Managing Consultant
Yuchi Sun

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Yuchi Sun

Dr. Yuchi Sun joined E3 in 2019 and works primarily in our resource planning practice, where his rigorous analysis helps utilities and other clients navigate toward a low-carbon future while avoiding technical, financial, and policy-induced turbulence. He is especially experienced with capacity expansion optimization and operational reliability analysis, and with using and developing E3’s RESOLVE and RECAP models.

Previously, as an E3 summer associate, Yuchi worked on integrated resource planning and procurement evaluations for utilities in Washington and Texas. He returned to E3 after completing his Ph.D. at Stanford University, where his research focused on using modern machine learning algorithms to improve short-term solar forecasting.

Yuchi rejoined E3 for the opportunity to bring forward-thinking, well-rounded energy research into solving real-world problems. He greatly appreciates the meticulousness and professionalism of E3’s analytical approaches, as well as its collegial atmosphere.

A recent resident and eager explorer of San Francisco, Yuchi is an aspiring tea master, crafter of puns, and lover of cats.

Education: PhD and MS, energy resources engineering, Stanford University; BS, energy resources engineering and BA, English, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China


Integrated Resource Plan Support | El Paso Electric, 2020-21

E3 provided a broad range of IRP support services for El Paso Electric (EPE) including developing resource options and data inputs, conducting a Planning Reserve Margin and ELCC study using RECAP, optimizing EPE’s portfolios over the 2021-2045 period reflecting New Mexico’s Renewables Portfolio Standard and Energy Transition Act as well as EPE’s own goal of 80% carbon reductions by 2035, studying the operability of EPE’s system under high levels of wind and solar generation, and developing regulatory strategies for cost allocation and procurement given EPE’s multi-state service area. E3 has also been heavily involved in EPE’s stakeholder outreach and communication strategy, leading multiple stakeholder workshops and contributing to a substantial improvement in EPE’s stakeholder relations.

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