Joe Daniel

Senior Energy Analyst

Joseph Daniel is a senior energy analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In his role, he establishes policy positions, develops strategy, and produces analytics that spur innovation in energy markets to facilitate greater reliance on renewable energy, a low-carbon electricity system, and a more flexible, modern electricity grid. His work helps advance science-based public policy around renewable energy at the state and regional levels. He also leads UCS research and advocacy efforts to shape electricity markets and policies to develop a more flexible and modern electric grid that can accommodate high levels of renewable energy, demand-side resources, and electric vehicles, while reducing carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.

Mr. Daniel began his career in 2005 modeling energy use and fugitive emissions at a petrochemical facility outside of Mobile, Alabama. He went on to work as an engineering consultant at more than 30 oil refineries, natural gas facilities, and power plants. Since 2011, his work has focused on the electric utility industry where he has worked on over 100 utility proceedings across the country and has authored technical comments in response to state, regional, and federal energy policy proposals. He also formerly served as an electric sector analyst with the Sierra Club, where he focused on federal policy, fossil fuel economics, and regional energy markets. Prior to that, he was an associate at Synapse Energy Economics analyzing utility planning and economics.

Mr. Daniel earned an MPA in environmental science and policy from Columbia University, and a BS in chemical engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is a member of the International Association of Energy Economists, the US Association of Energy Economists, and serves on the alumni board of the Environmental Science and Policy program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Mr. Daniel has been published by EM Magazine, Natural Gas and Electricity Journal, and the US Association of Energy Economics.