Alumni James H. Nelson

Jimmy Nel­son joined UCS in the fall of 2013 as the Cli­mate and Energy Program’s new Kendall Sci­ence Fel­low and will be work­ing from our Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia office through Novem­ber 2014. Laura Wis­land, senior energy ana­lyst in the Cli­mate and Energy Pro­gram, is his supervisor.

As a Kendall sci­ence fel­low, Jimmy will explore sce­nar­ios for the elec­tric power sys­tem of Cal­i­for­nia and west­ern North Amer­ica that increase the amount of clean energy deployed in the region while also reduc­ing green­house gas emis­sions from the energy sys­tem. Build­ing on his Ph.D. work, he will use a detailed long-​​term power sys­tem capac­ity plan­ning model called ‘SWITCH’ to base his analy­sis on the capa­bil­i­ties of renew­able elec­tric­ity sources to cost-​​effectively meet demand, reli­a­bil­ity, clean energy, and green­house gas targets.

Jimmy Nel­son will receive his Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley in fall 2013. His grad­u­ate work was per­formed in the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL) under Pro­fes­sor Daniel Kam­men. Dur­ing his time at RAEL, he received a Link Energy Fel­low­ship. Prior to join­ing RAEL, he received a M.S. in chem­istry in 2008 and a B.S. in chem­istry with high hon­ors from Haver­ford Col­lege in 2006.



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