Dr. Sheffrin has thirty years of management experience in the electric utility industry. Prior to teaching at Tulane University, Sheffrin served as the Chief Economist for the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) which manages the California power grid and its $12 billion wholesale electricity markets. Her responsibilities included designing of new products and services to improve market performance and grid reliability. She was the Market Monitor during the Enron crisis and formulated the analysis showing how the energy markets were manipulated. Sheffrin represented the company before regulators such as the Federal Regulatory Commission, Western Electricity Coordinating Council and Public Utilities Commission.
Prior to joining the CAISO, Sheffrin served as Manager of Power System Planning at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), leading a department of 40 transmission planning engineers, generation engineers, statisticians, and financial analysts. She conducted the strategic analysis of the closure of Rancho Seco nuclear plant and implemented a plan for replacement power sources. She founded the Advanced, Renewable & Distributed. Generation Technologies program at SMUD.
Energy and Environmental Economics
Energy Seminar on the Challenges and Opportunities in Electric Power Industry
Education & Affiliations
Ph.D. in Economics, University of California Davis.