Senior Associate
Roderick Go

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Roderick Go focuses on long-term transmission and capacity expansion planning, with an emphasis on systems with large fractions of renewable energy. He deployed E3’s Renewable Energy Solutions Model (RESOLVE) to help the Hawai‘ian Electric Company determine the optimal mix of intermittent renewable generation, dispatchable power plants, and energy storage. Roderick has also conducted production simulation modeling using PLEXOS to support studies for Northwest utilities on the costs and benefits of participating in the Western Energy Imbalance Market.

Roderick joined E3 in 2016, and his research experience, along with his modeling and programming skills, enabled him to dive into critical planning questions and provide insights into client challenges. He has a longtime interest in the intersection of engineering and sustainability, and appreciates that E3 gives him the opportunity to work on some of the most interesting questions in the energy field today.

Education: MSE, environmental management and economics, and BS, environmental engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Projects

Cost-effective pathways to Hawai‘i’s 100 percent RPS goal

n 2015, Hawai‘i passed unprecedented legislation, Act 97, which requires its investor-owned utility, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), to meet a 100 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by the end of 2045. Strengthening the state’s economy depends on moving away from imported fossil fuels for both electricity and transportation and increasing reliance on its abundant renewable […]

Least-cost planning for achieving Hawai‘i’s 100 percent RPS | HECO, 2015–present

With more than two decades of experience in Hawai‘i, E3 is now helping the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) plan for the grid transformation needed to reach 100 percent renewable generation by 2045. Our long-term analysis supported development of the utility’s Power System Improvement Plan (PSIP), with modeling centered on individual island plans and interisland transmission. The study develops least-cost expansion plans for each island using a variety of policy cases and fuel price forecasts. E3 used its Renewable Energy Solutions model (RESOLVE) to explore the economic trade-off between renewable curtailment and investments in storage, and to develop least-cost expansion plans consistent with each scenario. We also solicited and incorporated stakeholder input. HECO filed the PSIP, including testimony and support from E3, with the Hawai‘i Public Service Commission in December 2016.

Publications

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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