2021 Fellow: Emily Klingaman, ’22 (Environmental Systems Engineering)

This fellowship is part of a partnership between Stanford in Government, the Precourt Institute for Energy, and the Bill Lane Center for the American West. If you are accepted as the fellow for this office, you will be required to complete a one-unit course on energy in California taught by Professors Bruce Cain and Sally Benson during Spring Quarter. Please refer to the Shultz Energy Fellowships website for full program requirements.

Office Description: 

The California State Water Project (SWP) is a water storage and delivery system of reservoirs, aqueducts, power plants, and pumping plants extending more than 700 miles—two-thirds the length of California. Though the primary purpose of the SWP is water supply, the project produces hydroelectric power to operate pumping facilities required to move water from Northern to Southern California, and also sells power when it generates a surplus of electricity. 

The State Water Project Power and Risk Office (PARO) provides a reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible power portfolio that enables the SWP to meet its water delivery and regulatory obligations. As one of the largest water systems in the world, the SWP requires a significant amount of energy and transmission to reliably deliver water throughout the State. In fulfilling this function, DWR supports the Governor’s vision and Executive Orders as well as legislation regarding renewable energy and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).  DWR was the first state agency to adopt a Climate Action Plan memorializing its aggressive goals and methodologies for GHG reduction.

Potential Projects: 

Conduct feasibility planning studies related to SB49 to improve SWP operational strategy: The State Water Project is assessing the feasibility of integrating renewables into its power portfolio in response to Senate Bill 49. The Water and Energy Efficiency Branch at PARO will be performing an assessment for the viability of integrating Solar and Battery Storage at SWP Pumping Plants. The study will include modeling changes to SWP operational strategies that would better utilize the on-site Solar and Battery Storage. The assessment will include fatal Flaw Analysis, site assessment, integration technologies, economic viability, and power market assessments.

Desired skills:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Quick and eager learner
  • Flexible to adapt to changing priorities
  • Good common sense and ability to perceive appropriate decorum in a variety of settings, from meetings with Governor’s Office staff, legislative committees to interaction with the State Water Contractors.


  • George Baldini, Chief, Water and Energy Efficiency Branch

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