Consultant
Kiran Chawla

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Kiran Chawla

Kiran Chawla focuses on creating models to forecast energy market prices and applying them to value generation and storage assets at both the grid and distributed scales. In a recent project she forecast wholesale and retail rates to support due diligence services for a private equity firm considering an investment in a distributed storage company.

She also contributes to E3’s strategy practice—for example, surveying regulatory policies and stakeholder positions for a large utility in the western U.S. that is evaluating its business model. Kiran also helps evaluate the need for new transmission infrastructure to connect the renewables required to achieve state policy goals.

Kiran has a natural curiosity about all the factors influencing her analyses and finds her work fulfilling thanks to a breadth of projects that continually expands her expertise. She joined E3 in 2015 and is excited to play a part in shaping a rapidly changing industry. Her work has focused on sustainable energy systems, energy markets and politics, climate policy, and the economics of environmental regulation.

Education: MS, sustainable systems and environmental policy and planning, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan; BA, technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India

Projects

Electricity cost reduction and sustainability support | Los Angeles MTA, 2015–present

We are helping the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), one of the largest public transit systems in the country, to reduce its electricity costs, and define and achieve its environmental goals. E3’s scope has encompassed guidance on MTA’s energy strategic plan and quantification of sustainability objectives. E3’s effort has included analyzing data for hundreds of monthly electric bills, assessing potential electricity cost savings, and investigating regulatory strategies to realize cost-reducing alternatives.

Renewable procurement strategy for corporate sustainability | Large data center, 2016

E3 advised a global data center operator on renewable energy procurement in the western U.S. to support achievement of its corporate sustainability goals. We advised the client about factors impacting the long-run cost of the renewable attribute for wind and solar procurement, which is critical to understanding the economics of long-term renewable power purchase agreements. Our 20-year hourly price projections under various market and regulatory scenarios factored in natural gas and carbon price levels, the mix and quantity of renewable technologies on the system, the penetration of rooftop solar PV, and the deployment of renewable integration technologies and strategies. These scenarios supported transaction due diligence and provided a boundary for the ranges of potential renewable energy credit costs.


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