Biography

Dr. Joseph Nyangon is a ​Postdoctoral ​R​esearch​ Fellow​ in Energy Economics and Engineering Systems at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy ​(CEEP) ​of the University of Delaware and a ​N​on-​R​esident ​F​ellow of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. He is also a ​R​esearch ​Fellow in the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) ​at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, as well ​as an Energy Economist/Research Fellow ​at the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE). His practice focuses on applying engineering concepts and methods of policy analysis to engineering systems and analysis, energy and environmental economics, econometric modeling, technological change, and energy and climate policy.

Dr. Nyangon’s doctoral dissertation focused on restructured electricity market design and regulatory innovation for distributed electric utility development 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 Interconnection, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) as well as evaluating new 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 U.S. Natural Gas Growth on Electricity Generation Mix: Does Gas Facilitate or Undermine Distributed Solar?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 energy systems engineering, 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 environmental and biosystems 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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