Working Towards        a Low-Carbon Future                                            reaching the best possible carbon   ...
About the Generation Summit 2013  The Energy Network - marcus  evans Summits group delivers                This unique for...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5

Working Towards a Low-Carbon Future - Paul Lau, Sacramento Municipal Utility District


Published on

Paul Lau, a speaker at the marcus evans Generation Summit 2013, on having a long-term integrated resource plan to find environmentally friendly solutions to power issues.
Interview with: Paul Lau, Assistant General Manager Power Supply and Grid Operations, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Published in: Business
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Working Towards a Low-Carbon Future - Paul Lau, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

  1. 1. Working Towards a Low-Carbon Future reaching the best possible carbon amount of risk each one poses to the neutral outcome. Utilities should first utility resource portfolio estimated. Risk know exactly what they are pursuing assessment can be carried out, and then with these policies and then place the resources can be applied to the focus on how these regulations can be categories to minimize risk. best aligned within the utility. Conducting research with other utilities What challenges and opportunities and industry organizations can help to do you predict for the future? define how technology is evolving. How some utilities are integrating technology Power generation, transmission and into their portfolios and how this is distribution companies need to be impacting operations, can be compared creative and work together. They must to other plants and costs defined.Interview with: Paul Lau, Assistant have a long strategic look into theGeneral Manager Power Supply and challenges that each utility is facing What should utilities keep in mindGrid Operations, Sacramento when trying to integrate existing and when combining heat and power?Municipal Utility District new power generation, in an effort to achieve a low-carbon future. This kind Utilities should work closely with of thinking will pave the way forward customers to make sure that this option“Power generation, transmission and because this will become a requirement is really viable in term of cost anddistribution companies need to be for utilities. reliability. Great care should be taken tocreative and work together,” says Paul make sure that the customer reallyLau, Assistant General Manager Power Utilities should keep an eye on what understands what they are getting into.Supply and Grid Operations, disruptive technologies will be comingSacramento Municipal Utility District. into play, such as smart grid, electricKnowing the challenges each utility is vehicles, energy storage, solar, andfacing to combine old and new power shal e gas fracking. H ow the segeneration is the way forward toachieving a low-carbon future, he adds. technologies will impact the cost of supplying energy, and how the whole Utilities shouldA speaker at the upcoming marcus dynamics of gas-fired plants and contracts will be affected must be taken keep an eyeevans Generation Summit 2013, inDallas, Texas, February 25-26, Lau into consideration. on what disruptivediscusses why utilities should ask The question is how can these newthemse lves how new disruptive disruptive technologies be combinedtechnologies can be combined with new with new customer programs, such ascustomer programs. demand response? Whether these play a more combined part in the generation technologiesHow can the industry better dealwith environmental challenges? mix can then be defined and compared with the conventional resource mix. will be comingEach utility should have a robust long- Opportunities to lower costs and improve reliability and services are the into play and how best toterm integrated resource plan. The outcome.different available renewables andtransmission access within each region How can generation assets bemust be examined in order to developthe best risk mitigation strategies to optimized in an era of fluctuating energy costs? integratedeal with those challenges. An integrated resource plan would renewable intoPrescriptive environment regulationscan take away flexibilities from actually ensure that the different generation mixes are looked at in detail and the their systems
  2. 2. About the Generation Summit 2013 The Energy Network - marcus evans Summits group delivers This unique forum will take place at the Hotel Intercontinental, Dallas, Texas, peer-to-peer information on February 25-26, 2013. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade strategic matters, professional show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders trends and breakthrough and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The innovations. Summit includes presentations on investing in the generation of the future, emerging environmental regulation and exploring clean coal power initiatives. Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly Contact limited. Maria Gregoriou, Journalist, marcus evans, Summits Division Tel: + 357 22 849 400 Email: For more information please send an email to All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.comAbout marcus evans Summitsmarcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discussstrategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity toindividually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-on-one business meetings.For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.comUpcoming EventsDistribution Technology & Innovation Summit - www.dti-summit.comWater & Wastewater Management Summit - www.h2osummit.comWind Power Summit - www.windpower-summit.comTo view the web version of this interview, please click here: