Jesse Jenkins

Jesse is a researcher and independent consultant with more than a decade of experience in the energy sector and expertise in electric power systems, electricity regulation and markets, energy economics, energy and climate change policy, and innovation policy.

Jesse holds a PhD in Engineering Systems and MS in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began a post-doctoral Environmental Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School in September, 2018.

Jesse harness optimization methods and empirical data to improve regulation, policy, and practice in the energy sector. He currently focuses on the rapidly evolving electricity sector, including the transition to zero-carbon power systems and the proliferation of distributed energy resources. He has published peer-reviewed papers in Joule, The Energy Journal, Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, Applied Energy, Nuclear Technology, Energy Policy, and WIREs: Climate Change. His work has been supported by competitive fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the MIT Energy Initiative, Martin Family Society for Fellows in Sustainability and Harvard University Center for the Environment.

Jesse has delivered invited testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and his research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Newsweek, National Public Radio, and other media outlets.

Jesse worked previously as a researcher at the MIT Energy Initiative, the Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute, and a Policy and Research Associate at the Renewable Northwest Project. He also earned a BS in Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon.

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