ESM Partners with DISTRIBUTECH International

This year, we are very excited to partner with DISTRIBUTECH for their annual Conference at the San Diego Convention Center, February 6th-9th.  The Future Energy Leaders program was created to give students the chance to experience DISTRIBUTECH International, the leading annual energy industry conference for utilities, technology providers, and industry leaders. Through this program, a …

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Francesca Wahl – Tesla

Francesca Wahl, Senior Charging Policy Manager, Public Policy and Business Development at Tesla, was the featured guest speaker for a webinar held on October 9th at 12:00pm PDT. Francesca previously held roles at SolarCity, and the Silicon Valley Leadership group, and is on the advisory board for the ESM program at USFCA. The webinar was …

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Adam Palay – Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Adam Palay, an Associate Analyst at Breakthrough Energy Ventures, was the featured guest speaker for a webinar held on October 2nd at 12:00pm PDT. The webinar was co-hosted by Dr. Jim Williams and Fred Wellington of the USFCA Energy Systems Management faculty. Adam spoke about his unorthodox path journey into climate tech, the value of …

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ESMCommunity Hike In Marin Headlands

Students from the ESM program ventured into Marin Headlands over the weekend,for a hike led by ESM Program Director Fred Wellington.  The trail started at the Rock Spring Trailhead in Mount Tamalpais State Park, and lasted approximately 4 hours which included a brief stop at the scenic Cataract Falls, and concluded with lunch at Mountain …

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ESM Guest Speaker Series – Saving the Grid in an Emergency: Three Perspectives on Demand Response

Graduates of the class of 2020 were hosted by Professor Jim Williams and ESM Program Director Fred Wellington for an informative talk on the challenges and opportunities in demand response programs implemented by Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs). ESM alumni Brandon Britt (Dispatch Operations Manager @ Voltus, Inc.), Randy Chiu (Program Manager, Demand Response Operations @ …

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ESM Course Spotlight: Energy Sector and Capital Markets

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance is now a major consideration for energy companies' interaction with global capital markets. While ESG captures a broad range of issues, investors are increasingly focusing on how climate change, and policies to address it, impact corporate value and costs of capital. ESM students learn how to apply frameworks that …

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ESM Speaker Series – Class of 2020 Alumni

Please join us for a Zoom-based ESM Alumni Speaker Series event. This lecture and discussion will cover the topic of Saving the Grid in an Emergency: Three Perspectives on Demand Response. Date: Wednesday, November 16th Time: 12pm-1pmHost: Jim WilliamsTopic: Saving the Grid in an Emergency: Three Perspectives on Demand Response Speakers: Brandon Britt (ESM '20)Dispatch …

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ESM Course Spotlight Renewable Energy Practicum

Second year graduate students in the ESM program learned about renewable energy systems in a hands-on workshop this Fall 2022. The class was led by Dr. Chris Graecen, and aided by Professors Jim Williams and Jalel Sager - and class Teaching Assistant, recent USF alum, and Associate at energy consulting firm E3, Joshua Spooner. This …

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WELCOME DR. SAGER!

We are pleased to introduce our newest faculty member, Dr. Jalel Sager. Dr. Sager is joining us with the mission of preparing our graduate students to be the next generation of energy leaders, focusing on research and service that addresses linked climate change-equity challenges. He brings along extensive teaching experience in various fields of economics …

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