Silvia Palma-Rojas, PhD | AIChE

Silvia Palma-Rojas, PhD

Data and Analytics Unit, California Energy Commission

Dr. Palma-Rojas leads the Data and Analytics unit at the California Energy Commission’s Renewable Energy Division. Her unit oversees the data modernization and analytics efforts at the Division, which supports the state programs in renewable energy and climate change. During 2015-2020, she was a program manager at the Research Division, leading the research portfolio in wind and solar energy. Under that role, she was able to create an offshore wind (OSW) research portfolio and select the first OSW research projects focused on technology innovation funded through the main CEC’s research program. She also supported the research portfolio in renewable energy forecasting, bioenergy, and small hydropower. Before the Energy Commission, Dr. Palma-Rojas worked as an economist consultant in international organizations, life cycle assessment expert in Brazilian Federal Government agencies, and researcher in the Departments of Economics and Engineering of the University of Brasilia, Brazil. Dr. Palma-Rojas holds a PhD in Economics and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, with +18 years of experience in energy economics, technology innovation in renewable energy, circular economy, and life cycle assessment.