James Nelson

Kendall Science Fellow and Energy Modeler

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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