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Dr. Joseph Nyangon is an energy economist with a background in energy engineering and energy systems. He is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware where he is researching overarching trends shaping the design and operations of electricity markets—how the rapid proliferation of intermittent renewable energy resources affect the design and operations of power systems, and the need for proactive regulatory reforms to establish an efficient and evolving power system. He is also research fellow at the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE). His practice centers on investigating the economic impacts of energy and environmental policies using dynamic and multi-regional econometric models. He frequently writes commentaries and expert opinions on electricity market design and policy analysis of Regional Transmission Organization (RTO), Independent System Operators (ISOs), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), investor-owned utilities, and state regulatory commissions.

Dr. Nyangon wrote his Ph.D. thesis on electricity market design and regulatory innovation for incentivizing distributed generation in 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 PJM, Midcontinent, ERCOT, and New York ISO markets as well as evaluating various competitive business models that have emerged to incentivize distributed utilities. In addition, Dr. Nyangon has worked at the leading edge of the Utility of the Future, assessing alternative utility regulation and pioneering grid modernization models like New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) process and Great Britain’s RIIO (Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs), Ofgem’s framework for setting price controls for utility network companies. Other work related to the Utility of the Future includes co-authoring a journal article assessing price convergence between natural gas and solar photovoltaic in the U.S. electricity market and a published report on utility performance incentive mechanisms for the REV process.

Dr. Nyangon holds two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. 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. For his work, he was awarded a First Prize Award in energy economics by the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE).


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