Lisa Schwartz

1 Cyclotron Road MS 90R4000
Berkeley, CA 94720 USA

(510) 486-6315

Lisa Schwartz is Energy Efficiency Team Leader in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She develops and leads energy efficiency research and technical assistance projects in the areas of policy, program design, implementation and evaluation.

Before joining Berkeley Lab, Lisa was Director of the Oregon Department of Energy, overseeing state programs to advance energy efficiency, renewable energy and alternative transportation fuels, as well as energy facility siting, nuclear safety and energy emergency preparedness. She also provided leadership on state energy policy and guided the agency’s analytical work.

As a senior associate at the Regulatory Assistance Project, Lisa coordinated technical assistance for consumer behavior studies funded by U.S. Department of Energy to evaluate the impact of time-varying rates and smart grid technology on energy use, worked with Berkeley Lab to evaluate energy efficiency and other demand-side resources in Western U.S. transmission planning, and assisted states in areas such as industrial energy efficiency, distributed generation and utility incentives for energy efficiency. She also led Western Governors’ Association projects to explore coordinating utility resource procurement with regional transmission needs, identify least-cost ways to integrate wind and solar, and assess energy efficiency and other policies to complement the Western Climate Initiative’s proposed cap and trade program.

At the Oregon Public Utility Commission, Lisa led staff work on resource planning and acquisition, distributed generation, renewable resources, demand response and advanced metering infrastructure. As a senior policy analyst at Oregon Department of Energy, Lisa helped establish stable funding and independent administration for ratepayer-supported energy efficiency programs, led a project to conserve both water and energy, and directed an annual energy efficiency campaign with utilities and retailers. She began her energy career as assistant administrator of the Oregon State University Extension Energy Program.

Lisa has served on committees in the Western U.S. and nationally, including:

  • Western Interstate Energy Board
  • WECC’s Transmission Expansion Planning Policy Committee
  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Board of Directors
  • National Association of State Energy Officials’ Government Affairs Committee
  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Staff Subcommittee on Energy Resources and the Environment
  • SEE Action Network’s Customer Information and Behavior Work Group

Lisa has authored numerous publications on energy efficiency, demand response, smart grid, distributed generation, renewable resources, transmission, rate design and electricity markets and has presented throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Lisa received an M.S. in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from George Washington University.

Publications

2017
2016
Schwartz, Lisa C.. Overview of Distribution Planning Efforts In Grid Modernization: Distribution Planning Workshop, Minnesota PUC., 2016. Download: Presentation PDF (1.52 MB)
Kahrl, Fredrich, Andrew D. Mills, Luke Lavin, Nancy Ryan, and Arne Olsen. The Future of Electricity Resource Planning In Future Electric Utility Regulation Report Series, Edited by Lisa C. Schwartz. Vol. FEUR Report No. 6., 2016. Abstract  Download: Report PDF (1.96 MB); Presentation PDF (1.31 MB)
Hledik, Ryan, and Jim Lazar. Distribution System Pricing with Distributed Energy Resources In Future Electric Utility Regulation Report Series, Edited by Lisa C. Schwartz. Vol. FEUR Report No. 4., 2016. Abstract  Download: Report PDF (1.52 MB); Presentation PDF (1.03 MB)
Lowry, Mark Newton, and Tim Woolf. Performance-Based Regulation in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future In Future Electric Utility Regulation Report Series, Edited by Lisa C. Schwartz. Vol. FEUR Report No. 3., 2016. Abstract  Download: Report PDF (1.11 MB); Presentation PDF (584.96 KB)
2015
Corneli, Steve, and Steve Kihm. Electric Industry Structure and Regulatory Responses in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future In Future Electric Utility Regulation Report Series, Edited by Lisa C. Schwartz. Vol. FEUR Report No. 1., 2015. Abstract  Download: Report PDF (1.84 MB); Presentation PDF (1.2 MB)
De Martini, Paul, and Lorenzo Kristov. Distribution Systems in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future In Future Electric Utility Regulation Report Series, Edited by Lisa C. Schwartz. Vol. FEUR Report No. 2., 2015. Abstract  Download: Report PDF (2.39 MB); Presentation PDF (1.03 MB)
2014
2013