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.
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