Publications

A. Peer-reviewed Scientific Articles

A.1. Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

An Assessment of Price Convergence Between Natural Gas and Solar Photovoltaic in the U.S. Electricity Market

Joseph Nyangon, John Byrne, and Job Taminiau (2017). WIREs Energy and Environment.

The U.S. shale boom has exerted downward pressure on natural gas prices nationally, widened oil‐to‐gas price spreads, and accelerated coal‐to‐gas fuel substitution. One concern is the impact of the rising production of shale gas on further development of a domestic solar photovoltaic (PV) market. Specifically, will lower natural gas prices slow or even reverse the current rapid growth in the solar market? Using the Phillips–Sul convergence test, this paper investigates whether the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of solar PV and natural gas electricity generation in the United States have converged. Using weekly Henry Hub‐linked natural gas spot prices and utility PV system prices from 2010 to 2015, empirical tests for convergence are applied to examine the extent of spot market integration and the speed with which market forces move the two energy prices toward equilibrium. The paper also assesses the link between the MAC Solar Energy Index (SUNIDX) and the S&P GSCI natural gas index spot prices for evidence of market integration during 2007–2015. We conclude that PV and natural gas prices are not converging, and the two markets are not integrated nationally, but some level of integration could exist at regional and state levels that will need to be tested in future research. We also conclude that complementary use of the technologies is likely; while price convergence is not likely to occur soon, distinctive complementary benefits of each resource compared to each other (e.g., fast‐start capabilities for gas and low price volatility for PV) will offer opportunities that expand market demand for both. [PDF]

 

The U.S. Shale Gas Revolution and its Implications for International Energy Policy

Joseph Nyangon (2015). Green Monitor: Technology Policy Review (GREEN School).

The shale gas revolution has fundamentally transformed energy markets domestically and abroad. Rising production has led to falling gas and oil prices in the U.S., while Europe, in contrast, is paying four to five times more for its natural gas and becoming one of the biggest importers of U.S. coal. As recently as five or six years ago this turnabout seemed improbable, with many analysts calling for rapid growth in renewable energy investment as the best means by which to wean the nation from its dependence on imported oil. Even then, such investment seemed far-fetched as the liquidity crisis worsened during the 2008-2012 global recession, forcing the federal government to institute stringent fiscal and monetary stimulus to stabilize the financial market and institutions. Taken together, the shale gas revolution represents the maturation of industry-friendly policies started under President Bush and continued during the Obama Administration. These policies supported the introduction of advanced technologies such as hydraulic fracturing, tight-oil extraction, horizontal drilling, innovative industrial software and other digital solutions, which have allowed production companies to economically extract oil and gas from previously inaccessible or financially infeasible shale rock formations with breathtaking speed. Most tantalizingly, this is a story of the triumph of a combination of economics of energy (operating by its own rules of supply and demand), the power of government-funded research and development (R&D), and getting the relationship right between the government and private sectors. [PDF]

 

International Environmental Governance: Lessons from UNEA and Perspectives on the Post-2015 Era

Joseph Nyangon (2014). Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy.

This paper reviews the outcome of the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) held in June 2014 in Nairobi, while developing a political economy account of institutional arrangements of international environmental governance to clarify the potential for, and barriers to effective environmental reform. Multilaterally, international environmental governance continues to exhibit elements of complexity, fragmentation, lack of coordination as well as redundancy. In more critical terms, lack of policy integration between environmental regimes is a concern of environmental governance that the new UNEA should address as a matter of priority. Furthermore, incoherent policy objectives in international environmental law often characterised as a governance patchwork have been criticized for their economic orthodoxies that only serve to marginalize and delegitimize alternative modes of environmental governance. In this regard, a core part of UNEA’s institutional legitimacy depends on its success in coevolving to keep up with environmental challenges as they themselves change, as well as enhancing consensus-based stakeholder engagement, perspectives, and participation on environmental governance. This will be its true litmus test on how it responds coherently and effectively to international environmental governance in a post-2015 development world.

A.2. Book Chapters

Joseph Nyangon and John Byrne (2018). Diversifying Electricity Customer Choice: REVing Up the New York Energy Vision for Polycentric Innovation. In Pavel Tsvetkov (Ed.), Energy Systems and Environment (pp. 3-24). London, UK: IntechOpen, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.76023.

Job Taminiau, Joseph Nyangon, Ariella Shez Lewis, and John Byrne (2017). Sustainable Business Model Innovation: Using Polycentric and Creative Climate Change Governance. In Ziska Fields (Ed.), Collective Creativity for Responsible and Sustainable Business Practice (pp. 140-159). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-1823-5.

Joseph Nyangon, Nabeel Alabbas, and Lawrence Agbemabiese (2017). Entangled Systems at the Energy-Water-Food Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities. In Rao, P. and Patil, Y. (Eds.), Reconsidering the Impact of Climate Change on Global Water Supply, Use, and Management (pp. 144-165). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-1046-8.

B. Other Scientific Publications

B.1. Book Reviews

Joseph Nyangon (2017). Review of Carbon Finance: How Carbon and Stock Markets Are Affected by Energy Prices and Emissions Regulations  by Veld-Merkoulova, Y. and Viteva, S. (Eds.). The Energy Journal. Vol. 38. No. 4.

Joseph Nyangon (2016). Review of Environmental Finance and Investments  by Chesney, M., Gheyssens, J., Pana, A.C., Taschini, L. Financial Analysts Journal. Vol. 72(4).

Joseph Nyangon (2015). Review of Economics of Unconventional Shale Gas Development: Case Studies and Impacts  by Hefley, W.E. and Wang, Y. (Eds.). The Energy Journal. Vol. 37(4), ISSN 0195-6574.

B.2. Working Papers and Policy Briefs

Lawrence Agbemabiese, Joseph Nyangon, Jae-Seung Lee, and John Byrne (2018). Enhancing Climate Finance Readiness: A Review of Selected Investment Frameworks as Tools of Multilevel Governance. SSRN Electronic Journal: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3082542 [PDF]

Annette Brocks, Joseph Nyangon, and Job Taminiau (2016). Utility 2.0: A multi-dimensional review of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and Great Britain’s RIIO utility business models. Report Prepared for the Delaware General Assembly, Energy & Environmental Policy Analysis (EEPA) Services Program. Newark, DE: Center for Energy and Environmental Policy. Republished by [SSRN Electronic Journal].

Job Taminiau, Joseph Nyangon, Ben Attia, and Soojin Shin (2016). Realizing Infrastructure-scale Finance in the Green Bond Market: Scoping Trends. Policy Brief Prepared for the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment, New York, NY. [PDF]

Job Taminiau, Joseph Nyangon, Jeongseok Seo, and Joohee Lee (2016). Urban Energy Transformation through Solar City Strategies. Policy Brief Report Prepared for the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment, New York, NY. [PDF]

B.3. Reports

Joseph Nyangon (2017). Distributed Energy Generation Systems Based on Renewable Energy and Natural Gas Blending: New Business Models for Economic Incentives, Electricity Market Design and Regulatory Innovation. Ph.D. Dissertation. Energy and Environmental Policy, College of Engineering, University of Delaware. PP. 451.  http://udspace.udel.edu/handle/19716/23514

Job Taminiau, John Byrne, Mehul Garg, Joseph Nyangon, Yiyang Lin, and Dustyn Roberts (2017). Automated Monitoring and Verification to Unlock Energy Efficiency Finance: Enhancing Investor Confidence and Customer Trust. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.16069.76001. Report Prepared for the Delaware General Assembly. Newark, DE: CEEP, University of Delaware.

Joseph Nyangon, Hannah Deblauwe, Chris Oster, Soojin Shin, Jing Xu, John Byrne, Job Taminiau, and Michael Chajes (2017). Measuring Urban Sustainability Through Common Indicators and Peer City Benchmarking in Delaware. Report Prepared for the Delaware General Assembly. University of Delaware, Center for Energy & Environmental Policy, May 2017. SSRN Electronic Journal: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3102488 [PDF]

Joseph Nyangon (2016). Synergies of Renewable Energy and Natural Gas in the U.S. Power Sector: Addressing Regulatory Barriers for a New Energy Future, Research Report. Newark, DE: CEEP, University of Delaware.

Nabeel Alabbas and Joseph Nyangon (2016). “Techno-Economic Modeling and Sensitivity Analysis of Costs and Benefits of Renewable Energy Transition for Saudi Arabia: A First Order Analysis.” Report Prepared for the United States Association of Energy Economics (USAEE) Case Competition and sponsored by the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies And Research Center (KAPSARC), 34th North American Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 24, 2016. [Report] [Presentation]

Joseph Nyangon (2012). “Business Value of Long-Term Investment in Green Infrastructure,” White Paper, Report Prepared for EKO Asset Management Partners (Encourage Capital LLC), New York 2012.

Alicia Ahn, Puleng Botlhole, Joseph Daniel, Lauren Hamid-Shapiro, Solomon Kleinman, April Lecato, Kaela Mainsah, Joseph Nyangon, Caruso Park, Haydée Rodriguez, Lacey Shaver, Maxfield Weiss, and Nicholas Young (2012). “Building the First Sustainability Rating System for Local Governments.” Report Prepared for STAR Communities and Columbia University. [PDF] [Video]

Taraf Abu Hamdan, Andi Broffman, Frances Chen, Joseph Daniel, Ursula Fernández Baca, Seonggeun Heo, Joseph Nyangon, Juan Felipe Rengifo-Borrero, Andrea Skinner, Sunserae Smith, Maria Sotero, Desmond Tay (2011). “S4178 New York Solar Development and Jobs Act of 2011—An Environmental Analysis.” Report Prepared for Columbia University. [PDF] [Video]

Taraf Abu Hamdan, Andi Broffman, Frances Chen, Joseph Daniel, Ursula Fernández Baca, Seonggeun Heo, Joseph Nyangon, Juan Felipe Rengifo-Borrero, Andrea Skinner, Sunserae Smith, Maria Sotero, Desmond Tay (2011). “S4178 New York Solar Development and Jobs Act of 2011.” Report Prepared for Columbia University. [PDF] [Video]

C. Publications Intended for Professional Communities

C.1. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Other International Conventions

Vijai Modi, Dana Pillai, and Joseph Nyangon (2008). “Africa Electricity Market: Comparative Analysis of Costs and Benefits of Energy Investment, and Demand Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Columbia University, June 15, 2008.

Alexandra Conliffe, Kati Kulovesi and Joseph Nyangon (2008). “International Conference on Renewable Energy in Africa: 16-18 April 2008”, Renewable Energy in Africa Bulletin, April 21, 2008.

Seem Hajjar, Andrey Vavilov, and Joseph Nyangon (2007). “Fifth Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE),” Warsaw, Poland, November 2007, Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe Bulletin, November 10, 2007.

Karen Alvarenga, Melanie Ashton, Sikina Jinnah, Olivia Pasini, Kunbao Xia, and Joseph Nyangon (2006). “Summary of the Third Conference of the Parties (COP-3) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs),” Earth Negotiations Bulletin. [Website] [PDF]

Asheline Appleton, Harry Jonas, Tallash Kantai, Leila Mead, Hugh Wilkins, and Joseph Nyangon (2007). “Sixth Ordinary Session of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW). AMCOW Bulletin. June 4, 2007. [Website] [PDF]

Nienke Beintema, Leonie Gordon, Atieno Ndomo, and Joseph Nyangon (2007). “10th Meeting of the Poverty Environment Partnership (PEP-10).” Tenth Poverty Environment Partnership Meeting Bulletin. February 10, 2007. [Website] [PDF]

Asheline Appleton, Atieno Ndomo, Lisa Schipper, and Joseph Nyangon (2006). “A Summary Report of the Development and Adaptation Days at the Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention & 2nd Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol.” Development and Adaptation Days Bulletin. November 14, 2006. [Website] [PDF]

Karen Alvarenga, Xenya Cherny, Richard de Ferranti, Leonie Gordon, Leila Mead, Diego Noguera, and Joseph Nyangon (2006). “Third Conference of Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (PIC COP-3).” Earth Negotiations Bulletin. 9-13 October 2006 | Geneva, Switzerland [Website] [PDF]

Karen Alvarenga, Asheline Appleton, Melanie Ashton, Peter Wood, and Joseph Nyangon (2006). “First International Conference of Parliamentarians on the Sustainable Management of Central African Forest Ecosystems.” First Parliamentarians Conference on SFM in the Congo Basin Bulletin, October 25, 2006. [Website] [PDF]

D. Publications Intended for the General Public

D.1. Popular Writings

Joseph Nyangon. California’s Bold Solar Energy VisionThe Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment, New York, NY, June 11, 2018.

Job Taminiau, and Joseph Nyangon. Post-Paris Agreement: FREE’S Focus on Subnational Climate ActionThe Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment, New York, NY, January 15, 2016.

Joseph Nyangon. China’s Cap-and-Trade DecisionsThe Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment, New York, NY, February 24, 2016. [Energy Central]

Joseph Nyangon. Why the U.S. Urgently Needs to Invest in a Modern Energy System, The Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment. Republished in Energy Central, New York, September 15, 2015.

Joseph Nyangon. Mobilizing Public and Private Capital for Clean Energy Financing, The Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment. Republished in Energy Central, New York, April 4, 2015.

Joseph Nyangon. Overview of Obama’s Budget Proposal for Clean Energy and Climate Investments, The Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment. Republished in Energy Central, February 17, 2015.

Joseph Nyangon. Europe Loses Billions in Badly Sited Renewable Power Plants, Energy Central, January 26, 2015.

Joseph Nyangon. Impacts of Shale Boom in the U.S. and Beyond, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware. Republished in the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment and Energy Central, February 10, 2015.

Joseph Nyangon. Drivers of Clean Energy Finance, Project Management Institute, March 13, 2012.

Joseph Nyangon. Rebalancing the Economics of GreeningProject Management Institute, January 7, 2012.

Joseph Nyangon. Cited in “Green Growth,” In Stay Ahead of the Competition: Using Market Intelligence to Shape Your Portfolio, PM Network, Project Management Institute, Vol. 25 No. 12, ISSN 1040-8754, December 16, 2011.

Joseph Nyangon. The Self-Organizing Smarts of Sustainable CitiesProject Management Institute, September 26, 2011.


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