Power & Future Utilities

Utilities of the Future: What to Expect Across the Energy Value Chain. Researching the impacts of aggressive energy market policies to the power system using dynamic and multi-regional econometric models, particularly renewable energy and natural gas markets.

Technical & Economic Analyses

Quantitative, Qualitative & Statistical Analyses. Evaluating the technical and economic potentials of renewable energy resources available for electricity generation to support policy decisions and enable deeper insights in both the private and public sectors.

Data Analytics & Modeling

Leveraging Data, Analytics & Technology. Bringing data analytics, modeling tools and technological innovation to make well-informed strategic, tactical, and operational decisions e.g., energy policy stringency evaluations and market design solutions of engineering systems.

Dr. Joseph Nyangon is an energy economist, strategic advisor and author who advises clients on all aspects of energy infrastructure and project finance within the asset-intensive industries like energy, oil and gas, utilities, rail, transit, and related industries. He is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy of the University of Delaware and a non-resident fellow of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. He is also a research fellow in the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy in the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and at the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE). His practice focuses on applying engineering concepts and methods of policy analysis to a wide variety of areas, primarily engineering economic systems and analysis, environmental and energy economics, econometric analysis, public economics, technological change, and energy & climate policy modeling.

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, including 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 Utilities 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 Utilities of the Future study include Diversifying Electricity Customer Choice: REVing Up the New York Energy Vision for Polycentric Innovation; Estimating the Impacts of Natural Gas Growth on Utility Choices of Distributed Solar Photovoltaic; 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 a Ph.D. and two master’s degrees focusing on engineering economic systems, public policy, and energy economics from Columbia University in the City of New York, the University of Delaware, the University of Greenwich, 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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