Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jesse Jenkins is a postdoctoral environmental fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Harvard Kennedy School. Jenkins harnesses optimization methods and empirical data to improve planning, operations, regulation, and policy in the rapidly evolving electricity sector. He focuses in particular on two important trends: the transition to zero-carbon power systems and the proliferation of distributed energy resources. Jenkins earned a S.M. in Technology & Policy at MIT in 2014 and previously directed the Energy and Climate Program at the Breakthrough Institute, a public policy think tank. He has published peer-reviewed papers in Applied Energy, The Energy Journal, Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, Energy Policy, Nuclear Technology, and WIREs: Climate Change. He has delivered invited testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and his research and writing has been featured in major media outlets including NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Time Magazine. Jenkins has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation, MIT Energy Initiative, and Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, and served for three years as co-president of MIT’s Electricity Students Research Group.
Jenkins received his Ph.D. in engineering systems at MIT's Institute for Data Systems and Society. Connect with Jesse on LinkedIn; follow him on Twitter @JesseJenkins; and view his Google Scholar profile.