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Jordan Macknick

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

Jordan Macknick is a member of the Systems Modeling team within the Systems Modeling & Geospatial Data Science Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Areas of Expertise

Renewable energy technological characterizations
Database development
Policy analysis

Research Interests

Interface of energy and water in policy planning
Environmental impacts of renewable energy technologies
Renewable energy deployment in developing countries


M.E.Sc. in transboundary natural resource policy, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT, 2009
B.A. in 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

Macknick, J. 2012. Water Impacts of the Electricity Sector. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PR-6A20-55028.

Newmark, R., J. Macknick, G. Heath, S. Ong, P. Denholm, R. Marglis, and B. Roberts. 2012. Implications of Future Energy Choices in the Energy-Water-Land Nexus. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PR-6A20-54951.

Logan, J., G. Heath, J. Macknick, E. Paranhos, W. Boyd, and K. Carlson. 2012. Natural Gas and the Transformation of the U.S. Energy Sector: Electricity. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A50-55538.

Sattler, S., J. Macknick, D. Yates, F. Flores-Lopez, A. Lopez, and J. Rogers. "Linking Electricity and Water Models to Assess Electricity Choices at Water-Relevant Scales." Environmental Research Letters 7, no. 4 (October-December 2012). NREL Report No. JA-6A20-56242. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/045804

Macknick, J., S. Sattler, K. Averyt, S. Clemmer, and J. Rogers. "Water Implications of Generating Electricity: Water Use Across the United States Based on Different Electricity Pathways through 2050." Environmental Research Letters 7, no. 4 (October-December 2012). NREL/A-6A20-56211. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/045803

Macknick, J., R. Newmark, G. Heath, K.C. Hallett. 2011. Review of Operational Water Consumption and Withdrawal Factors for Electricity Generating Technologies. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-50900. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/045802

Averyt, K., J. Fisher, A. Huber-Lee, A. Lewis, J. Macknick, N. Madden, J. Rogers, and S. Tellinghuisen. 2011. Freshwater Use by U.S. Power Plants: Electricity's Thirst for a Precious Resource; A Report of the Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative. Cambridge, MA: Union of Concerned Scientists. NREL/TP-6A20-53273.

Full list of Jordan Macknick publications (NREL).