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Kristen Nicole

Ms. Kristen M Nicole is a solar energy and power systems industry professional with Gridco Systems, a Boston-based startup developing dynamic power distribution solutions. Ms. Nicole has worked with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Sentech (now SRA International) and the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Program (Solar America and SunShot Initiatives) promoting R&D in systems integration, PV codes and standards, high penetration solar grid integration in distribution systems, solar resource characterization (including forecasting and variability) and aggregated PV in transmission system planning and operations. Prior to this focus, Ms. Nicole was working with utilities and regulatory bodies on behalf of the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, Inc., responsible for client management, business development and strategic marketing initiatives in public-private partnerships, industrial regulation and utility management in the energy, water, telecommunications and transportation sectors. She also has previous experiences with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of Energy EIA, and the U.S. Peace Corps in Bangladesh. Ms. Nicole holds an MBA in Accounting and Strategic Management from George Washington University. She holds a BA in International Relations, focused in International Economics and Business in East Asia-China from Boston University. Ms. Nicole is a member of the IEEE, sits on the board of Drop of Solar and holds a leadership position in Women in Solar (solwomen.org) to promote the involvement of women in the solar industry. She holds a seat on the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Renewable Energy Committee and is involved with numerous industry working groups. She is also an alumni representative for the International School of Beijing (ISB) in Beijing, China. Specialties: solar energy, photovoltaics (PV), renewables integration, power systems and variable generation grid integration, distributed renewables, solar resource forecasting and variability, grid reliability and utility management, interoperability, energy and environmental economics, renewable energy policy, China, international relations and development, strategic management consulting, infrastructure project management, East and South Asian affairs, public-private partnerships (PPPs)