Laura Wisland is a California Clean Energy Analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists in Berkeley. In this position which she has held since 2008, she analyzes and advocates for clean renewable energy policies pertaining to implementation of California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard and AB 32 greenhouse gas reduction efforts.
Laura focuses on developing state policies that will effectively increase the amount of renewable energy used in California. She provides technical and policy analysis to legislative and regulatory agencies to successfully guide implementation of the state’s renewables electricity standard and designs effective electricity sector climate change policies in accordance with the state’s landmark global warming bill.
Prior to coming to UCS, Laura was the Director of the California Hydropower Reform Coalition where she helped design several state and federal policies to reduce the environmental impacts of California’s existing network of hydropower dams. She also worked for the energy division of the California Public Utilities Commission on implementation of the Renewables Portfolio Standard and for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where she helped develop new demand response programs for the California ancillary services market.