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I am currently a PhD Candidate in electric power engineering at NTNU and a Research Affiliate at MIT CEEPR. For my PhD, I work on policy design for electricity system planning and EV integration, leveraging stochastic optimization and complementarity approaches. My research is interdisciplinary with a focus on operations research.
October 2016 - August 2018
- Research Assistant
- Conducting cost-benefit analyses of state renewable portfolio standards in the U.S. through economic general equilibrium and air pollution models.
July 2014 - July 2016
- Providing policy analyses and forecasts on carbon pricing systems to governments, Members of the European Parliament, and Fortune Global 500 companies. My research has been featured in policy hearings in the EU Parliament and Commission.
This paper analyzes the role of hydropower reservoirs in the deep decarbonization of power systems. Extending previous work, this study models the impact of hydro reservoirs on optimal planning decisions. It further provides a more holistic assessment of the role and economic value of hydro reservoirs through the use of a detailed capacity expansio...
State and local policy-makers in the US have shown interest in transitioning electricity systems toward renewable energy sources and in mitigating harmful air pollution. However, the extent to which subnational renewable energy policies can improve air quality remains unclear. To investigate this issue, we develop a systemic modeling framework that...
To design climate policy decision makers must choose from a variety of policy options such as carbon pricing and low-carbon standards. Past research suggests that choosing between these approaches involves trade-offs between the relative efficiency and progressivity of carbon pricing on the one hand and the political acceptability of standards on t...
Switching from internal combustion engine cars to electric vehicles is envisioned as a cornerstone of decarbonization policy. This chapter explores how the vehicle technology mix could change with decarbonization and what role electric vehicles may play. The chapter provides a systematic review of decarbonization pathways for passenger vehicles. Pu...
Meeting climate policy targets in the U.S. Northeast will likely require the nearly complete decarbonization of electricity generation. To that end, consideration is being given to expanding imports of hydropower from neighboring Quebec, Canada. We use a capacity expansion and dispatch optimization model to analyze the role Canadian hydro might pla...
Despite lawmaker interest in transitioning electricity systems toward renewable energy sources and in mitigating harmful air pollution, the extent to which sub-national renewable energy policies in the U.S. can improve air quality and human health remains unclear. This thesis develops a systemic modeling framework to assess the impacts of future re...
This report presents a review of the theory and practice of carbon pricing and a quantitative analysis of alternative options for a carbon pricing instrument mix to help Mexico meet its Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement.
The EU is divided over whether to make changes to its climate targets following the Paris Agreement. According to the European Commission, the EU’s target to cut emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030, approved prior to the Paris COP, is in line with the Paris Agreement. This is because, the Commission states, the 40 percent target places the EU...
We expect the MSR to start operating in 2018 with the 900 million backloaded allowances moved to the reserve. We foresee a continued policy debate over the exact start date within the Parliament and the Council, but think 2018 could emerge as a compromise. In addition we expect 900 million backloaded allowances to be moved to the reserve instead of...
This report presents a quantitative analysis of the reform of the EU ETS known as the Market Stability Reserve, with recommendations for European governments and for members of the EU Parliament. The latest version of Thomson Reuters' proprietary CO2 price forecasting model is used to produce forecasts and sensitivity analyses for different design...
This report presents the first independent quantitative analysis of the European Commission's proposal to establish a Market Stability Reserve for the European Union Emissions Trading System.
Winner of the Most Outstanding Thesis in Economics Award. The United Nations negotiations on climate change have focused their attention on a set of policies for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). This paper explores the potential of REDD+ to reduce CO2 emissions and protect tropical biodiversity. The study uses ArcGIS...