All Content

Tue, May 25, 2021

Preparing for decarbonization: Reforming US power markets for the energy transition

Deficiencies in the US power sector, paired with the increasing intermittency of renewables on the grid, pose challenges to meeting heightened clean electricity goals. In this report, GEC senior fellow Ben Hertz-Shargel evaluates the policy, market, and technological challenges and opportunities for power sector decarbonization.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Ben Hertz-Shargel

Energy & Environment United States and Canada

Wed, Feb 17, 2021

Rapid response: SPP/ERCOT winter freeze energy crisis

Atlantic Council Global Energy Center staff and nonresident senior fellows share their thoughts on the SPP/ERCOT winter freeze energy crisis and the way forward in this rapid response piece.

EnergySource by Global Energy Center

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Thu, Feb 4, 2021

Ensuring Energy Security in a Renewables World

Renewable sources of energy are gaining an increasing share of the US energy mix, bolstered by state-level commitments as well as corporate power purchase agreements. However, while renewables have become increasingly cost competitive, they still face challenges, especially related to intermittency and storage. The Global Energy Center’s new issue brief, “Ensuring Energy Security in a […]

Issue Brief by Ben Hertz-Shargel

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Ben Hertz-Shargel is global head of grid edge at Wood Mackenzie, where he leads research across electrification, grid digitalization, distributed energy resources, and flexibility in electricity markets.  

He came to Wood Mackenzie from Rhythm, a retail clean energy provider, where he was head of data science and demand management and was responsible for the company’s data, business intelligence, and analytics platform. Prior to that Ben was vice president, advanced grid services and analytics at EnergyHub, where he was responsible for analytics within the company’s distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) and energy market operations. At EnergyHub, Ben managed the forecasting and optimization of some of the largest virtual power plants in the world, comprised of electric vehicle (EV) chargers, stationary batteries, grid-interactive water heaters, and connected thermostats. Ben came to EnergyHub from ThinkEco, where he was vice president, technology, and prior to that was a member of the Quantitative Strategies group at Credit Suisse.

Ben is an expert on the intersection between advanced energy technology and energy markets, contributing to reports on the digitalization and decarbonization of the power system published by the Atlantic Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the external Advisory Committee of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Energy and Environment Program and is a contributor to Axios and Utility Dive

Ben holds a bachelor of arts in computer science from Northwestern, a master of science in mathematics from the Courant Institute at New York University, and a PhD in mathematics from University of California, Los Angeles.