Dr. Joseph Nyangon is an energy economist with a background in energy engineering and energy systems. He is a postdoctoral researcher in energy policy, economics and innovation with the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware where he is researching overarching trends shaping the U.S. electricity markets. He is also a research fellow at the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment and a nonresident fellow at the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. His practice centers on investigating the economic impacts of energy and environmental stringencies using dynamic and multi-regional econometric models.

Dr. Nyangon’s doctoral research focused on restructured electricity market design and regulatory innovation for a distributed utilities future in top solar energy producing states such as California, North Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, New Jersey, Utah, Massachusetts, Georgia, Texas, and New York. He also evaluated resource adequacy and capacity market design models that blend renewable energy and natural gas resources in the PJM Intercontinental, Midcontinent independent system operator, Texas’ ERCOT, and New York regional electricity markets as well as evaluating various competitive utility business models that have emerged to incentivize distributed energy generation. He has worked at the leading edge of the Utility of the Future discourse, assessing alternative utility regulation and pioneering grid modernization models like New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision process and Great Britain’s RIIO (Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs), the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets’ framework for setting price controls for utility network companies operating in the electricity and downstream natural gas markets.

Recent notable publications (co-authored or co-edited) related to the Utility of the Future study include Diversifying Electricity Customer Choice: REVing Up the New York Energy Vision for Polycentric Innovation; Estimating the Effects of Natural Gas Prices and Utility Uses on the Installed Solar Capacity Development: Implications for Distributed Utility Markets in PJM Interconnection; An Assessment of Price Convergence Between Natural Gas and Solar Photovoltaic in the U.S. Electricity Market; and Entangled Systems at the Energy-Water-Food Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities. Among other industry awards and honors, he is a co-recipient of the 2016 First Prize Award for excellence in the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) and the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) Case Competition.

Dr. Nyangon holds two master’s degrees and a PhD in areas related to energy economics, energy engineering systems, public policy, applied computing and informatics from Columbia University and University of Delaware, and has a bachelor’s of science degree in engineering. Previously, he was a consultant at the United Nations in New York and has been a TED fellow. Prior to that post he was an observer for the Canadian-based International Institute for Sustainable Development at the United Nations climate negotiations.


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