Jonathan G. Koomey, Ph.D.

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Purpose of this site

This web site is the on-line repository of public information about Dr. Jonathan Koomey, his research, and his publications. For a downloadable CV and biography, go to credentials. For information on Dr. Koomey's lectures and training workshops go to talks.

Summary of accomplishments

Dr. Koomey held a visiting professorship at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental studies in Fall 2009, the Shimizu visiting professorship at Stanford University for Fall 2008, and the MAP/Ming visiting professorship in energy and environment at Stanford for the 2003-2004 school year . He is now a Consulting Professor at Stanford. He worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), in Berkeley, California for more than two decades, and for almost a dozen years he led the End-Use Forecasting group at LBNL, which analyzes markets for efficient products and technologies for improving the energy and environmental aspects of those products.  The group develops recommendations for policymakers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy on ways to promote energy efficiency and prevent pollution. He's also a Research Affiliate of the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Koomey holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. in History of Science from Harvard University.  He is the author or coauthor of eight books and more than one hundred and fifty articles and reports on energy conservation technology, energy economics, energy policy, environmental externalities, and global climate change.

Dr. Koomey serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Contemporary Economic Policy, and has appeared on Nova/Frontline, BBC radio, CNBC, All Things Considered, Marketplace, On the Media, Tech Nation, The California Report, Uncommon Knowledge, Tech TV, CNET radio, and KQED radio.  He's been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, The Washington Post, Science, Science News, American Scientist, Dow Jones News Wires, Christian Science Monitor, Harvard Magazine, Inside Energy, Environment-Energy Daily, USA Today, SF Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, Interactive Week, MacWeek, Business 2.0,, The, Computing Canada, the Fresno Business Journal, and Network Magazine.   

In 1993, Dr. Koomey's report, titled Cost-Effectiveness of Fuel Economy Improvements in 1992 Honda Civic Hatchbacks won the Fred Burgraff Award for Excellence in Transportation Research from the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board. He was an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow for 2004—that program trains environmental scientists and policy analysts to communicate effectively with the media and the public.  He was named an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow for 2005.


Dr. Koomey's recent plenary lectures have included "Facing the climate challenge" (a talk on the world's options for confronting climate change, focusing on the need for both technological and institutional change), "Electricity use and efficiency of data centers : A review of recent data and developments", "Historical costs of nuclear power in the U.S.", and "Sorry, wrong number: Avoiding pitfalls in quantitative analysis". For more details, go here.


The revised and updated 2nd edition of Dr. Koomey's latest solo book, Turning Numbers into Knowledge:  Mastering the Art of Problem Solving, was published in April 2008 by Analytics Press.
Dr. Koomey's latest coauthored book, Winning the Oil Endgame, was published in September 2004 by Rocky Mountain Institute.

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