Sonia Aggarwal

Vice President

Sonia Aggarwal is the Vice President of Energy Innovation, where she leads the firm’s Power Sector Transformation and Energy Policy Solutions programs. In 2012, Sonia spearheaded the creation of America’s Power Plan (APP), Energy Innovation’s platform for innovative thinking on policy solutions for clean, reliable, and affordable electric power in the United States. APP 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 EI’s work identifying and designing the top energy policies to reduce emissions in the largest-emitting countries around the world. 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 identify which policies can make the biggest impact, the EPS 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 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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Works by Sonia Aggarwal

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Becoming Bankable: How Renewable Energy Startups Can Deploy Equipment At Scale

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Grid Mod: Transactive And Distributed Tech Demand A New Approach

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Business models: What Utilities Can Learn From Amazon And Netflix About The Future Of Ratemaking

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Finding (Politically Viable) Climate Solutions As The Stakes Rise

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California Could Be Hit With Host Of Different Climate Change Issues

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Advocates: Trump’s Coal-Friendly Power Plan Will Hurt Ohio’s Health

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Trending Topics - Proactive Support For Coal And Nuclear Plant Communities 

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Ohio PUC Details Utility Reform Roadmap In PowerForward Initiative

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Billions At Stake: Should We Invest In Struggling Power Plants Or Communities Facing Closures?

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Redirecting Trump’s Coal and Nuclear Bailout to Fund Economic Redevelopment

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What's The Plan?

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Redirecting Federal Funds Toward Coal And Nuclear Plant Communities

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Arizona Regulators Open First US Transactive Energy Docket

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As The Power Sector Transforms, Can Utilities And Customers Find Common Ground On Ratemaking?

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Refining Competitive Electricity Market Rules To Unlock Flexibility

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Republican Opponent Of Trump’s Coal Bailout Resigns After Only A Year As Energy Regulator

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Net-Zero Emissions Energy Systems

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Refining Competitive Electricity Market Rules To Unlock Flexibility

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Should The Regulatory Two-Step Give Way To A New, Performance-Based Dance?

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What Trump’s “Unprecedented” Power Plant Bailout Could Mean For The Ohio Valley

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The Rise Of Performance-Based Regulation And Other Policy Developments

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America's Utility Of The Future Forms Around Performance-Based Regulation

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FirstEnergy Emergency Request Could Be A Last Chance To Help Coal Power

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Public Utilities Commission of Ohio PowerForward: Ratemaking Perspectives

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PUCO PowerForward: Utility Ratemaking, Methods for Cost Recovery

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Two Cutting-Edge Energy Efficiency Companies Team Up to Capture Growing Market

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Global Cooling Is On The Brink Of A Huge Economic Boom. Which Countries Will Tap The Opportunity?

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Bomb Cyclone And NOPR Redux: What The Grid Really Needs

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Predictions 2018: Looming Trade Case Clouds Solar's Future

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Blockchain, Drones Are Strategies For Survival At Japan's Tepco

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Predictions 2018: Federal Policies To Dominate

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New Year, New Energy

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Trending Topics – A Year-End Update On Electricity Policy From The Field

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A Year-End Update On Electricity Policy From The Field

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PUCO Chairman Focused On Modernizing Electricity Grid

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VERGE Influencers Offer Reasons To Be Hopeful In 2018

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The China Belt And Road Initiative Could Help - Or Hurt - Clean Energy In Emerging Economies

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The Best Defense Is A Good Offense: Five Opportunities For Renewable Energy Developers Under Trump

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Who Needs A NOPR? Seven Ways To Make Wholesale Power Markets More Reliable

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Iowa Utility Seeks Millions For Grid, But Offers Few Details

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What's A DOE NOPR To Do?

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Looking Beyond DOE’s NOPR, A Case For Grid Flexibility Alongside Reliability

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A Roadmap For Finding Flexibility In Wholesale Markets

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Trending Topics – Emerging Lessons on Performance-Based Regulation From the United Kingdom

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Emerging Lessons On Performance-Based Regulation From The United Kingdom

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A Trio Of Storms Could Mean Grid Modernization In Hard-Hit Areas

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California’s Big Battery Experiment: A Turning Point For Energy Storage?

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Future Wholesale Markets And Implications For Retail Markets

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East Coast States Take Lead in Offshore Wind After Paris Accord

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CDEF 2017: The Role of Rate Design in a Distributed Energy Market

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Utility Models: Questions For Regulators And Stakeholders To Ask And Answer As Utilities Evolve

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Getting the Most out of Grid Modernization

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Was 2016 the Year for Wholesale Power Market Reform?

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President Trump and the clean energy future

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Climate and Energy Policy Solutions for China: Executive Summary

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Metrics for Energy Efficiency: Options and Adjustment Mechanisms

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Grid Flexibility: Methods for Modernizing the Power Grid

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Improving Performance in Publicly Owned Utilities

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2016 Is the Year for Wholesale Power Market Reform

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

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Improving Performance in Publicly-Owned Utilities

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Energy Policy Solutions: How to Take Control of America's Energy Future

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Energy Policy Solutions - Panel Discussion

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Energy Policy Solutions: The Clean Power Plan is Within Reach

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The Costs of Delay: Waiting Until 2020 Could Cost Nearly $400 Billion

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

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

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Time for electricity markets to catch up

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Distribution Optimization: Ready for Takeoff (part 2)

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Should Utilities Own Distributed Battery Storage?

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America's Power Plan: The top 5 trends in the US energy transformation

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Distribution Optimization: Ready for Takeoff (part 1)

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

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China Government Study Sees 86% Renewables by 2050

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

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Accelerating Carbon Reductions from California's Electricity Sector

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

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Power Systems of the Future

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Trending Topics in Electricity Today - Will EPA's Clean Power Plan Really Break the Grid?

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

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Clean Energy, Batteries Not Included (Op-ed)

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New Regulatory Models

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Overview: Rethinking Policy to Deliver a Clean Energy Future

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

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How Do You… Predict Future Weather?

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Wild Weather: The New Normal?

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The Extremes Become the Norm

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Energy Technology Innovation Leadership in the 21st Century

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Two Kinds of Demand-Response

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Renewable Energy Policy Experience: Lessons for Japan

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The Costs of Delay