Associate Director
Christa Heavey

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Christa Heavey

Christa Heavey joined E3’s distributed energy resources group in 2019. Her work focuses on the integration of electric vehicles into the grid, utility rate design, and grid modernization. Christa’s recent projects have involved utility transportation electrification programs, cost-benefit analysis, EV charging infrastructure market assessments, and utility regulatory filings.

Christa joined E3 from Pacific Gas & Electric, where she led regulatory and strategy work related to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and data analytics on customer EV charging behaviors. She also completed energy-related fellowships at the Natural Resources Defense Council and Union of Concerned Scientists. Christa was drawn to E3 by the opportunity to work on diverse, high-impact projects that help shape the future of the energy sector with a friendly, dedicated, enthusiastic team.

Outside of work, Christa enjoys hiking, skiing, and baking. She also loves to travel and is always planning her next adventure.

Education: MS, civil and environmental engineering, atmosphere and energy program, Stanford University; BA, mathematics-physics, Whitman College

Projects

New York Distributed Solar Roadmap | NYSERDA, 2021

Working with the New York Department of Public Service (DPS) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), E3 supported the development of a new roadmap for New York to achieve the installation of at least 10 Gigawatts of distributed solar by 2030. The roadmap lays out a path that will expand renewable energy in New York, generating enough clean energy to power 700,000 additional homes, while also prioritizing an equitable expansion of New York’s distributed solar infrastructure. E3 contributed to the distributed solar framework by providing analysis that informed the plan’s policy recommendations. E3 developed a supply curve model for distributed solar projects in New York and used this model to evaluate program costs for different incentive program options. The analysis was used to inform the roadmap’s ultimate recommendation to extend the current NY-Sun Megawatt Block incentive program to help achieve the 10 GW target.

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Electrification of Transportation Rate Design and Infrastructure Applications | Hawaiian Electric Company, 2020-2021

E3 supported the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) on four transportation electrification filings. First, E3 and its subcontractors Anser Advisory and Black & Veatch designed a program for HECO to build the make-ready infrastructure for electric buses to support electrification of transportation for transit, tourism, and other bus operators. Second, E3 designed two new electric vehicle charging rates, EV-J and EV-P, for commercial electric vehicle charging sites. E3 developed a rate design calculator and performed cost-benefit assessments to evaluate different rate designs and propose final rates that will support low-cost public EV charging in Hawaii. Third, E3 and its subcontractor Anser Advisory supported HECO in developing its Charge Ready Hawaii pilot program to deploy make-ready charging infrastructure for commercial and multi-unit dwelling locations. Finally, E3 and its subcontractors Anser Advisory and Atlas Public Policy supported HECO in developing a proposal to expand its public DC fast charging (DCFC) infrastructure pilot to build out 150 DCFC ports and 150 dual-port Level 2 charging stations across its service territory. These programs – three of which have been approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission with the fourth project (DCFC program expansion) under review in 2022 – build on HECO’s Electrification of Transportation Roadmap and allow for HECO to support its customers in electrifying their vehicles and fleets.


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