Senior Consultant
Sierra Spencer

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Sierra Spencer

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Sierra Spencer joined E3 in 2019. Her work focuses on analyzing opportunities to leverage distributed energy resources and supporting clients’ transportation electrification and renewables integration efforts. Sierra has also worked on long-term resource planning with an emphasis on meeting emission reductions goals and maintaining system reliability.

Sierra credits her study abroad experiences in South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia with sparking her interest in energy and the environment. As a student, she conducted yearlong research studies on managed charging for electric vehicles and the use of sustainable biofuels for heating.

Consulting at E3 allows Sierra the opportunity to develop creative solutions for some of society’s most pressing challenges for clients who are motivated to implement them. She is thrilled to contribute to E3’s mission and cutting-edge work after encountering E3 throughout her education.

Sierra, a former college athlete, stays active by running, swimming, and paddleboarding. She’s also an avid hiker and traveler.

Education: MS, civil and environmental engineering, University of California, Berkeley; BS, engineering and BA, environmental studies, Swarthmore College

Projects

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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