Heather Sanders

Heather Sanders was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown in August 2017 to serve as a special advisor at the California Public Utilities Commission. In this role Ms. Sanders helps advance the Governor’s energy and environmental agenda by advising the commission on technical matters. She acts as the interconnection ombudsman helping facilitate interconnection of distributed energy resources. Previously, Ms. Sanders was principal manager of integrated grid strategy and engagement at Southern California Edison. Within electric system planning, her team is focused on planning the subtransmission system, environmental licensing, and strategic engagement to promote grid modernization. Previously, she held multiple roles at the California Independent System Operator in regulatory policy and smart grid technology and strategy. While at the ISO, she jointly led several road mapping efforts with the CPUC and CEC. These roadmaps outline needed actions to advance California energy and environment objectives with publications focused on Energy Storage, Demand Response and Energy Efficiency, and Vehicle Grid Integration. Prior to the ISO, she worked in the software and consulting business including Accenture, APX, and the Structure to help facilitate wholesale energy market participation. Ms. Sanders is a member of the DOE Electricity Advisory Committee and GridWise Architecture Council and serves on the committee for DistribuTech. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and a MBA from the University of Utah.