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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

Mon, Sep 23, 2019

Assessing blockchain’s future in transactive energy

There are compelling reasons for energy markets, and their governance, to move in the direction of a more transactive energy system. Is blockchain a suitable platform for the transactive electricity market of the future, enabling distributed energy resources to transact with each other and capture value, while collectively helping balance the grid?

Report by Ben Hertz-Shargel, David Livingston

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment

Ben Hertz-Shargel is head of data science and demand management at Rhythm, a retail clean electricity provider combining technology and humanity for an effortless experience with energy. Previously, he 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’s Global Energy Center and the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the external Advisory Committee of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Energy and Environment Program. He is also a contributor to Axios.

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 UCLA.