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Before joining the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley as a graduate student, Laura worked on vehicle electrification and sustainable transportation at the Rocky Mountain Institute and was an Energy Innovations Analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
- PV cost analysis for Germany and the US
- wind and solar energy policy
- comparative study of renewable energy markets in Europe, China, US
- BA International Politics and History at the Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
- Master of Public Policy, UC Berkeley '12
- Master of Energy and Resources, UC Berkeley '12
Presentation with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 2012: Why are prices for German residential PV system so much lower than in the US?
Designing low-cost, low-carbon power systems using the SWITCH optimization model
The SWITCH model can explore the cost and feasibility of generation, transmission, and storage options for the future electricity system. The model identifies cost-effective investment decisions for meeting electricity demand, taking into account the existing grid as well as projections of future technological developments, renewable energy potential, fuel costs, and public policy. SWITCH uses time-synchronized load and renewable generation data to evaluate future capacity investments while ensuring that load is met and policy goals are reached at minimum cost. The optimization is formulated as a deterministic linear program, which is solved by standard commercial software.