Senior Managing Consultant
Adrian Au

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Adrian Au

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Adrian Au works primarily in E3’s resource planning group, where he helps clients achieve deep decarbonization goals while maintaining reliability using E3’s RECAP model. In addition, Mr. Au also supports the asset valuation and market forecasting group in resource procurement trends, capacity market policy, and resource capacity accreditation. Adrian’s recent projects include performing reliability studies across the Western US, including exploring the benefits of a regional resource adequacy program in the Pacific Northwest, studying the near- and mid-term capacity need in the Desert Southwest, and studying the operational benefits of machine learning-derived operating reserves for the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).

As an intern with the City of Baltimore’s Office of Sustainable Energy for three years, Adrian worked to reduce the city’s carbon footprint and energy expenses by leveraging demand response programs and energy audits. His graduate research focused on the resiliency of North American natural gas and electricity transmission networks under various energy resource and policy scenarios, while his coursework ranged from cutting-edge research on renewable technologies to energy resource planning modeling.

A gifted musician, Adrian also studied music while at Hopkins and considered pursuing a career as a conductor. Originally from Hong Kong, he sees many parallels with San Francisco and is excited to explore its rich food scene and many farmers’ markets.

Education: MSE and BS, mechanical engineering, Johns Hopkins University


Resource Adequacy in the Desert Southwest

In the aftermath of recent blackouts in California and Texas, the subjects of reliability and resource adequacy have risen to national prominence. Regulators and policymakers – as well as the general public and media – have taken a keen interest in these topics, and many have questioned whether the industry is adequately prepared to confront […]