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Vijay Satyal, Ph.D.

Deputy Director of Regional Energy Markets

Department

Clean Energy

Area of Focus

Vijay Satyal will be focusing on the regulatory, policy and market dimensions of enhancements and/or expansion of the western U.S. power markets. Specifically, Vijay Satyal leads the Regional Markets team and working closely with Erin Overturf and John Nielsen to advance WRA’s regional energy markets strategy throughout the West.  Vijay has an additional background in western U.S. grid planning processes, FERC Order 1000, WECC and NERC planning and compliance processes.

Background

Vijay Satyal brings more than a decade of experience in energy and regulatory policy analysis, renewable energy technologies assessment and regional Bulk Electric System grid planning assessment. Prior to joining WRA, he was a Senior Policy Advisor at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), where he advised WECC’s CEO and the executive management team on WECC-wide environmental policy and regulatory issues and played a critical role in helping the executive management team develop strategic responses for the region. Prior to his time at WECC, Vijay was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy, where he held a number of responsibilities, including advising the Governor’s Office on renewable energy and emerging grid technologies. Most recently, he was a Sr. Consultant at Navigant, where he worked directly with utilities to develop strategic compliance processes for NERC reliability standards.

Education

Vijay has a PhD in Environmental Sciences (2006) – Resource Economics from Oregon State University and MS in Agricultural and Resource Economics & Policy (2001) from Michigan State University.   He is also an Adjunct Affiliate Professor with Oregon State University – School of Public Policy – where he teaches two courses – Renewable Energy Policy and Technology & International Energy Policy, for the MS and PhD students in Public Policy.

Favorite thing about the West

The diversity of the west – lakes, streams, rugged mountains, high to low elevated landscapes and the sage desert basin. The broad spectrum of people with a range of beliefs, backgrounds and cultural heritage that occupy and embody a western lifestyle that you just cannot experience out East. Finally, the  uncertainty of weather changes that can show you a beautiful morning sunrise or sunset with snowfall or a rainstorm interspersed in between.

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