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 produced and curated 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. In 2019, she received the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Award.
Sonia holds a B.S. from Haverford College in astronomy and physics, and an M.S. from Stanford University in engineering, focused on energy.