The Intersection of Resilient Electrified Buildings and the Grid’s Climate Vulnerabilities

26 Sep 2023
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The Intersection of Resilient Electrified Buildings and the Grid’s Climate Vulnerabilities

The Intersection of Resilient Electrified Buildings and the Grid’s Climate Vulnerabilities

26 Sep 2023
About the speakers
  • Randall Higa
    Randall Higa
    Consulting Engineer at Southern California Edison
    Randall Higa is the Codes and Standards Program and Building Electrification Consulting Engineer and is leading the building electrification codes strategies at Southern California Edison. Randall is also involved with the building and appliance energy codes that include both code development and compliance improvement. Prior to working at SCE, Randall worked at Sempra Energy Utilities managing various customer programs, regulatory proceedings, and energy efficiency programs and including residential and commercial building new construction programs. He began his engineering and architectural career at CTG Engineers and Albert C. Martin and Associates prior to embarking on his current utility career. Randall graduated from UCLA, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences where he studied mechanical engineering and thermal sciences. Randall is a licensed mechanical engineer in California. Randall is currently serving on the ASHRAE Task Force on Building Decarbonization Grid-Building Intersection working group and various other ASHRAE committees.
  • Heather Rosenberg
    Heather Rosenberg
    Associate Principal at Arup
    Heather Rosenberg leads Arup’s Resilience Impact and Social Equity practice in the Americas. An ecologist by training, Heather brings over 20 years of experience leading sustainability and resilience projects. Her current work focuses on decarbonization and energy transition through equity and resilience lens. She works extensively with governments, utilities, and non-profits to understand the resilience of the energy system, how buildings can play a role, and how to leverage investments to support those most vulnerable to power outages. She has worked closely with the affordable housing community to innovate policy and financial tools that can spur decarbonization without triggering displacement. Before joining Arup, Heather was the founder and president of her own successful resilience strategy consulting practice. She created the Building Resilience Network, a multi-stakeholder initiative to help organizations weave physical, social and economic resilience into operations. She is a USGBC Ginsberg Fellow and serves on multiple boards and committees.
  • Karen Klepack
    Karen Klepack
    Local Public Affairs Senior Manager at Southern California Edison
    Karen Klepack is the Senior Manager of Local Public Affairs at Southern California Edison, engaging with cities, counties, tribes, and community based organizations on topics such as electrification, affordability, resiliency, and major infrastructure projects. In her prior role, she was the Senior Manager of Building Electrification and Codes & Standards, driving forward state energy codes, federal appliance standards, and developing new customer incentive programs. She is currently on the Board of Directors at USGBC LA and Orange County Conservation Corps and is a Planning Commissioner for the City of Costa Mesa.

Key takeaways

- Electric utilities will learn about assessing the climate adaptation and vulnerability of their infrastructure based on future climate models.

- Resiliency of all-electric buildings.

- Ensuring low-income customers do not get left behind in the energy transition.

- Electric grid infrastructure planning for an electrified future.