Research Staff

Robin Bedilion

Principal Technical Leader

Robin Bedilion is a Principal Technical Leader in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Ms. Bedilion conducts technoeconomic analyses and cost and performance research evaluating current and emerging power sector technologies to support utility resource planning and EPRI's energy-economy modeling efforts.

Prior to joining the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis group, Ms. Bedilion was most recently in EPRI's Renewable Generation program, where her research focused on Renewables Economics, including current and projected capital, O&M, and levelized costs of electricity of renewable generation resources, as well as emerging technology trends and business models. She also worked in EPRI's Technology Innovation program where she was responsible for coordinating and conducting EPRI's Thought Leadership activities and was involved in EPRI's Innovation Scouting activities. She joined EPRI in 2007 as a project engineer in EPRI's Generation sector, supporting engineering and economic evaluations under EPRI's Technical Assessment Guide (TAG), CoalFleet, and Renewables programs.

Ms. Bedilion earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering with a focus on energy systems from Stanford University.

John Bistline

Program Manager

Dr. John Bistline is a Program Manager in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His research analyzes the economic and environmental effects of policy and technological development to inform energy systems planning and company strategy. Dr. Bistline's current research activities examine renewable integration, energy storage modeling, electrification, and the impacts of federal and state climate policies. He is a contributing author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group III chapter on energy systems.

Before joining EPRI, he worked for the Energy Modeling Forum and the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University. His dissertation focused on uncertainty analysis in the electric power sector and investigated questions related to capacity planning and R&D portfolio management. He also worked on projects in areas of climate policy, technological change, uncertainty quantification, and risk assessment.

Dr. Bistline earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a doctorate in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Recent Publications

Geoffrey J. Blanford

Senior Technical Executive

Dr. Geoffrey J. Blanford is a leading expert on integrated assessment and energy economy modeling.

His research activities include development of analytical tools such as the MERGE model and the US-REGEN model with applications including electricity markets, end-use electrification, and international climate policy.

Dr. Blanford is a Technical Executive and Program Manager for Energy and Climate Policy Analysis with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, CA, where he has worked since 2006. He was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report and serves as co-director of the International Energy Workshop (IEW). He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Yale University, a M.S. in operations research from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in management science and engineering from Stanford University.

Recent Publications

  • Bistline, J.E. and G.J. Blanford, 2016. More than one arrow in the quiver: Why "100% Renewables" misses the mark. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Blanford, G.J, J.H. Merrick, and D. Young, 2014. A Clean Energy Standard Analysis with the US-REGEN Model. The Energy Journal 35, pp 137-164,
  • Blanford, G.J, E. Kriegler, and M. Tavoni, 2014. Harmonization vs. Fragmentation: An Overview of Climate Policy Scenarios in EMF27. Climatic Change 123, pp 383-396.

Adam Diamant

Technical Executive

Adam Diamant is a Technical Executive in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis group. Mr. Diamant manages research Program 178 on Resource Planning for Electric Power Systems. This program is focused on developing new, innovative methods and approaches to address emerging analytic challenges to long-term integrated energy system planning and improving understanding of the economic cost and technical performance of power generation and energy storage technologies. Mr. Diamant also leads EPRI's research and technical support related to corporate greenhouse gas emissions accounting and emissions offsets and provides analysis supporting EPRI's research on emissions trading and related energy and climate policy research.

Mr. Diamant's current research addresses evolving electric company resource planning challenges related to supporting the ongoing transformation of the electric power system, including the rapid deployment of renewable and distributed energy resources (DER). His work focuses on developing more closely integrated generation, transmission, distribution planning processes and methods. Mr. Diamant develops manages multi-year research projects, data and information, and improves analytic tools and methods electric companies use to make strategic decisions to respond to the ongoing evolution of fuel and power markets and climate policies.

Prior to joining EPRI, Mr. Diamant was a career professional staff member in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, where he was responsible for oversight of all regulatory programs of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service. Mr. Diamant earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has received several professional awards recognizing his outstanding performance at OMB and EPRI; including being a past recipient of a Presidential Management Internship (PMIP) and EPRI's Chauncey Award.

Recent Publications

  • Diamant, A., Young, D., and Wan, Y., 2016. REGEN Scenarios Analysis: Understanding Key Factors That May Impact Future Electricity Generation, EPRI Report 3002005839.
  • Diamant, A., Young, D., Holmes C., Pabi, S., and Bistline, J., 2016. Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Associated with Large-Scale End-Use Energy Efficiency Projects, EPRI Report 3002005589.
  • Kahrl, F., Ryan, N. and Diamant, A, 2015. Integrating Distributed Energy Resources into Electricity Resource Planning: Current Practices and Emerging Issues. EPRI Report 3002005838.

Delavane Diaz

Principal Project Manager

Dr. Delavane Diaz is a Principal Technical Leader in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) where her research focuses on the implications of climate and energy policy on the electric sector, resiliency and risk management strategies, and the social cost of carbon.

She returned to EPRI from pursuing her doctorate at Stanford University, where she worked as a research assistant for the Energy Modeling Forum. Her dissertation examined the representation of climate impacts, adaptation, and mitigation technology costs in integrated assessment models, with a focus on coastal vulnerability and sea level rise. Before joining EPRI, she served as an Air Force acquisitions officer, working on a space surveillance radar program at Hanscom AFB in Massachusetts.

Dr. Diaz is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering and earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

Recent Publications

Laura Fischer

Technical Leader

Laura Fischer is a Technical Leader in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). At EPRI, Ms. Fischer supports research on climate impacts and resiliency in the context of the electric power sector as well as electrification, decarbonization, and greenhouse gas emissions accounting. Prior to joining EPRI, she was an ORISE Fellow with the Climate Change Adaptation staff at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she researched the impact of climate change on EPA programs and identified adaptation strategies being implemented to mitigate these impacts. Ms. Fischer's initial interest in climate impacts and resiliency emerged from her experience working in preparedness and disaster services for the American Red Cross of Alaska.

Ms. Fischer holds a Master of Science with Distinction in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University. Her dissertation at Oxford explored the relevance of extreme weather event attribution to long-term planning for disaster risk reduction.

Recent Publications

  • Fischer, L., and Young, D. 2019. National Implications of Utility CO2 Targets. EPRI Report 3002017293.
  • Electrification Scenarios for New York's Energy Future. 2020. EPRI Report 3002017940.
  • Fischer, L., and Diamant, A. 2020. Case Studies of 10 Integrated Energy Network Planning Challenges – Volume 2. EPRI Report 3002017669.
  • Fischer, L., and Diaz, D. 2018. Technical Assessment of Resiliency Metrics and Analytical Frameworks. EPRI Report 3002014571.
  • West Fischer, L. 2019. At water's edge: Motivations for floodplain occupation. In Flood Risk Management: Global Case Studies of Governance, Policy and Communities. London: Routledge.

Todd Gorgian

Engineer/Scientist III

Todd Gorgian is an Engineer/Scientist III in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). At EPRI, Mr. Gorgian supports research on the cost and performance of energy systems to support electric company resource planning and strategic decision making.

Mr. Gorgian's current research includes evaluating and applying endogenous learning curves and assessing technology supply chain risks to better understand future costs of current and emerging energy technologies. Prior to joining the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group in a full-time capacity, Mr. Gorgian led research on metrics and tools to benchmark electric company sustainability performance, electric sector sustainability and decarbonization goals, and next-generation sustainability metrics for strategic decision making in EPRI's Strategic Sustainability Science program.

Prior to joining EPRI as a Student Employee in 2018, Mr. Gorgian was an intern at Sustainable Capital Advisors, where he performed research on state energy policy and conducted analysis to support the implementation of community solar and renewable energy projects across the United States. Mr. Gorgian holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy, with a concentration in environmental economics, as well as a Master of Professional Studies in Applied Economics from the University of Maryland College Park.

Recent Publications

  • Assessment of Supply-Side Capital Costs as a Function of Future Capacity Scenarios: Endogenous Learning for Renewable and Gas Technologies. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA: 2021. 3002021213.
  • Gas Turbine Market Insights. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA: 2021. 3002023164.
  • Endogenous Learning for Projecting Future Capital Costs – Evaluation and Implications for Electric Power Generation Technologies. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA: 2020. 3002019786.
  • Next Generation Sustainability Metrics: Establishing a Foundation for Understanding and Measuring Impact. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA: 2020. 3002019245.
  • Evaluating the Potential Impact of Higher Construction Craft Labor Costs on the Capital Costs of New Electric Power Generating Units: A Technology Assessment Guide Associated Program Study. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA: 2019. 3002013752.

Naga Srujana Goteti

Technical Leader

Dr. Naga Srujana Goteti is a Technical Leader in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Her research areas are building algorithmic solutions and policy simulation tools using primary/secondary data analyses, linear/nonlinear optimization, econometrics, and engineering principles in the energy and power system's world. She currently works on long-term resource planning, electricity system policies, and cost & performance of various energy systems. Before joining EPRI, Dr. Goteti pursued postdoctoral research at MIT Energy Initiative. During this time, she focused on the techno-economic assessment of macro energy systems and capacity expansion modeling for the utilities. Also, she has experience working in various positions in energy consulting, national laboratory, oil and gas, and IT industries in the US, Thailand, and India.

She holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Masters in Energy from Asian Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in Sustainability Studies from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY./p>

Recent Publications

  • Naga Srujana Goteti, Eric Hittinger, Brian Sergi, Inês Lima Azevedo (2021). "How does new energy storage affect the operation and revenue of existing generation?",Applied Energy (285).
  • Kasseris, Emmanuel, Naga Srujana Goteti, Sapna Kumari, Bentley Clinton, Seiji Engelkemier, Sarah Torkamani, Tevita Akau, and Emre Gençer (2020). "Highlighting and Overcoming Data Barriers: Creating Open Data for Retrospective Analysis of US Electric Power Systems by Consolidating Publicly Available Sources." Environmental Research Communications (2).
  • Goteti, Naga Srujana, Eric Hittinger, and Eric Williams (2019). "How Much Wind and Solar Are Needed to Realize Emissions Benefits from Storage?" Energy Systems (10:437-449).
  • Goteti, Naga Srujana (2019). "Adding Renewables to the Grid: Effects of Storage and Stochastic Forecasting." RIT PhD thesis.

Nils Johnson

Principal Technical Leader

Dr. Nils Johnson is a Principal Technical Leader in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He applies expertise in techno-economic analysis, operations research, and geographic information systems (GIS) to identify insights and strategies for long-term energy system transitions. His current research areas include assessing the roles of emerging technologies, such as renewables, energy storage, and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), understanding the implications of state and federal policies for energy transitions, and exploring opportunities for demand-side management (DSM). He also leads ongoing modeling efforts in several countries in Asia.

Before joining EPRI, he worked in the Energy Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. At IIASA, Dr. Johnson examined the implications of delayed climate policy for energy transitions, renewable energy integration challenges, and integrated strategies for managing water, energy, and land resources.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Haverford College, a Master of Environmental Management and a Master of Forestry from Duke University, and a doctorate in Transportation Technology and Policy from the University of California at Davis, specializing in energy systems analysis.

Recent Publications

  • Sanchez, D.L., N. Johnson, S. McCoy, P.A. Turner, and K.J. Mach. 2018. Near-term Deployment of Carbon Capture and Sequestration from Biorefineries in the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 201719695.
  • McPherson, M., N. Johnson, and M. Strubegger. 2018. The Role of Electricity Storage and Hydrogen Technologies in Enabling Global Low-carbon Energy Transitions. Applied Energy, 216: 649-661.
  • Johnson N., M. Strubegger, M. McPherson, S.C. Parkinson, V. Krey, and P. Sullivan. 2017. A Reduced-form Approach for Representing the Impacts of Wind and Solar PV Deployment on the Structure and Operation of the Electricity System. Energy Economics, 64: 651-664.
  • Kyle, P., N. Johnson, E. Davies, D.L. Bijl, I. Mouratiadou, M. Bevione, L. Drouet, S. Fujimori, Y. Liu, and M. Hejazi. 2016. Setting the System Boundaries of "Energy for Water" for Integrated Modeling. Environmental Science and Technology, 50(17): 8930-8931.
  • Johnson, N., V. Krey, D. McCollum, S. Rao, K. Riahi, and J. Rogelj. 2015. Stranded on a Low-carbon Planet: Implications of Climate Policy for the Phase-out of Coal-based Power Plants. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 90 (Part A): 89-102.

Neil Kern

Principal Technical Leader

Neil Kern is a Principal Technical Leader in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Mr. Kern manages EPRI's Technology Cost and Performance program which includes the Technology Assessment Guide Web (TAGWeb™) software used widely to conduct technology cost and performance data development for integrated resource planning in the United States and internationally.

Mr. Kern's research focuses on the developing power generation and energy storage cost and performance data for mature, developing, and emerging technologies. This technology research works to align power generation technologies with the utility industry's move toward sustainability and greenhouse gas reductions. The information supports strategic decision making in response to the continuous evolution in generation and storage technology capabilities, market conditions, and environmental policy.

He spent the first ten years of his career at Duke Energy where he served in multiple roles within engineering, regulatory strategy, planning, research and development, and project management. While at Duke Energy, he served on several industry steering committees and advisory boards. Mr. Kern earned a bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University in Chemical Engineering and a master's degree in Economics from West Virginia University. He also is a registered Professional Engineer.

Recent Publications

  • Cost of Cycling Phase II: A Technology Assessment Guide Associated Program Study. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA: 2019. 3002016563.
  • Evaluating the Potential Impact of Higher Construction Craft Labor Costs on the Capital Costs of New Electric Power Generating Units: A Technology Assessment Guide Associated Program Study. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA: 2019. 3002013572.
  • Combine Cycle Plant Lifecycle Management: Engineering and Economic Considerations for O&M Planning Staff. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA: 2019. 3002017532.

Francisco Ralston Fonesca

Engineer/Scientist III

Francisco Ralston Fonseca is an Engineer/Scientist III in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Before joining EPRI, Francisco worked as a Researcher at the department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), where he focused on modeling and analyzing climate-induced impacts in the power sector. Francisco also worked for seven years as an energy analyst at Power System Research (PSR), a provider of technological solutions and consulting services for the energy sector in Brazil. At PSR, Francisco worked with regulatory and economic-financial analysis of generation assets, and the development of decision-support models used for energy auction bidding and for optimization of renewable energy portfolios in Brazil.

Francisco holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering at PUC-Rio (Brazil), a MS in Operations Research at Columbia University, and a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy at CMU.

Recent Publications

  • Ralston Fonseca F, Craig M, Jaramillo P, Bergés M, Severnini E, Loew A, Zhai H, Cheng Y, Nijssen B, Voisin N, Yearsley J. Effects of Climate Change on Capacity Expansion Decisions of an Electricity Generation Fleet in the Southeast U.S. Environ Sci Technol. 2021 Feb 16;55(4):2522-2531. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.0c06547.
  • Ralston Fonseca, F., Jaramillo, P., Bergés, M. et al. Seasonal effects of climate change on intra-day electricity demand patterns. Climatic Change 154, 435–451 (2019).

Chris Roney

Engineer/Scientist III

Chris Roney is an Engineer/Scientist III in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). At EPRI, his current research includes integrated modeling of economy-wide policy and end-use electrification dynamics, electric sector decarbonization, and bioenergy technology pathways for emissions reduction. He specializes in evaluating U.S. and Canadian decarbonization challenges and opportunities. Prior to joining EPRI, he was a Research Associate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Joint Global Change Research Institute, where he researched the effects of deep decarbonization policies, evaluated the evolution of the transport system under electrification scenarios, and analyzed global climate impacts on the food system.

Mr. Roney holds a Master of Science with Distinction in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Swarthmore College. For his dissertation at Oxford, he created a dynamic, recursive integrated climate-economy model to evaluate the ethical assumptions used in analysis of global mitigation targets and the social cost of carbon and was awarded Best Dissertation.

Recent Publications

Steven Rose

Technical Executive

Dr. Steve Rose is a Senior Research Economist and Technical Executive in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His research focuses on long-term modeling of energy systems and climate change drivers, mitigation, and potential risks. Dr. Rose serves on the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' committee on modeling the social cost of carbon, the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program Carbon Cycle Scientific Steering Group, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board panel on Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Biogenic Sources. He also co-chairs the bioenergy modeling subgroup of Stanford University's Energy Modeling Forum.

Dr. Rose's was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth and Fourth Assessment Reports, and the U.S. National Climate Assessment. His research and publications include long-run climate management strategy and policy design, climate change risks and responses, the marginal costs of climate change, mitigation institutions, investment risks and incentives, and the role of bioenergy and land use in long-term climate management, including the economics of REDD+ and agricultural productivity.

Dr. Rose earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctorate in Economics from Cornell University.

Recent Publications

  • EPRI, 2020. Repairing the Social Cost of Carbon: Immediate Steps for Scientifically Reliable Estimates and Use. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA: 2021. 3002020523.
  • Rose et al, 2020. An overview of the Energy Modeling Forum 33rd study: Assessing large-scale global bioenergy deployment for managing climate change. Climatic Change, Climatic Change 163, 1539–1551.
  • Rose and Scott, 2020. Review of 1.5˚C and Other Newer Global Emissions Scenarios: Insights for Company and Financial Climate Low-Carbon Transition Risk Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Goal Setting. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA. 3002018053.
  • Rose and Scott, 2018. Grounding Decisions: A Scientific Foundation for Companies Considering Global Climate Scenarios and Greenhouse Gas Goals. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA. 3002014510.
  • Bistline and Rose, 2018. Social Cost of Carbon Pricing of Power Sector CO2: Accounting for Leakage and Other Social Implications from Subnational Policies, Environmental Research Letters 13 014027.
  • Huppmann et al, 2018. IAMC 1.5°C Scenario Explorer and Data hosted by IIASA. Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium & International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
  • Cropper et al, 2017. Valuing Climate Damages: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Committee on Assessing Approaches to Updating the Social Cost of Carbon. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
  • Rose et al, 2017. The Paris Agreement and Next Steps in Limiting Global Warming. Climatic Change 142(1), 255-270.
  • Rose et al, 2017. Understanding the Social Cost of Carbon: A Model Diagnostic and Inter-Comparison Study, Climate Change Economics 8 (2).

Nidhi R. Santen

Principal Technical Leader

Dr. Nidhi R. Santen is a Senior Technical Leader in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Research Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Her research areas include electricity sector resource planning, investment decision-making under uncertainty, and the impact of environmental and technology policies on the evolution of the power system. Before joining EPRI, Dr. Santen worked for the MIT Energy Initiative, where she focused on low-carbon electricity infrastructure planning; electricity market design; and hybrid modeling to link economy-wide modeling tools with engineering-based power system modeling tools. Dr. Santen also pursued a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she improved how uncertainty and technology change are represented within energy planning models.

Dr. Santen also worked as a consultant with the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based electricity planning and environmental policy consulting firm, Synapse Energy Economics; a research consultant for the National Academy of Sciences; an environmental analyst in the Air Permits Section of CPS Energy of San Antonio, Texas; and as either a staff member or research intern in a range of non-profit energy and environmental organizations in Texas and Washington, D.C.,

She holds a Bachelor of Arts with highest distinction in Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; a joint Master of Public Affairs/Master of Environmental Science in Atmospheric Science and Environmental Policy from Indiana University-Bloomington; and a doctorate in Engineering Systems from MIT.

Recent Publications

  • Santen, N.R., Webster, M.D., Popp, D., and Perez-Arriaga, I., 2017. "Inter-temporal R&D and capital investment portfolios for the electricity industry's low carbon future." The Energy Journal Vol. 38(5).
  • Webster, M., Fisher-Vanden, K., Popp, D., and Santen, N., 2017. "Should we give up after Solyndra? Optimal technology R&D portfolios under uncertainty." Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. (forthcoming)
  • Santen, N.R. and Diaz Anadon, L., 2016. "Balancing solar PV deployment and RD&D: A comprehensive framework for managing innovation uncertainty in electricity technology investment planning." Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 60: 560-569.

Heidi Scarth

Engineer/Scientist I

Heidi Scarth is an Engineer/Scientist I at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). She is a member of the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis team, where she works primarily on policy analysis, the social cost of carbon and other greenhouse gases, and state-level electrification analyses. In addition, Ms. Scarth works with EPRI's Technical Innovation sector, where she identifies and analyzes emerging technological trends, and co-leads the Value of Resilience Interest Group.

Ms. Scarth holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Government and Economics, and a certificate in International Relations from Wesleyan University.

Recent Publications

Erik Smith

Engineer/Scientist II

Erik Smith is an Engineer/Scientist II in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

At EPRI, Mr. Smith supports research on climate impacts and resiliency of the electric power sector. His research examines how climate change will alter weather extremes in order to pinpoint future vulnerabilities and mitigate impacts. His dissertation used climate model output from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6) to determine how Cold Air Outbreaks (CAOs) might change in the coming decades. He has also worked with research groups from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create a timeseries model of Great Lakes Water Clarity, develop extreme event climate change indicators relating to human thermal comfort, and assess predictability of anomalous coastal sea-levels from atmospheric patterns.

Mr. Smith is completing his PhD in Geography from Kent State University, where he also received an MA in Geography, and has a BS in Meteorology from Western Kentucky University.

Recent Publications

  • Smith, Erik, and Sheridan, S. C. (2020). "Where do Cold Air Outbreaks occur and how have they changed?" Geophysical Research Letters:
  • Sheridan, S. C., Lee, C. C., & Smith, E. T. (2020). "A comparison between station observations and reanalysis data in the identification of extreme temperature events." Geophysical Research Letters:
  • Smith, Erik, Lee, C. C., Pirhalla, D., Ransibrahmanakul, V. Chuanmin, H., Barnes, B. B., & Sheridan, S. C. (2019). "A synoptic climatological analysis of the atmospheric drivers of water clarity variability in the Great Lakes." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology:
  • Smith, Erik, and Sheridan, S. C. (2019). "The Influence of Extreme Cold Events on Mortality in the United States." Science of the Total Environment:

John Taber

Technical Leader

Dr. John Taber is a Technical Leader in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Research Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His research areas include the impact of environmental policies on the evolution of the power system, modeling state policy in electricity system planning, and the interaction of markets and grid resiliency and reliability. Before joining EPRI, Dr. Taber worked for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as an Economist in the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, where he focused on quantitative analysis of recent and proposed policy changes, especially those involving ancillary service markets, RTO/ISO seams, non-economic offer parameters, and capacity markets.

Dr. Taber has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and Georgetown University, teaching classes in Energy Policy.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Ohio State University and a Master's of Science and a doctorate in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, specializing in energy and environmental economics.

Recent Publications

  • Ho, Ben, John Taber, Gregory Poe, Antonio Bento. "The Effects of Moral Licensing and Moral Cleansing in Contingent Valuation and Laboratory Experiments on Willingness to Pay to Reduce Negative Externalities." Environmental and Resource Economics June 2016 64(2),317-340
  • Shawhan, Daniel, John Taber, di Shi, Ray Zimmerman, Jubo Yan, Charles Marquet, Yingying Qi, Biao Mao, Richard Schuler, William Schulze, Daniel Tylavsky, "Does a Detailed Model of the Electricity Grid Matter? Estimating the Impacts of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative." Resource and Energy Economics January 2014 36(1), 191-207.
  • Schmitt, Todd, Bradley Rickard, John Taber. "Consumer Valuation of Environmentally Friendly Production Practices in Wines, Considering Asymmetric Information and Sensory Effects." Journal of Agricultural Economics November 2012 64(2), 483-504.

Thomas F. Wilson

Principal Technical Executive

Dr. Thomas Wilson is a Principal Technical Executive in Strategic Analysis, Safety, and Sustainability at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His research activities focus on a variety of climate-related issues: costs of alternative policies and the role of technology R&D in potentially reducing these costs, exploring mechanisms for allowing flexibility in domestic and international climate policies and their interactions with regulatory approaches, and providing information and methods to help electric utilities make decisions in the face of climate policy uncertainty.

Dr. Wilson joined EPRI in as a Project Manager in the Risk Analysis program in the Environment Sector, where his activities focused on risk management for a variety of environmental issues (e.g., global climate change, acidic deposition, electromagnetic fields, air toxics, and non-combustion wastes), and decision support methodologies (e.g., technology choice, siting, and making decisions involving multiple objectives and multiple stakeholders).

Before joining EPRI, Dr. Wilson worked at ICF Incorporated, Stanford's Energy Modeling Forum and International Energy Program, and Brookhaven National Laboratory. He earned a bachelor's degree in Statistics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and master's and doctoral degrees in Operations Research from Stanford University.

Recent Publications

  • Rose, S.K. D. Turner, G. Blanford, J. Bistline, F. de la Chesnaye, and T. Wilson, 2014. Understanding the Social Cost of Carbon: A Technical Assessment. EPRI Report 3002004657.
  • Hibbard, K., Wilson, T. Averyt, K. Harriss, R., Newmark, R., Rose, S., Shevliakova, E., Tidwell, V., 2014: Ch. 10: Energy, Water, and Land Use. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, J. M. Melillo, Terese Richmond, and G. W. Yohe, Eds., U.S. Global Change Research Program.
  • Contributing Author, 2014. Drivers, Trends and Mitigation (Chapter 5), Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Fifth Assessment Report, Mitigation Working Group (Working Group III), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

David Young

Program Manager

Dr. David Young is a Program Manager and the Area Manager for the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Dr. Young manages the Energy, Environmental, and Climate Policy Analysis program, which helps energy companies assess the impacts of climate policy on business and compliance strategies, understand the benefits and risks of new technologies, and assess the impacts of environmental policies at state and regional levels. Dr. Young also supports EPRI's US-REGEN energy-economy model.

Before joining EPRI, Dr. Young was a research fellow at the University of Auckland Business School Energy Centre. His work there focused on designing and programing an agent-based simulation model of the New Zealand wholesale electricity market to understand market behavioral changes in response to the increasing use of intermittent generation.

Dr. Young earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Canterbury and Master of Science and doctoral degrees in Social Science/Economics from the California Institute of Technology.

Recent Publications

Qianru Zhu

Engineer/Scientist II
Qianru Zhu

Dr. Qianru Zhu is an Engineer/Scientist II in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

At EPRI, Dr. Zhu supports research on integrated planning and capacity expansion modeling. In her dissertation, she analyzed climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies at diverse scales by applying optimization, risk analysis, and techno-economic modeling frameworks. She collaborated with an interdisciplinary team to integrate political-organizational and techno-economic considerations to analyze decarbonization pathways for the U.S. She also collaborated with researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to conduct case studies of the economic impacts of power interruptions to electricity system infrastructure from extreme events.

Before joining EPRI, Dr. Zhu completed her PhD in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was also a Trainee of INFEWS (Innovation at the Nexus of Food-Energy-Water Systems) NSF Research Traineeship Program. She earned a BS in Mathematics and a BS in Economics from Penn State.

Recent Publications