• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Sergej Mahnovski

Edison International

Managing Director, Strategy, Innovation and Technology

Sergej Mahnovski leads Edison International’s corporate ventures and strategic planning teams, and is focused on identifying disruptive technologies and business models to achieve carbon neutrality in California through clean energy, electrification, and reimagining the grid. Sergej previously served as the Director of the Utility of the Future team at Consolidated Edison. Sergej also served as the Director of the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability and head of energy policy for NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where his team was responsible for citywide energy, sustainability, and resilience strategy and was awarded the Citizens Budget Commission Prize for Public Service Innovation. Sergej has served as Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He was previously Director for the Global Power Group at IHS CERA and Doctoral Fellow at RAND Corporation. Sergej holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.A. in History from Stanford University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School.

Sessions With Sergej Mahnovski

Thursday, 9 March

  • 12:30pm - 01:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2023 06:30 pm - 09/mar/2023 07:10 pm

    Powering the Future: Digital Solutions for a Resilient, Secure, and Low-Carbon Grid

    Power grid operations are increasingly challenging as the landscape becomes more complex from both the supply and demand side. Accelerating decarbonization of the energy systems, growing electrification of the energy demand and the entry of multiple, decentralized sources of generation raise issues to networks that are often obsolete and unprepared to accommodate this change. Grid reliability and resilience is however key to the functioning of the world’s economies, and emerging technology solutions have the potential to optimize and improve the operation of existing assets while power systems go through modernization. AI, edge computing and IoT are some of the new technologies with application to the electric grid. What progress has been made in the digitalization of grid operations? What challenges have been encountered in this process? What are the outstanding issues to be addressed as the grid quickly transforms itself?