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Jessica Katz

Researcher III-Decision Support Analysis | 303-275-4330

Jessica joined NREL in 2009 and is a member of the Markets & Policy Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Her primary focus is on coordinating and implementing projects that provide technical assistance to developing countries as they transition to cleaner, more advanced energy systems. In this role, she has developed tools and trainings related to clean energy topics such as renewable energy resource assessment and the integration of significant levels of variable renewable energy to the grid. She currently coordinates NREL’s support to the United States Agency for International Development’s Clean Power Asia program and Greening the Grid initiative.

Research Interests

Integration of variable renewable energy to the power system
Application of renewable energy resource data and geospatial mapping to inform clean energy planning
Development and implementation of low emission development strategies
Greenhouse gas accounting and mitigation


B.S.E. in civil and environmental engineering, Arizona State University

Prior Work Experience

Research Analyst, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University (2006–2008)

Featured Publications

Katz, J.; Cochran, J. (2015). Integrating Variable Renewable Energy to the Grid: Key Issues. 2pp. NREL Report No. NREL/FS-6A20-63033.

Katz, J.; Cochran, J. (2015). Scaling Up Renewable Energy Generation: Aligning Targets and Incentives with Grid Integration Considerations. 2pp. NREL Report No. NREL/FS-6A20-63034.

Katz, J. (2015). Grid Integration Studies: Data Requirements. 2 pp. NREL Report No. NREL/FS-6A20-63043.

Parsons, Brian, Jaquelin Cochran, Andrea Watson, Jessica Katz, and Ricardo Bracho. 2015. Renewable Electricity Grid Integration Roadmap for Mexico: Supplement to the IEA Expert Group Report on Recommended Practices for Wind Integration Studies. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-7A40-63136.

Bilello, D.; Katz, J.; Esterly, S.; Ogonowski, M. (2014). Advancing Development and Greenhouse Gas Reductions in Vietnam's Wind Sector. 67 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-61442.

Cox, S., J. Katz, and L. Wurtenberger. 2014. Assessing Development Impacts Associated with Low Emission Development Strategies: Lessons Learned from Pilot Efforts in Kenya and Montenegro. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-58391.

Moriarty, K., M. Elchinger, G. Hill, J. Katz, and J. Barnett. 2014. Cacao Intensification in Sulawesi: A Green Prosperity Model Project. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-5400-62434.

Full list of Jessica Katz publications (NREL).