Senior Policy Analyst
Gillian Charles is a senior policy analyst specializing in identification and assessment of generating resources and technology alternatives for the Council’s regional power plans. Her expertise includes developing assumptions on cost, potential, performance, environmental impacts, financing, and construction of resources that are used as inputs for the Council’s various modeling tools. Gillian joined the Council in January 2008. Gillian graduated from the University of Oregon in June 2007 with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor degree in Computer Information Technology.
Gillian's recent news posts
California’s 100 Percent Clean Energy Act, Part 2The Council's preliminary analysis sheds light on the implications of California’s new legislation in terms of resource development, carbon emissions, and wholesale electricity prices in the Pacific Northwest and greater West-wide region.
California’s 100 Percent Clean Energy GoalThe impact of California's aggressive clean energy goal has far-reaching ramifications for the Northwest and beyond. The Council is assessing how it could affect the power system.
Northwest Carbon Footprint Is Low and Getting LowerThe electricity sector is the primary source of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S., followed closely by the transportation sector. Together, they account for close to 70 percent of the nation’s emissions.
Wind Generation Today and Where It May Be HeadingModern-day wind turbines are becoming more efficient and productive. If technical advances continue and the cost of wind power declines, opportunities for new wind power development are significant.
Building on a Legacy Resource
It may be America’s “forgotten” resource, but here in the Pacific Northwest, hydropower is very much remembered and valued.