Ilya Chernyakhovskiy is a member of the Transmission Group in the Grid Planning and Analysis Center. He conducts applied research, analysis, and modeling engineering that focuses on power system operations with high renewable energy penetrations. Ilya’s research has focused on power system operations and long-term planning, thermal fleet flexibility, grid interactive renewable power, energy storage, as well as policy and regulatory environments for clean energy technologies. He also leads international technical assistance and capacity building efforts, working closely with power sector stakeholders across South Asia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe.

Research Interests

Renewable energy grid integration modeling

Cost-effective, long-term power system planning

The role of grid-scale energy storage in power sector decarbonization


M.Sc., Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

B.S., Natural Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, Institute for Industrial and Market Studies, National Research University — Higher School of Economics (2014–2015)

Featured Work

Energy Storage in South Asia: Understanding the Role of Grid-Connected Energy Storage in South Asia’s Power Sector Transformation, NREL Technical Report (2021)

Power System Planning: Advancements in Capacity Expansion Modeling, NREL Fact Sheet (2021)

USAID Energy Storage Decision Guide for Policymakers, NREL Technical Report (2021)

Pathways for Tamil Nadu’s Electric Power Sector: 2020 – 2030, NREL Technical Report (2021)

Variable Renewable Energy Grid Integration Studies: A Guidebook for Practitioners, NREL Technical Report (2020)

Grid-Friendly Renewable Energy: Solar and Wind Participation in Automatic Generation Control Systems, NREL Technical Report (2019)

Are Policy Incentives for Solar Power Effective? Evidence from Residential Installations in the Northeast, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2017)

Forecasting Wind and Solar Generation: Improving System OperationsPDF, NREL Technical Report (2016)