Jesse is an energy researcher and analyst with the Markets and Policy Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. His current work includes data analysis for rooftop solar permitting and interconnection processes, geothermal energy on public lands, and hydrogen economy strategies. He has a background in energy system modeling and techno-economic analysis.

Research Interests

Energy market and policy analysis

Solar PV permitting and interconnection processes

Geothermal energy

Techno-economic analysis



M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

B.S., Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma State University

Professional Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Colorado State University (2016–2018)

Distribution Grid Planning Intern, Western Resource Advocates (2015–2016)

Mechanical Engineering Intern, Entergy: Arkansas Nuclear One (2012)

Featured Work

Evaluating the Impact of Residential Solar Contract Cancellations in the United States, NREL Technical Report (2022)

Exploring the Link Between Project Delays and Cancellation Rates in the U.S. Rooftop Solar Industry, Energy Policy (2021)

Streamlining Energy Sprawl: Assessment of Geothermal Impacts on Public Lands, Geothermal Rising Conference (2020)

Rethinking Solar PV Contracts in a World of Increasing Curtailment Risk, Energy Economics (2021)

Too Much of a Good Thing? Global Trends in the Curtailment of Solar PV, Solar Energy (2020)

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