Dr. Ahmad Faruqui
The Brattle Group
Dr. Faruqui is an energy economist whose consulting practice encompasses rate design, demand response, distributed energy resources, demand forecasting, decarbonization, electrification and energy efficiency and load flexibility. In his career, Dr. Faruqui has advised some 150 clients in 12 countries on 5 continents and appeared before regulatory bodies, governments, and legislative councils in Alberta (Canada), Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Egypt, FERC, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Jamaica, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Brunswick (Canada), Nova Scotia (Canada), Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario (Canada), Pennsylvania, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia (ECRA), Texas, and Washington. He has authored or coauthored more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed and trade journals and co-edited 5 books on industrial structural change, customer choice, and electricity pricing. His innovations have been cited in Bloomberg, Businessweek, The Economist, Forbes, and National Geographic, in addition to news outlets including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and the Washington Post. He has also appeared on Fox Business News and NPR. He has taught economics at San Jose State University, the University of California, Davis, and the University of Karachi and delivered guest lectures at Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Idaho, MIT, New York University, Northwestern, Rutgers, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis. He has also given seminars on energy issues on 20 countries on 6 continents.
All Sessions by Dr. Ahmad Faruqui
Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings
Grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEB) are changing the historic relationship between the electric utility and the buildings they serve. Today, utilities face unprecedented challenges -and opportunities – to modernize their infrastructure, eliminate carbon emissions, and remain reliable and resilient, and affordable in their energy services. Creating a smarter and more dynamic two-way communication environment with their customers offers a smart approach to building the 21st century electric utility. GEBs deploy smart technology that allow building operators to shed, shift, and modulate their building loads in response to electric grid reliability, price signals, and operational needs. This will be ever more important as electric vehicle charging becomes more common. Building owners can optimize their operations and their energy costs especially in the emerging trend toward dynamic pricing structures for electricity. This session will bring together expertise from both the utility and the building owner/manager perspective to talk about the value streams inherent in GEBs.