Bethany A. (Corcoran) Frew

PhD Student
Atmosphere/Energy Program
Stanford University

Email: bethany.frew@stanford.edu

Atmosphere / Energy Program
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy (Y2E2) Building
473 Via Ortega, Room 390A
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305, USA



I am a PhD student in the Stanford University Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Atmosphere/Energy Program. My research aims to understand how to best organize the contiguous United States electric grid to maximize the amount of renewable energy. My first objective is to quantify the effects of aggregating electric load from various Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regions. My second objective is to find the least-cost portfolio of generators, storage, and transmission that meet the load with a given renewable energy target, both for a fully interconnected US system and for each FERC region operating independently. These results will then be compared to determine the effects of aggregating electric load and renewable resouces from the FERC regions and give insight into the most economical organizational structure of the contiguous U.S. electric grid. My advisor is Mark Z. Jacobson.

Outside of research, I am the leader for a wind energy project in Redwood City through the Stanford Solar and Wind Energy Project (SWEP) student organization. The goal of this project is to determine if winds near Redwood City would yield cost-effective large-scale wind energy generation. I also served as a founding member and the first President (2008-2009).

I received my BS from The Ohio State University in June 2007 in Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, with a minor in International Studies. During my undergraduate career, I worked extensively with biofuels and bio-based energy. In 2008, I completed my MS at Stanford University in the Atmosphere/Energy Program.



Publications

Becker, S., B.A. Frew, G.B. Andresen, T. Zeyer, S. Schramm, M. Greiner, and M.Z. Jacobson (2014). Features of a Fully Renewable US Electricity System: Optimized Mixes of Wind and Solar PV and Transmission Grid Extensions. Energy, 72, 443–458. doi: 10.1016/j.energy.2014.05.067.

Dvorak, M.J., B.A. Corcoran, J.E. Ten Hoeve, N.G. McIntyre, and M.Z. Jacobson (2013). US East Coast Offshore Wind Energy Resources and Their Relationship to Peak-Time Electricity Demand. Wind Energy, 16:977-997. doi: 10.1002/we.1524.

Corcoran, B.A., N. Jenkins, & M.Z. Jacobson (2012). Effects of Aggregating Electric Load in the United States. Energy Policy, 46, 399-416. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.03.079.



Conference Presentations

2013 and 2012 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting (San Francisco, CA) December 5, 2012, "Optimizing the U.S. Electric System with a High Penetration of Renewables"

2012 Stanford University TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, Optimized Distribution Systems for High Penetration of Renewables Smart Grid Workshop, "Optimizing the Integration of Renewable Energy into the U.S. Electric Grid"

2011 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting (San Francisco, CA) December 8, 2011 "US East Coast Offshore Wind Energy Resources and Their Relationship to Peak-Time Electricity Demand"

2010 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting (San Francisco, CA) December 16, 2010, "Optimizing Aggregation Scenarios for Integrating Renewable Energy into the U.S. Electric Grid"

2010 Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Annual Meeting (Austin, TX) November 8, 2010, "Optimizing Aggregation Scenarios for Integrating Renewable Energy into the U.S. Electric Grid"



Other Presentations

Stanford University ENERGY 291: Optimization of Energy Systems course lecture: "Optimizing the Integration of Renewable Energy into the US Electric Grid," 2013

Aarhus University, Denmark, Department of Engineering, Renewable Energy Systems Seminar: "Optimizing a Highly Renewable Future US Electric System," 2012

Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto Colloquia: "Optimizing a Highly Renewable Future US Electric System," 2012



Teaching Experience

Winter 2009, CEE 064/263D “Air Pollution: From Urban Smog to Global Change," Teaching Assistant
Prepared and gave 3 lectures, led 5 review sessions and weekly office hours, graded, and actively sought constructive feedback from Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning



Honors

1 of 20 participants selected university-wide for Stanford University Woods Institute for the Environment’s Rising Environmental Leaders Program, including leadership development and science policy trip to Washington, D.C., 2013

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award Winner, 2009
"EVs with PVs: An Analysis of Electric Vehicle Integration at Stanford University Using Solar PV Panels"
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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2007

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Research Fellow, 2007

Morris K. Udall Scholar, 2006



Previous Conference Proceedings

2008 American Society of Agricultural and Biologcial Engineers (ASABE) Annual Meeting (Providence, RI)
"Cellulosic Ethanol from Sugarcane Bagasse Using Rumen Microorganisms"
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2006 American Society of Agricultural and Biologcial Engineers (ASABE) Annual Meeting (Portland, OR)
"Use of Landfill Leachate to Generate Electricity in Microbial Fuel Cells"
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