Lightning Talks in Pathways to Energy Decarbonization (2pm-3pm)
Chair: Maria Vagliasindi (Lead Economist, INF Practice Group)
Incredible advances in data, analytics and connectivity are enabling a range of new digital applications, able to identify who needs energy and deliver it at the right time, in the right place and at the lowest cost. The electricity sector is at the heart of this transformation, where digitalization enables smart demand response, critical to providing the flexibility needed to integrate more generation from variable renewables, but also to deliver carbon emission reduction. Digitalization in energy intensive industries will enable demand response to reduce peak loads, to shed loads and to store energy in response to real-time energy prices or other conditions specified by the user.
1. Dharik S. Mallapragada, Research Scientist, MIT Energy Initiative
Topic: The economics of storage
Background: based on paper
- "Long-run system value of battery energy storage in future grids with increasing wind and solar generation" Applied Energy, Volume 275, 2020 (with Nestor A. Sepulveda and Jesse D. Jenkins)
2. Prudence Dato, Researcher, Department of Business and Economics, University of Basel
Topic: On welfare impact of DG/ smart grid such as the rebound effect of smart grids deployments can be welfare decreasing and even environmental harmful when fossil fuels still represent a key source of energy generation
Background: based on paper
- "Smart grids and renewable electricity generation by households” Energy Economics 86 (2020) (with Tunç Durmaz, Aude Pommeret)
3. Jan Witajewski-Baltvilks, Associate Professor, University of Warsaw
Topic: The challenges of just transition from coal
Background: based on paper
- "Low-carbon transition in a coal-producing country: A labour market perspective,” Energy Policy 2020 (with Jan Baran; Aleksander Szpor)
4. Francesco Dolci, Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre (JRC) - European Commission's Science Service
Topic: Green hydrogen transport cost assessment in the context of the new EU Hydrogen Strategy
Background: Not yet published work in EC-JRC
5. Ranjit Deshmukh, Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies University of California Santa Barbara
Topic: The challenges of renewable integration in India
Background: Based on the results of his work on MapRE platform, which enables the identification and valuation of spatially-explicit, cost-effective but environmentally and socially sustainable wind and solar resources (countries in eastern and southern Africa and in India).
6. Jevgenijs Steinbuks, Economist, World Bank
Topic: The challenges of decarbonization in Ukraine
Background: based on on-going work
Research Scientist, MIT Energy Initiative
Dharik Mallapragada joined the MIT Energy Initiative in May 2018. Prior to MIT, Dharik worked at ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research, where he contributed to research on power systems modeling, life cycle assessment and also led a research program to study energy trends in developing countries. Through his Ph.D. and nearly five years of research experience in the chemicals and energy industry, Dharik has worked on a range of sustainability-focused research topics such as designing light-weight composite materials and carbon-efficient biofuel pathways, as well as developing novel tools for energy systems analysis. His research interests include the design of novel energy conversion processes and their integration into the energy system. At MIT, Dharik is working on advancing power systems modeling tools to study questions around renewables integration and economy-wide electrification.
Dharik holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. He received a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Assistant Professor, University of Basel
Prudence Dato holds a PhD in Economics from Savoie Mont Blanc University (USMB) in France and a Master’s degree (PhD track) in environmental and resource economics from Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), France. He is currently a temporary teaching and research fellow at USMB and his main research interests are energy, environmental and resource economics. His PhD dissertation focuses on the transition to renewable energy and on investment in energy saving technologies with an interest in smart-grids, micro-grids, household behavior and in economic instruments that favor energy transition. Prudence Dato also has 10 years' consultancy experience working on climate change, energy and environmental issues.
Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies University of California Santa Barbara
Ranjit Deshmukh is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies department at the University of California Santa Barbara. Ranjit’s research interests lie at the intersection of energy, environment, and economics, specifically in low carbon energy systems, clean energy access, and electricity markets. Prior to joining the University of California Santa Barbara, Ranjit was an ITRI-Rosenfeld postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Ranjit holds a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley, master’s degrees in Engineering from Humboldt State University and University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree from the Government College of Engineering Pune, India. He was a Siebel Scholar and a Link Energy fellow while at UC Berkeley and a Schatz Energy fellow at Humboldt State University.
Ranjit is broadly interested in low carbon energy systems and clean energy access. Specifically, his key interests include: 1) strategies, policies, and market mechanisms for renewable energy integration in electric power systems, 2) incorporating multiple techno-economic, social, and environmental criteria for sustainable energy system planning, 3) technologies and incentives for increasing access to clean energy services in developing regions and low income communities. Ranjit’s work has taken him to India, Indonesia, and several countries in Africa. In pursuing his academic and applied research, he works closely with both government and non-government stakeholders including regulators, electric utilities, government ministries, non-profit organizations, and local communities.
Associate Professor, University of Warsaw
Jan Witajewski-Baltvilksis assistant professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, Director of Warsaw Ecological Economics Centre and consultant at the World Bank. Since 2019 he is a lead author of IPCC 6th Assessment Report, chapter 16 (innovation and technology transfer). His research interests include growth, climate change and energy, labour, technological change and applied econometrics. In 2015 he has received PhD from European University Institute, with his thesis supervised by Arpad Abraham and Ramon Marimon.
Previously he obtained degrees from London School of Economics (BSc) and University of Cambridge (MPhil). In academic year (2011/12) he participated in European Doctoral Programme at London School of Economics where his advisor was Professor Francesco Caselli. Since 2018 he is the coordinator and lecturer of Advanced Microeconomics course (compulsory for Master students).
He also composes classical music (for piano, organs and choir).
Research Scientist, Joint Research Centre (JRC) - European Commission's Science Service
Since 2014, Francesco Dolci has joined the European Commission Joint Research Centre as a Scientific Officer. He has worked mainly on technological monitoring and assessment of energy storage technologies with a special focus on hydrogen. Francesco holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Turin (Italy). From 2004 until 2014 he worked several years as a researcher in the fields of catalysis and solid state chemistry, both in academia and industry.
Economist, Development Research Group
Jevgenijs Steinbuks is an Economist in the Sustainability and Infrastructure Team of the Development Research Group. His areas of expertise are in energy and environmental economics, industrial organization, and real estate and urban economics with a particular focus on households’ and firms’ investment problems. His current research focuses on sustainable resource and land use, electric power, and energy demand and efficiency. Dr. Steinbuks has extensive experience with academia, public sector and international institutions.
Before joining the World Bank, he worked as a research economist at the Center for Global Trade Analysis, the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University; the Electricity Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge; the Enterprise Analysis Unit at the World Bank, and Credit Research Center at Georgetown University. He also spent a number of years with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, working primarily on Latvian economic integration in the EU and WTO. Dr. Steinbuks taught a number of graduate and undergraduate courses in economics at the University of Cambridge, Miami University, the George Washington University, and the University of Latvia. His research is published in peer-reviewed academic journals and is regularly presented at international conferences and workshops. Jevgenijs Steinbuks has his PhD in Economics from the George Washington university.