Director
Fritz Kahrl

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Fritz Kahrl

Dr. Fritz Kahrl oversees E3’s research program and leads our international work, which applies U.S. regulatory experience to emerging electricity sector challenges in China, India, Europe, and Africa. His extensive expertise spans renewable energy integration, resource planning, energy systems modeling, electricity market design, regulatory economics, greenhouse gas accounting, and economic impact analysis. Fritz is a frequent speaker at conferences and a lead author on many of E3’s publications.

The urgency, importance, and complexity of the energy sector’s challenges drive Fritz’s work. These challenges require a combination of political acumen, technical know-how, and communications skills to tackle. Fritz particularly enjoys helping both clients and E3 staff think holistically and strategically about energy problems, from broad goals and aspirations to the technical nuts and bolts of how change occurs. Fritz’s staff mentoring extends to leading E3’s training course and weekly lunch speaker series.

Prior to joining E3 in 2011, Fritz worked as a consultant for the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Agroforestry Centre, and the World Bank; as a research associate for Berkeley Economic Advising and Research; and as a program coordinator for the World Resources Institute. Fritz not only speaks fluent Mandarin, he also makes tasty beer at his house in Berkeley.

Education: PhD and MS, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley; BA, philosophy, College of William and Mary.

Projects

Economic analysis of market-based carbon reduction | Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 2016–present

E3 is working with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to evaluate the economic impacts of adopting a carbon market, per the directive of SB 5701, passed by the state legislature in March 2016. Our approach combines a detailed literature review and a quantitative economic analysis. We are analyzing complementary policies, which drive GHG emissions reductions outside the carbon market (for example, renewable portfolio standards and energy efficiency programs), and carbon market policies, which provide a market-based compliance mechanism. E3 will model the complementary policies in the energy-accounting LEAP model, and use the IMPLAN model to study the macroeconomic impacts of the carbon market.

California 2030 Target Scoping Plan update | CARB, 2016–present

E3 is helping the California Air Resources Board (CARB) update its scoping plan to meet its requirements under Assembly Bill 32 (Global Warming Solutions Act, 2006). E3’s statewide GHG mitigation analysis evaluates the GHG impacts and cost implications of different 2030 scenarios that are consistent with the California’s goal of reducing statewide GHG emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. For this project, we are adapting prior work using our Pathways model, updated with scenarios and assumptions requested by CARB. The model results are translated into inputs for CARB’s macroeconomic analysis of economic and job impacts. The study results are part of a high-profile stakeholder process, which includes extensive public review and comment.

Assessing benefits and challenges of the Western EIM

he grid in the western U.S. is a patchwork of 38 balancing authorities. Each balances its loads and resources independently, exchanging energy through bilateral trades. This inefficient system is being strained with the growing presence of variable resources such as wind and solar. In 2011, the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC) engaged E3 to quantify […]

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