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You Spin Me Right Round: Offshore Wind in California

Taking advantage of an off day. Matt Miccioli and Grayson Assa on the Summit of Higher Cathderal Spire, Yosemite Valley. (photo credit: Matt Miccioli).

By Matt Miccioli BS '19, MS '20

Hometown: Nashville, Tennesse
Intern, California Energy Commission

 

 

 

Why did you want to do this internship?

I have worked on climate and energy issues in both academia and at NGOs, and I wanted to gain government experience.

How does your role support the host organization's mission?

Since its nascence, the CEC (California Energy Commission) has represented the major permitting organization for energy projects in the state. In recent years, it has also taken a more active role in helping to facilitate the development of zero carbon and renewable technology. Working in the office of Commissioner Douglas, I have supported outreach efforts to understand energy issues within California Native tribes and helped investigate the state's potential for offshore wind energy.

How would you describe one of the projects you will be working on this summer?

I am preparing a background paper for a conference on California offshore wind development that will analyze the global market and provide a summary of local development plans and outreach efforts.

How does this project relate to your studies and/or career goals?

As an atmosphere & energy student, I plan to devote my career to just and equitable deep decarbonization. Offshore wind energy will represent a key portion of California's clean generation portfolio.

Has anything surprised you about the work, the organization, or the environment?

The brutalist architecture of the building has grown on me.

 

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