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Thomas Jenkin

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Thomas Jenkin is a member of the Washington D.C. Office in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Senior Energy Analyst
On staff since August 2004
Phone number: 202-488-2219

Areas of Expertise

  • Valuation and risk management
  • Market structure and operation of natural gas and power markets
  • Economic analysis of storage technologies
  • Research and development (R&D)

Research Interests

  • R&D and commercialization of energy technologies
  • Risk and uncertainty
  • The value of storage
  • Economic and market analysis of renewable energy technologies


  • MPPM, Yale School of Management
  • D.Phil. in physics, University of Oxford
  • B.Sc. in physics, University of Bristol

Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, Instructor: Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Program. Designed and teach energy courses in Master's degree programs in School of Environmental Studies.
    • Principles and Applications of Energy Technology (Summer 2015, Spring and Fall 2014, Summer 2013, Spring and Fall 2012, Summer 2011, Spring and Fall 2010)
    • Environmental Challenges for Energy Technology and Policy (Spring 2011, Fall 2009, Fall 2008)

Prior Work Experience

  • Principal, LECG, Houston, Texas (2003-2004)
  • Director, Market Analysis/Senior Consultant, Lukens Energy Group, Houston, Texas (2001-2002)
  • Associate, The Brattle Group, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1996-2001)
  • Associate, Booz Allen & Hamilton, New York, New York (1994-1996)
  • Senior assistant, Investment & Capital, British Rail, England (1991-1992)
  • Assistant consultant, Andersen Consulting, England (1988-1991)
  • Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford University, England (1987-1988)

Other Affiliations

  • Member - International Association of Energy Economics
  • Member - American Physical Society

Featured Publications and Presentations

Thomas Jenkin, Philipp Beiter, and Robert Margolis. "Capacity Payments in Restructured Markets under Low and High Penetration Levels of Renewable Energy." 38 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-65491. February 2016.

Easan Drury, Thomas Jenkin, Dirk Jordan, Robert Margolis. "Photovoltaic Investment Risk and Uncertainty for Residential Customers." IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 4(1), 278-284, January 2014.

Thomas Jenkin, Easan Drury, and Austin Brown, "The Social Cost of Carbon and the Value of Wind." Presentation given at the 2nd North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA) Symposium at the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 6-8th 2013.

Thomas Jenkin, Victor Diakov, Easan Drury, Brian Bush, Ray Byrne, Paul Denholm, James Milford, Doug Arent, Robert Margolis. "Use of Solar and Wind as a Physical Hedge against Price Variability within a Generation Portfolio." 50 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-59065. August 2013.

Paul Denholm, Jennie Jorgenson, Marissa Hummon, Thomas Jenkin, David Palchak, Brian Kirby, Ookie Ma, Mark O'Malley. "Value of Energy Storage for Grid Applications." 45 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-58465. May 2013.

Ramteen Sioshansi, Paul Denholm, and Thomas Jenkin. "Market and Policy Barriers to Deployment of Energy Storage." Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, 1(2), 47-6, March 2012.

Thomas Jenkin, Deborah Baker Brannan, Mackay Miller and Tod Perry, "A Framework for Relating Behavioral Biases to Energy Policy Options." Poster presented and discussed by Thomas Jenkin and Deborah Brannan at the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) conference, Washington, DC, November 30, 2011.

Sam Baldwin, Max Henrion, Thomas Jenkin, Jim McVeigh, James Milford and Walter Short. "Incorporating Technology and Market Risk and Uncertainty using Simulation and Scenario Analysis." Presented by Thomas Jenkin at the Joint Indo-US Workshop on Economy-wide Analysis for Low Carbon Strategies: Modeling and Abatement Options, New Delhi, India, September 28, 2011.

Ramteen Sioshansi, Paul Denholm, and Thomas Jenkin. "A Comparative Analysis of the Value of Pure and Hybrid Electricity Storage." Energy Economics, 33, 56-66, January 2011.

Max Henrion, Sam Baldwin, Thomas Jenkin, Jim McVeigh and Surya Swamy. "Expert Elicitation of Effects of R&D on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies." Presented by Max Henrion at the INFORMS Conference in San Diego, CA, October 12, 2009.

Nate Blair, David Evans, Kamala Jayaraman, Gary Goldstein, Thomas Jenkin, Gary Kleiman, Elliot Lieberman, James Milford, Chris Namovicz, Karen Palmer, Walter Short, Bob Smith, Patrick Sullivan, Boddu Venkatesh, Ryan Wiser, Evelyn Wright, Frances Wood. "REMAP: An Analysis of How Different Energy Models Addressed a Common High Renewable Energy Penetration Scenario in 2025." NREL Report/TP-6A2-95656, September 2009.

Ramteen Sioshansi, Paul Denholm, Thomas Jenkin and Jurgen Weiss. "Estimating the Value of Electricity Storage in PJM: Arbitrage and Some Welfare Effects." Energy Economics, 31, 269-277, March 2009.

Thomas Jenkin, David Kline, Gian Porro and Doug Arent. "Portfolio Analysis: A Framework, and Review and Application of Some Portfolio Analysis Techniques." Presentation for Energy Collaborative Analysis Initiative (ECAI) Web Forum given at NREL's Washington D.C. office, May 1, 2007.

Thomas Jenkin and Jurgen Weiss; "Estimating the Value of Electricity Storage: Some Size, Location and Market Structure Issues." Paper presented at the EESAT Conference in San Francisco, CA, October 17-19, 2005.

Thomas Jenkin and Dan Ives; "Weather Risk Management for Regulated Utilities" Public Utilities Fortnightly, October 2002.

Frank Graves, Thomas Jenkin, Dean Murphy and Rachel Polimeni. "Estimating the Value of Energy Storage in the United States: Some Case Studies." Presentation given at Commercially Viable Electricity Storage conference, London, England, January 31, 2001.

Frank Graves, Thomas Jenkin and Dean Murphy; "Opportunities for Electricity Storage in Deregulating Markets," The Electricity Journal, 1999.

Romkaew Broehm, Robert Earle, Frank Graves, Thomas Jenkin and Dean Murphy; "Mechanisms for Evaluating the Role of Hydroelectric Generation in Ancillary Service Markets"; EPRI Report: TR111707l, November 1998.

William Hayes and Thomas Jenkin; "Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance Studies of Exciton Trapping by Germanium in Quartz", J. Phys. C: Solid State Phys., 21, 2391-2398, 1988.

Thomas Jenkin, J. Koppitz, O. F. Schirmer and W. Hayes; Bound Small Polaron Optical Absorption in Germanium-doped Quartz", J. Phys. C: Solid State Phys., 20, L367-L371, 1987.

William Hayes and Thomas Jenkin; "Paramagnetic Hole Centres Produced in Germanium-doped Crystalline Quartz by X-irradiation at 4K", J. Phys. C: Solid State Phys., 18, L849-L853, 1985.

Full list of Thomas Jenkin publications (NREL)