Charles Smith, Executive Director, Wind Utility Integration Group

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 4:00pm

Spanos Auditorium

Hugo Chandler spoke about "Variability: The journey from disruption to banality," and J. Charles Smith spoke about "Wind Integration: Issues and status."


Sponsored in part by the Abbot Technology Leaders Program.

About the Speaker

Wind turbine and solar panels Hugo Chandler is a founder and director of New Resource Partners, which advises investors both on renewable energy and complementary energy system investment. Previously he worked at the International Energy Agency, where he led analysis of system integration issues relating to variable renewables, and was the agency’s expert on wind energy. In May 2011, he completed Harnessing Variable Renewables: a Guide to the Balancing Challenge, the IEA’s first book on system integration issues. Prior to that, Mr. Chandler worked at the European Wind Energy Association in Brussels where he set up the European Technology Platform for Wind Energy. In prior positions, he has worked at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, and as a researcher in the House of Commons. Mr Chandler holds an MSc from Imperial College, London.

J. Charles Smith is a Senior Member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society, and a member of CIGRE, the International Council on Large Electric Systems. He is a guest editor for the IEEE Power and Energy magazine, and an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He received his BSME and MS degrees from MIT in 1970. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG).  Previously, he served as President of Electrotek Concepts, a power engineering consulting firm. He has over 40 years of experience in the electric power industry.

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