Sonia Aggarwal

Vice President

Sonia Aggarwal is the Vice President of Energy Innovation, where she leads the firm’s work on Power Sector Transformation and Energy Policy Solutions. In 2012, Sonia spearheaded the creation of America’s Power Plan, Energy Innovation’s platform for innovative thinking on policy solutions for clean, reliable, and affordable electric power in the U.S. America’s Power Plan produces and curates expert information for decision-makers—utility regulators, governors’ staffs, power system operators, and many more—providing tailored advice on how to lead and support the transition to a decarbonized power system.

For Energy Policy Solutions, Sonia leads Energy Innovation’s work in identifying and designing the top energy policies to reduce emissions. The program uses a computer model developed in-house, the Energy Policy Simulator, to quantify the cost and emissions impacts various combinations of climate and energy policies have within a region. In addition to the quantitative model, which helps to identify which policies can make the biggest impact, the Energy Policy Solutions program also provides tailored advice on how to design those policies for maximum effectiveness.

Before Energy Innovation, Sonia managed global research at ClimateWorks Foundation, worked on the McKinsey carbon abatement cost curves, advised the International Energy Agency’s “Accelerating Technology Transitions” project, advised clean energy companies on technology and financial communications, and even worked in accident prevention design engineering at a nuclear power plant. Sonia holds a B.S. from Haverford College in astronomy and physics, and an M.S. from Stanford University in engineering, focused on energy.

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Publication

A Roadmap For Finding Flexibility In Wholesale Markets

Robbie Orvis, Sonia Aggarwal, Energy Innovation
October 2017
Publication

Future Wholesale Markets And Implications For Retail Markets

Sonia Aggarwal, Energy Innovation
September 2017
Article

Utility Regulation in the Anthropocene

, Utility Dive
Publication

Getting the Most out of Grid Modernization

Sonia Aggarwal, Mike O'Boyle, Energy Innovation
February 2017
Article

Was 2016 the Year for Wholesale Power Market Reform?

, Greentech Media
Article

President Trump and the clean energy future

, The Hill
Article

Q&A: A slow shift toward rewarding utilities for performance

, Midwest Energy News
Publication

Climate and Energy Policy Solutions for China: Executive Summary

National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, Energy Resources Institute, Energy Innovation
July 2016
Publication

Metrics for Energy Efficiency: Options and Adjustment Mechanisms

Robbie Orvis, Sonia Aggarwal, Mike O'Boyle, America's Power Plan
April 2016
Article

Q&A on Performance-Based Regulation with Energy Innovation's Sonia Aggarwal

, Great Plains Institute
Publication

Grid Flexibility: Methods for Modernizing the Power Grid

Sonia Aggarwal, Robbie Orvis, Energy Innovation LLC
March 2016
Article

Improving Performance in Publicly Owned Utilities

, Public Utilities Fortnightly
Article

2016 Is the Year for Wholesale Power Market Reform

, Greentech Media
Article

3 Ways Public Power Providers Can Prepare for Technology and Market Changes

, Greentech Media
Publication

Improving Performance in Publicly-Owned Utilities

Mike O'Boyle, Sonia Aggarwal, Energy Innovation
November 2015
Presentation

Energy Policy Solutions - Panel Discussion

Sonia Aggarwal, Energy Innovation LLC
October 2015
Article

A Tale of Two Regions: Why Wind Is Booming in Texas and Stalling in the West

, Greentech Media
Article

From Old to New: How Rethinking Regulation Can Deliver a Smarter Electricity System

, Greentech Media
Article

Time for electricity markets to catch up

, Financial Times
Article

Distribution Optimization: Ready for Takeoff (part 2)

, Public Utilities Fortnightly
Article

Should Utilities Own Distributed Battery Storage?

, Greentech Media
Article

Distribution Optimization: Ready for Takeoff (part 1)

, Public Utilities Fortnightly
Article

Driving Blind: The Worst Examples of Outdated Data Skewing Renewable Energy Projections

, Greentech Media
Article

China Government Study Sees 86% Renewables by 2050

, CleanTechnica
Article

Do Pay-for-Performance Capacity Markets Deliver the Grid Resiliency Outcomes We Need?

, Greentech Media
Publication

Accelerating Carbon Reductions from California's Electricity Sector

Robbie Orvis, Mike O'Boyle, Sonia Aggarwal, Hal Harvey, Energy Innovation
March 2015
Article

Renewables Curtailment: What we can Learn from Grid Operations in California and the Midwest

, Greentech Media
Publication

Power Systems of the Future

Owen Zinaman, Sonia Aggarwal, et al., 21st Century Power Partnership
February 2015
Article

Greasing the Electric Grid, the World's Largest Machine (Op-Ed)

, LiveScience
Article

Clean Energy, Batteries Not Included (Op-ed)

, LiveScience
Publication

New Regulatory Models

Sonia Aggarwal, Eddie Burgess, America's Power Plan
March 2014
Publication

Overview: Rethinking Policy to Deliver a Clean Energy Future

Hal Harvey, Sonia Aggarwal, Energy Innovation
September 2013
Publication

A New Approach to Capabilities Markets: Seeding Solutions for the Future

Eric Gimon, Sonia Aggarwal, Hal Harvey, Energy Innovation
July 2013
Article

How Do You… Predict Future Weather?

, LiveScience
Publication

Wild Weather: the new normal?

Sonia Aggarwal, Hallie Kennan, Energy Innovation
June 2013
Publication

The Extremes Become the Norm

Sonia Aggarwal, Hallie Kennan, Energy Innovation
June 2013
Publication

Energy Technology Innovation Leadership in the 21st Century

Hal Harvey, Jeffrey Rissman, Sonia Aggarwal, Energy Innovation
January 2013
Publication

Two Kinds of Demand-Response

Sonia Aggarwal, Jeffrey Gu, Energy Innovation
November 2012
Publication

Renewable Energy Policy Experience: Lessons for Japan

Sonia Aggarwal, Adam Kotin, Hal Harvey, Energy Innovation
September 2012
Publication

The Costs of Delay

Sonia Aggarwal, Hal Harvey, ClimateWorks Foundation
July 2011