People / Alumni

Julia Szinai

Julia studied economics and Spanish at UC Berkeley as an undergraduate, and realized her interest in energy and environmental issues while a research assistant at the UC Energy Institute. After consulting in the energy and finance sectors, she worked at Pacific Gas & Electric forecasting electric generation and its cost for customer rates. For the ERG PhD, and previously in the dual ERG Masters program with Goldman, Julia is studying policies to facilitate cost effective integration of renewable resources, and is interested in how technologies such as energy storage, demand response, and electric vehicles impact the reliability of the grid with increased renewable resources. She is also interested in the interaction between, and the resilience of, energy and water systems under climate change.