Gigio Sakota is Sr. Director of Energy Markets at Avantus (formerly 8minute Solar Energy), the largest independent solar and solar plus storage power developer in the United States. Gigio is focused on the CAISO, WECC in general and ERCOT, especially on the evolving role and demands of the utility scale PV and battery energy storage systems in the western markets. Prior to Avantus, Gigio was at Southern California Edison (SCE) where he was responsible for optimization of SCE’s wholesale market energy assets, including one of the nation’s largest renewable and storage portfolios. Over the past 16yrs, Gigio has worked in a range of roles, from long term resource planning to trade floor operations and bidding strategy, including stints in regulatory advocacy, portfolio planning, and resource economics. Gigio holds degrees in physics from Occidental College and mechanical engineering from UCLA.
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