Biography

Dr. Joseph Nyangon is an energy systems economist with an engineering education and more than 15 years of experience in power and utilities innovation. He is a Senior Energy Economist/Research Fellow ​at the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE) as well as a Senior Researcher (Postdoctoral)​ in Energy Economics and Engineering Systems at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) at the University of Delaware where he leads the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)- and the Delaware General Assembly-funded research efforts on the overarching trends shaping electric power systems worldwide, including the rapid proliferation of distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar photovoltaics (PV), electricity market transformations, and proactive regulatory reforms to support net-zero emissions energy innovations. Dr. Nyangon is a ​Non-​Resident ​Fellow of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines and a Research Fellow in the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. His practice focuses on applying analytics and optimization-based econometric models, including machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques, to evaluate low-carbon electricity systems and generate insights to improve utility operations, policy design, risk pricing strategies, and power system planning decisions.

Dr. Nyangon’s doctoral dissertation focused on restructured electricity market design and regulatory innovation for distributed generation development in top solar energy-producing states 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 energy technologies in the PJM Interconnection and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) as well as evaluating new utility business models for incentivizing DERs. 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) in the utilities of the future domain include Diversifying Electricity Customer Choice: REVing Up the New York Energy Vision for Polycentric Innovation; Estimating the Impacts of Natural Gas Growth on Solar Electricity Generation: A Case Study of Experience in the PJM TerritoryAn Assessment of Price Convergence Between Natural Gas and Solar Photovoltaic in the U.S. Electricity Market; and Tackling the Risk of Stranded Electricity Assets with Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.  Among other industry awards, honors, and fellowships, his work has been recognized and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE), the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), Environmental Defence Fund (EDF), among others. Dr. Nyangon earned a Ph.D. and two masters’ degrees focusing on energy systems engineering, computing systems, 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 in science and engineering degree. 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 (IISD) at the United Nations climate negotiations.


 

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