Jesse Jenkins

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Title/Position
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Other Affiliations
Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Faculty Assistant
Tom Wing

Short Bio

Jesse Jenkins is an assistant professor at Princeton University with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He is an energy systems engineer with a focus on the rapidly evolving electricity sector, including the transition to zero-carbon resources, the proliferation of distributed energy resources, and the role of electricity in economy-wide decarbonization. Jesse’s research focuses on improving and applying optimization-based energy systems models to evaluate low-carbon energy technologies, policy options, and robust decisions under deep uncertainty.  

Jesse completed a PhD in Engineering Systems (’18) and MS in Technology and Policy (’14) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Computer and Information Science (’06) at the University of Oregon. He worked previously as a postdoctoral Environmental Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard University Center for the Environment, 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 Renewable Northwest.

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Selected Publications

  • Jenkins, J.D., Luke, M., Thernstrom, S. (2018), “Getting to zero carbon emissions in the electric power sector,” Joule 2(12) doi:10.1016/j.joule.2018.11.013

  • Sepulveda, N., Jenkins, J.D., Lester, R., de Sisternes, F. (2018), “The role of firm low-carbon electricity resources in deep decarbonization of electric power generation,” Joule 2(11). doi:10.1016/j.joule.2018.08.006

  • Jenkins, J.D., Zhou, Z., Ponciroli, R., Ganda, F., de Sisternes, F., Botterud, A. (2018), “The benefits of nuclear flexibility in power systems operations with renewable energy,” Applied Energy 222: 872-884. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.03.002

  • Jenkins, J.D., Pérez-Arriaga, I. (2017), “Improved regulatory approaches for the remuneration of electricity distribution utilities with high penetrations of distributed energy resources,” The Energy Journal 38(3): 63-91 doi:10.5547/01956574.38.3.jjen

  • de Sisternes, F.J., Jenkins, J.D., Botterud, A. (106), “The value of energy storage in decarbonizing the electricity sector,” Applied Energy 175: 368-379 doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.05.014