Full Name
Scott Strenfel
Job Title
Director - Meteorology Operations and Fire Science
Pacific Gas and Electric
Speaker Bio
Scott is a utility-weather and fire-weather subject matter expert and has been involved in utility operations for over a decade. He currently directs the Meteorology Operations and Fire Science teams at PG&E and is the Chief Meteorologist during emergency activations. He leads a team of operational meteorologists and experts in meteorological modeling, cloud computing and data science. His team is responsible for developing, deploying, maintaining, and improving meteorological and utility-specific operational models (e.g., wind-outage and Fire Potential Index) for operational decision making. Scott oversees and participates in internal and external utility-weather research projects and serves on an Industry Advisory Board for an academic-industry research collaborative. He regularly interfaces with regulators and authors sections of regulatory wildfire mitigation and financial filings. In 2018, Scott was selected by PG&E employees and senior leadership as the champion of PG&E’s Spark innovation challenge, and his team was awarded the Margaret Mooney Innovation Award for work related to solar forecasting. Prior to PG&E, Scott worked at Sonoma Technology Inc., and researched the efficacy of satellite-based fire detection systems and modeled emissions from wildfires. Scott holds a B.S. and a M.S. in Meteorology and was one of the first graduates from the San Jose State Fire Weather Research Laboratory.
Scott Strenfel