As an energy systems engineer in the Grid Planning and Analysis Center's Grid Operations Planning Group, Jennie Jorgenson is interested in the effect of renewable technologies on the power system. Her work focuses on high penetrations of renewable energy, energy storage, and grid flexibility, and she has developed novel methods for modeling a variety of modern electricity resources, such as concentrating solar power, demand response, and energy storage. She is the resident expert in modeling the operations of the power grid's Western Interconnection, with a specific focus on California.

Areas of Expertise

Unit commitment and dispatch modeling

Modeling of enabling technologies such as energy storage, demand response, and electric vehicles

Quantitative and statistical analysis

Power grid topology of the Western Interconnection

Energy storage for grid applications

Research Interests

Understanding the implications of high penetrations of renewable energy on the power grid

Analyzing enabling technologies and their roles in renewable energy integration

Modeling energy systems across various geographies and temporal scales

Examining the environmental impact of power systems


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of North Dakota

Professional Experience

Graduate Researcher, University of Colorado Boulder and NREL (20112012)

Other Affiliations

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Featured Publications

Low Carbon Grid Study: Analysis of a 50% Emission Reduction in California, NREL Technical Report (2016)

Operational Benefits of Meeting California's Energy Storage Targets, NREL Technical Report (2015)

Estimating the Value of Utility-Scale Solar Technologies in California Under a 40% Renewable Portfolio Standard, NREL Technical Report (2014)

Estimating the Performance and Economic Value of Multiple Concentrating Solar Power Technologies in a Production Cost Model, NREL Technical Report (2013)

Value of Energy Storage for Grid Applications, NREL Technical Report (2013)

Impact of Wind and Solar on the Value of Energy Storage, NREL Technical Report (2013)

Fundamental Drivers of the Cost and Price of Operating Reserves, NREL Technical Report (2013)

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