Biography

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller

Dr. Joseph Nyangon is an energy economist with an engineering education, TED Fellow, and an advocate for low-carbon energy transitions. His practice centers on energy and environmental economics, renewable energy and natural gas partnership, integrated resource strategic planning, and electric regulation, market design, and policy issues. He has supported public and private clients in energy policy analysis and econometric modeling of electricity markets. 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.

He has directed electricity market design analysis and dynamic econometric modeling of policy effectiveness of renewable portfolio standard (RPS), net metering, and feed-in tariffs in the United States, especially the top ten states with the fastest growth in solar energy generation capacity (e.g., California, North Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, New Jersey, Utah, Massachusetts, Georgia, Texas, and New York). In this study, he developed resource adequacy and capacity market design models that blend renewable energy and natural gas options, analyzed competitive conduct in electric power markets and the effects of flexible natural-gas-fired generation on renewable electricity expansion. He has also explored the benefits of electric grid flexibility in meeting environmental and carbon emissions policy goals in the context of the Paris Agreement on climate change and evolving energy market transformations.

Dr. Nyangon actively participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations on issues such as climate change, energy finance, and technology transfer as an observer for the Canadian-based International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). An active writer and public speaker, he received the TEDGlobal Fellowship (2007), Columbia University’s Dean’s Environmental Science and Policy Fellowship (2011), MIT’s Sloan School of Management Center for Collective Intelligence Climate Colab Fellowship (2015), Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps (2015), International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) First Prize Award in energy economics sponsored by the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Center (KAPSARC) (2016), and several awards and fellowships at the University of Delaware (2014-2017).

Dr. Nyangon earned a Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy (Engineering Economic Systems) from the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering; an M.P.A. in Environmental Policy from Columbia University; an M.Sc. in Computing Systems and Engineering from the University of Greenwich; and a B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Nairobi.

 

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