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Jennie Jorgenson

Researcher III-Model Engineering

Jennie.Jorgenson@nrel.gov | 303-275-3103

Jennie Jorgenson is a member of the Grid Systems Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Jennie Jorgenson has been an energy systems engineer at the National Renewable Energy laboratory for over four years. She is interested in the effect of renewable technologies on the power system. Her work focuses on high penetrations of renewable energy, energy storage, and grid flexibility. In particular, she has developed novel modeling methods for a variety of modern electricity resources, such as concentrating solar power, demand response, and energy storage. She is the laboratory’s resident expert in modeling the operations of the Western Interconnection, and California specifically. Before working at NREL, she received her Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of North Dakota. In her spare time, she enjoys taking advantage of the Colorado outdoors as well as board games, music, and public transportation.

Areas of Expertise

Unit commitment and dispatch modeling
Modeling of enabling technologies such as energy storage, demand response, and electric vehicles
Quantitative and statistical analysis
Power grid topology of the Western Interconnection
Energy storage for grid applications

Research Interests

Understanding the implications of high penetrations of renewable energy on the power grid
Analyzing enabling technologies and their role in renewable energy integration
Modeling energy systems across various geographies and temporal scales
Environmental impact of power systems

Education

M.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2012
B.S. in chemical engineering, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 2010

Prior Work Experience

Graduate researcher at CU Boulder and NREL, Colorado (20112012)

Other Affiliations

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Featured Publications

Brinkman, Gregory, Jennie Jorgenson, Ali Ehlen, James H. Caldwell. 2016. Low Carbon Grid Study: Analysis of a 50% Emission Reduction in California. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64884.

Eichman, Josh, Paul Denholm, Jennie Jorgenson, and Udi Helman. 2015. Operational Benefits of Meeting California's Energy Storage Targets. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-5400-65061.

Jorgenson, J., P. Denholm, and M. Mehos. 2014. Estimating the Value of Utility-Scale Solar Technologies in California Under a 40% Renewable Portfolio Standard. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-61685.

Jorgenson, J., P. Denholm, M. Mehos, and C. Turchi. 2013. Estimating the Performance and Economic Value of Multiple Concentrating Solar Power Technologies in a Production Cost Model. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-58645.

Denholm, P., J. Jorgenson, M. Hummon, T. Jenkin, D. Palchak, B. Kirby, O. Ma, and M. O'Malley. 2013. Value of Energy Storage for Grid Applications. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL Report No. TP-6A20-58465.

Denholm, P., J. Jorgenson, M. Hummon, D. Palchak, B. Kirby, O. Ma, M. O'Malley. 2013. Impact of Wind and Solar on the Value of Energy Storage. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-60568.

Hummon, M., P. Denholm, J. Jorgenson, D. Palchak, B. Kirby, and O. Ma. 2013. Fundamental Drivers of the Cost and Price of Operating Reserves. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL Report No. TP-6A20-58491.

Full list of Jennie Jorgenson publications (NREL).