Exploring Renewable Energy Options

Hermosa Beach, California

Featured image for the project, Exploring Renewable Energy Options

Photo courtesy of Neil Kremer


The Challenge

The City of Hermosa Beach, California is a small beach community nestled within greater Los Angeles. The City has established aggressive carbon reduction goals for the municipality and is currently establishing a community carbon-reduction goal through its General Plan Update.

Hermosa Beach would like to assess the potential renewable energy generating capacity of the city. Given the Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (MORe) law and that solar and wind renewable energy is already possible, the city would like to consider other types of renewable energy types, such as anaerobic digestion and wave energy.


Hermosa Beach Project Supported By Early Career Scientist

Work on the TEX-Hermosa Beach project has officially begun! Lon Peters will work with the community lead, Kristy Morris, to conduct a study of feasible renewable energy technologies for Hermosa Beach to consider as it pursues its carbon neutrality goals.

Additionally, the project team welcomed a new collaborator this month, Abhishek Rao. Abhishek is a recent graduate of the solar energy engineering Master’s program at Arizona State University and currently works as a PV system design engineer for Sunrun, Inc. He joins the project team through the TEX Community Science Training Program, a new effort by TEX to enable individual students and early career scientists the opportunity to volunteer their time to support selected TEX projects. Abhishek will work directly with Lon on this community science project and learn how to connect his expertise to address local concerns and provide momentum toward local solutions. He looks forward to working directly with the city of Hermosa Beach and hopes to reproduce the results of this collaboration in other cities and communities.

Lon and Abhishek’s work will be supplemented by two independent research projects conducted by students at the University of California, Los Angeles. A group of undergraduate students will be exploring policy guidance and regulatory requirements related to solar, anaerobic digestion, wind and tidal energy generation for a capstone project. Meanwhile, students at the Anderson School of Business will study financial incentives to support small investments in renewable energy within Hermosa Beach. Although these projects will run parallel to and independently of the TEX project, the three teams will meet this winter to coordinate assumptions and ensure that no conflicts are present in the final products submitted to the city.

All work is expected to conclude in March 2017.

Hermosa Beach TEX team holds first in-person meeting

Hermosa Beach Project Launch

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Project Team

Community Lead

Kristy Morris

Dr. Kristy Morris is a consensus building, creative problem solver who employs her strong leadership skill to effect environmental change. Kristy manages and implements a wide range of programs and plans for the City of Hermosa Beach, including the Municipal Carbon Neutral Plan that sets an aggressive goal for the City’s facilities and operations to be carbon neutral by 2020. To achieve this, Kristy is exploring a range of energy efficiency, green technology and carbon reduction measures. In addition, Kristy manages the City’s solid waste and recycling programs, stormwater pollution prevention programs and water conservation programs. Kristy spends most of her leisure time in the ocean and advocates passionately about pollution prevention. Kristy earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia, investigating rapid methods to organic pollutants in wastewater. She also earned a Bachelor of Science with first class honors, from Griffith University.

Scientific Liaison

Lon Peters

Dr. Lon Peters is the President of Northwest Economic Research, LLC, located in Pasadena, California. Lon has been actively involved in the electric utility industry for over thirty years, and recently retired from the position of Integrated Resources Planning Administrator at Glendale Water and Power in Glendale, California. His past and current work includes compliance with California’s renewable portfolio standards, making the transition away from carbon-intensive energy supplies, long-term planning and short-term energy transactions, litigation support, and risk management. Lon has a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.

TEX Community Science Assistant


Abhishek Rao is on a mission to help power the Earth with renewables. He is always in search of challenges in the field where he can put his creative and analytical skills to good use, and actively seeks out opportunities to advocate for clean energy. He has previously worked on the U.S. DOE SunShot Initiative, and has published research in scientific journals, international conferences, and in an encyclopedia for young adults on solar energy. He currently designs rooftop solar systems for Sunrun, Inc. in California and has helped over 200 American homes derive their energy from the sun. Abhishek holds a Master’s in solar energy engineering, business and policy from Arizona State University. When he is not thinking about his mission, Abhishek likes to read, write, and attend indie folk concerts.