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Jeff Cook

Renewable Energy Policy and Market Analyst

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Jeff Cook is a member of the Market & Policy Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. His areas of expertise include emerging solar technology and cost reduction opportunities, renewable energy procurement and permitting software, and distributed energy resource aggregation. Jeff also works on corporate renewable procurement and geothermal development on public land.

Research Interests

Decision support software for renewable energy

Policy analysis and novel technology market assessment

Clean energy technology cost reduction and market expansion opportunities

Technology commercialization partnerships


Ph.D. in Political Science, Colorado State University–Fort Collins, 2017

M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy, University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, 2012

B.S. in Political Science, Environmental Politics and Policy, and Public Administration, University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, 2011

Professional Experience

Instructor, Colorado State University–Fort Collins (2015–2017; 2022)

Research Associate, Center for the New Energy Economy (2013–2017)

Featured Work

SolarAPP+ Pilot Analysis: Performance and Impact of Instant, Online Solar Permitting, NREL Technical Report (2022)

A Retrospective Analysis of Distributed Solar Interconnection Timelines and Related State Mandates, NREL Technical Report (2022)

Affordable and Accessible Solar for All: Barriers, Solutions, and On-Site Adoption Potential, NREL Technical Report (2021)

Exploring the link between project delays and cancelation rates in the U.S. rooftop solar industry, Energy Policy (2021)

GeoVision Analysis Supporting Task Force Report: Barriers; An Analysis of Non-Technical Barriers to Geothermal Deployment and Potential Improvement Scenarios, NREL Technical Report (2019)