Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Joseph Nyangon is a senior research fellow at the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE). As an expert in power and utilities innovation and industry consultant at SAS Energy and Utilities Division, he leverages his deep knowledge and experience in electricity market design and innovation, infrastructure investment, regulatory policy and compliance, energy economics, and risk modernization to help utilities navigate the complex challenges associated with the energy transition and the modernization of the power grid. A member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, Dr. Nyangon has established a strong track record of success in developing innovative analytics solutions and forging strategic partnerships to support utilities in managing the challenges of decarbonization, decentralization, and digital transformation.
Before joining SAS, he was as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Delaware, where he led research efforts on the trends and challenges facing the electricity sector, including integration of distributed energy resources, regulatory reform, and the impact of renewable energy on energy markets. Dr. Nyangon is also a Non-resident Fellow at the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines and a Research Fellow with the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he continues to conduct cutting-edge research on energy and utility systems.
Dr. Nyangon’s expertise extends to assessing alternative utility regulation and pioneering grid modernization models, including New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision process and Great Britain’s RIIO (Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs) framework. He has evaluated resource adequacy and capacity market design models to balance energy reliability, affordability, and sustainability trilemma. His research has been published in books and book chapters and more than 60 articles in leading journals, including Energy Research & Social Science, WIREs Energy and Environment, The Energy Journal, Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy, Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, and Financial Analysts Journal (FAJ). Dr. Nyangon has consulted for the United Nations and served as an observer for the Canadian-based International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) at the United Nations-organized climate change negotiations, and was a TED fellow.
Dr. Nyangon holds a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware where his research focused on energy economics and engineering systems, an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Policy (SIPA), an MSc from the University of Greenwich, and a BSc(Eng.) degrees from the University of Nairobi. He is an active member of several prestigious professional organizations, including IEEE, IAEE, INFORMS, PMI, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Nyangon’s impressive credentials and deep knowledge of the energy and utilities industry make him a vital resource for utilities navigating the complex challenges of the energy transition and the modernization of the power grid.
California’s Bold Solar Energy Vision
FREE Policy Brief (2016). Realizing Infrastructure-scale Finance in the Green Bond Market: Scoping Trends. FREE Policy Brief Series
Post-Paris Agreement: FREE’S Focus on Subnational Climate Action
China’s Cap-and-Trade Decisions
Paris Agreement: A Landmark Climate Change Policy Architecture Reached
Why the U.S. Urgently Needs to Invest in Modernizing its Energy Infrastructure
Mobilizing Public and Private Capital for Clean Energy Financing
Obama’s Budget Proposals for Clean Energy and Climate Investments
Impacts of Shale Boom in the U.S. and Beyond