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Jordan Macknick

Energy-Water-Land Lead Analyst | 303-275-3828

Jordan Macknick is the Lead Energy-Water-Land Analyst for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He is a member of the Systems Modeling team within the Systems Modeling & Geospatial Data Science Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. His primary work addresses the environmental impacts of energy technologies while seeking opportunities for energy and ecological synergies. In his Energy-Water-Land leadership capacity, he analyzes national and regional implications of different energy pathways in the context of water and land resources, evaluates opportunities to improve the energy management of water infrastructure, and explores innovative approaches to co-locating solar and agricultural activities.

Areas of Expertise

Systems modeling of energy and water infrastructure interactions
Renewable-powered water treatment systems
Meta-analysis of diverse datasets
Low-impact renewable energy development

Research Interests

Interface of energy, water, and land issues in policy planning
Co-location of agriculture and solar technologies
Energy services of water infrastructure
Water management in unconventional oil and gas operations


M.E.Sc,. Transboundary natural resource policy, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT, 2009
B.A., Mathematics and Environmental Studies, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, 2005

Prior Work Experience

Research Associate, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna, Austria (2009)
Research Assistant, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, (20072009)
Community Wind Specialist Intern, Windustry, Minneapolis, MN, (2007)
Assistant Managing Director, EcoFacilitation Ltd., Deventer, The Netherlands (20052006)

Featured Publications

Miara, A., Macknick, J.E., Vörösmarty, C.J., Tidwell, V.C., Newmark, R., Fekete, B., 2017. Climate and water resource change impacts and adaptation potential for US power supply. Nat. Clim. Change 7, 793–798.

Macknick, J., Zhou, E., O’Connell, M., Brinkman, G., Miara, A., Ibanez, E., Hummon, M. (2016). Water and Climate Impacts on Power System Operations: The Importance of Cooling Systems and Demand Response Measures. NREL/TP-6A20-66714. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.

Arent, D, J. Logan, J. Macknick, W. Boyd, K. Medlock, F. O'Sullivan, J. Edmonds, L. Clarke, H. Huntington, G. Heath, P. Statwick, M. Bazilian. 2015. A review of water and greenhouse gas impacts of unconventional natural gas development in the United States. MRS Energy & Sustainability. 2.

Macknick, J., Cohen, S., Newmark, R., Martinez, A., Sullivan, P., Tidwell, V. 2015. Water Constraints in an Electric Sector Capacity Expansion Model. NREL/TP-6A20-64270. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.

Macknick, J., Newmark, R., Heath, G., and Hallett, KC. 2012. Operational water consumption and withdrawal factors for electricity generating technologies: a review of existing literature. Environmental Research Letters. 7 (045802).

Ravi, S., J. Macknick, D. Lobell, C. Field, K. Ganesan, R. Jain, M. Elchinger, and B. Stoltenberg. 2016. Colocation opportunities for large solar infrastructures and agriculture in drylands. Applied Energy, 165: 383-392.

Macknick, J., Beatty, B., and Hill, G. (2013). Overview of Opportunities for Co-Location of Solar Energy Technologies and Vegetation. NREL Report No. TP-6A20-60240. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.

,Full list of Jordan Macknick publications (NREL).