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September 2015


Rodica DonaldsonRodica Donaldson
Senior Analyst with EDF Renewable Energy
and former Officer of NCAC

Affiliation and years of experience in energy and/or environment:

I started working in the energy field 7 years ago when I joined EDF Group, a French utility with a large international presence (it's actually the world's largest power company in terms of generated electricity) and covering every aspect of the power sector from generation (nuclear, renewables,..) to transmission and distribution, and trading. It was actually my first job as a young graduate after a series of internships in non-energy fields, and also my first job in the U.S. (I was born and raised in Europe). I still remember the excitement of the first few days as a power market analyst and guess 7 years, I am still as excited and passionate about this industry. Individually, our roles may be limited (sometimes to spreadsheets, data gathering and rule reading) but collectively our industry has a real impact on people's lives and sustains a nation's economic growth and quality of life.

Any particular achievement/interest in energy/environment you would like to mention?

I joined EDF Renewable Energy in 2012 and have since worked on topics like renewable integration and grid congestion. We are using a very sophisticated production cost simulation model to assess transmission and congestion risks for our projects. It has been quite a journey to develop my modeling skills and expertise, and it feels like an achievement to have the deep understanding of the power markets that comes with simulating a power market based on a myriad set of assumptions on supply stack, demand growth, fuel prices etc...

In your opinion, what are important economic/policy issues facing the energy industry nowadays?

I think the greatest challenge for our industry is to determine the right set of today's actions for tomorrow and many years to come. There will always be bad choices, bad policies and conflicting interests but we need to face and address the issues that come up with necessary reform and changes. Growing global demand and climate change will require huge investments from the industry but those cannot happen without appropriate market signals.

How long have you been a member of NCAC? Any particular NCAC memory you would like to share with us?

I started attending NCAC luncheons in 2008 and it's been the best thing ever for me as a young professional, new to the city and the industry. NCAC is really a great association where you can learn and discuss with other seasoned or young professionals of diverse backgrounds and experiences, while developing friendships and a professional network. It is also a place where you get what you give in the sense that you are never too young to volunteer, be part of the NCAC council and grow in leadership. I have many great memories from my several years as a council member and Officer of NCAC; fieldtrips are fun and educative.