Senior Partner, E3 - Energy and Environmental Economics

San Francisco, CA

Arne Olson leads E3’s Bulk Energy Infrastructure practice helping clients navigate changes to bulk electric system operations and investment needs brought about by increasing policy and market interest in clean and renewable energy production.

He has led a number of landmark studies of the feasibility and cost of achieving deep decarbonization and high renewable penetration goals for electric utilities, including studies of 100% renewable and net zero energy systems in New England, California, the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest. Mr. Olson has also led the development of E3’s industry-leading resource planning software including the RESOLVE model that develops optimal portfolios of renewable, conventional and energy storage resources, and the RECAP model that calculates Loss-of-Load Probability and related statistics to ensure that power systems can meet load reliably under high renewable penetrations.

Mr. Olson has 25 years of experience in energy analysis, and he is a frequent speaker at energy conferences on the role renewable energy will play in decarbonizing the grid. His clients include utilities, asset owners, market operators, government agencies and environmental organizations. Prior to joining E3 in 2002, he served for six years in the Energy Policy Division of the Washington State Energy Office and its successor agencies.

Mr. Olson holds an MS in International energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania and the Institut Français du Pétrole. He also earned a BS in statistics, and a BS in mathematical sciences from the University of Washington.

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