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June, 15 | 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Track 1D | Decarbonization and the Grid

Randall Higa

Southern California Edison | Consulting Engineer

Presentation Title:

How can Buildings Support a Decarbonized Grid?

Abstract

As new policies and standards require decarbonization of energy sources and buildings, there is a greater need for building projects to include renewable energy resources on-site. Although these resources are behind the meter, they need to be integrated with the grid to meet building energy loads with the cleanest energy from either (or both) from the grid or from on-site resources which may vary from hour-to-hour. This presentation will consider how this integration is impacted by the communication between the grid and buildings, codes and standards, and the types of distributed energy resources that may be deployed.

Bio

Randall Higa is the Codes and Standards Program and Building Electrification Consulting Engineer and is leading the building electrification codes strategies at Southern California Edison. Randall is also involved with the building and appliance energy codes that include software development and compliance improvement. Prior to working at SCE, Randall worked at Sempra Energy Utilities managing various customer programs, regulatory proceedings, and energy efficiency programs and including residential and commercial building new construction programs. He began his engineering and architectural career at CTG Engineers and Albert C. Martin and Associates prior to embarking on his current utility career. Randall graduated from UCLA, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences where he studied mechanical engineering and thermal sciences. Randall is a licensed mechanical engineer in California and Arizona. Randall was a member of ASHRAE SSPC 90.1 and is currently a member of ASHRAE SSPC 189.1 and TC 1.9.

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