Joseph Nyangon
Power and Energy Systems Engineering Economist, SAS Institute

Dr. Joseph Nyangon is a power and energy systems engineering economist specializing in utilities innovation at the SAS Institute. With over 15 years of dual experience in academia and industry, he has led complex projects in power system planning and operations, energy economics, advanced energy modeling and decision analytics, strategic infrastructure investment, risk pricing strategies, and technology innovation. Prior to joining SAS, Dr. Nyangon was a postdoctoral researcher in energy policy, economics and innovation at the University of Delaware where he led research efforts funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the National Science Foundation (NSF) on the overarching trends shaping electric power systems, including decarbonization, decentralization and digitalization. Dr. Nyangon’s PhD dissertation from the University of Delaware, focused on restructured electricity market design and regulatory innovation for a distributed utilities future in top solar energy producing states such as 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 Intercontinental, Midcontinent independent system operator, Texas’ ERCOT, and New York regional electricity markets. Working at the leading edge of the Utility of the Future discourse, he has assessed 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) by Dr. Nyangon include: American Policy Conflict in the Hothouse: Republican Cancel Politics and Polycentric Rebellion; Spatial Energy Efficiency Patterns in New York and Implications for Energy Demand and the Rebound Effect; Estimating the Impacts of Natural Gas Growth on Solar Electricity Generation: A Case Study of Experience in the PJM Territory; Tackling the Risk of Stranded Electricity Assets with Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence; Diversifying Electricity Customer Choice: REVing Up the New York Energy Vision for Polycentric Innovation; and An Assessment of Price Convergence Between Natural Gas and Solar Photovoltaic in the U.S. Electricity Market. Dr. Nyangon is an Associate Editor of WIREs Energy and Environment journal and serves on the editorial boards of Energy Research and Social Science (ERSS) and the Journal of Smart Cities and Society. His most recent book is Sustainable Energy Investment: Technical, Market and Policy Innovations to Address Risk (2021).

Dr. Nyangon holds a PhD in energy and environmental policy from the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering with a specialization in the fields energy engineering systems, energy economics, applied econometrics, and energy policy; an MPA in environmental science and policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; an MSc in computing systems from the University of Greenwich; and his Bachelor of Science in engineering from the University of Nairobi. In addition to his scholarly activities, he is an active member of IEEE, INFORMS, USAEE, IAEE, and Project Management Institute.