Jonathan G. Koomey, Ph.D.

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More than twenty five years of experience in interdisciplinary scholarship on energy and environmental issues, incorporating engineering, economics, public policy, and environmental science.  Demonstrated intellectual leadership in analyzing resource impacts of information technology, assessing the economics of greenhouse gas emission reductions, teaching critical thinking skills, and applying engineering-economic tools to solve problems for public and private sector decision makers.  Demonstrated abilities in teaching, fund raising, and mentoring students.


Ph.D. in Energy and Resources  (1990)

University of California, Berkeley

Thesis supervisor:  Anthony Fisher, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics (Committee also included Art Rosenfeld, Physics;  John Quigley, Public Policy;  Robert Edelstein, Business School; and Carl Blumstein, Universitywide Energy Research Group)

Dissertation: Energy Efficiency in New Office Buildings: An Investigation of Market Failures and Corrective Policies.

M.S. in Energy and Resources  (1986)

University of California,  Berkeley

Thesis supervisor:  Edward Kahn, Staff Scientist and Group Leader, Lawrence Berkeley National  Laboratory

Thesis title: A Simplified Spreadsheet Model for Assessing the Load and Energy Impacts of Demand-Side Programs for Selected Residential Appliances.

Coursework:  Energy engineering, physics, economics, energy policy, and environmental science

A.B. in History of Science (1984), cum laude

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Thesis supervisor: Professor Richard Hirsh, Visiting professor at Harvard Business School (Professor of History of Technology and Science & Technology Studies at Virginia Tech)

Thesis title: Energy Policy in Transition:  The Rise of Conservation (documenting changing attitudes towards energy efficiency in the 1970s)

Coursework:  Physics, engineering, computer science, economics, philosophy, history, and history of science.

Awards and Scholarships

AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellowship (2005) to study electricity used by the telephone system and the implications for a large-scale conversion of the phone system to Voice Over IP technology.

Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship (2004), a training fellowship for mid-career academics on effective communications about environmental issues.

• LBNL outstanding performance award (2001) for providing the strategic vision for implementing the 2001 California Energy Crisis web site.

• LBNL outstanding performance award (1998) for taking a leadership role in the buildings sector and the integrating economic analysis for the 1997 Interlaboratory study on scenarios of U.S. carbon reductions.

• National Research Council award (1994) for excellence in transportation research for the Transportation Research Record article titled “Improving Fuel Economy:  A Case Study of the 1992 Honda Civic Hatchbacks”.

• Harvard College Scholarship for academic excellence  (1981-84).

• Harvard University Dean's List (1980-84).

• Sperry & Hutchinson Scholarship (1980-84) .

Professional experience

Visiting Professor, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (September through December 2009), teaching a course titled “Energy Systems Analysis” and a seminar titled “Forecasting energy futures: Pitfalls and prospects”.

Shimizu Visiting Professor, Stanford University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (September through December 2008), teaching a course titled “Quantitative methods for exploring energy futures”.

Technical Advisor to Wattbot (September 2007 to the present), a startup company based in San Francisco, CA focusing on ways to improve consumer access to energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

Leader of an industry consensus process (March through November 2006) to develop a protocol for attaching energy use of servers to standard performance benchmarks.

Judge (2005) and Technical Advisor (2005-2008) to the California Clean Tech Open, a business plan competition promoting clean energy technologies in California.

Senior Fellow, Uptime Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico (February 2005 – Present).  The Uptime Institute promotes reliability in high density computing facilities and continues to collaborate with me on issues related to power use in these facilities. In October 2007 I was the Cochair of the Uptime Institute design Charrette on energy efficiency in data centers held in Santa Fe, NM.

Consulting Professor at Stanford University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (June 2004-present).  

MAP/Ming visiting professor in Energy and Environment, Stanford University (September 2003-June 2004).   Achievements:

• Teaching a class titled “Quantitative methods for exploring energy futures” in Winter 2004, and a class titled “Analyzing combined heat and power technologies from engineering, environmental, and economic perspectives” in Spring 2004. 

• Giving invited talks and participating in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department’s  discussions of the “green dorm.”

• Supervising student projects analyzing the economic and logistic feasibility of the hydrogen economy, the potential for the Stanford campus to have achieved energy savings if it had built “green” over the past 15 years, and other comparisons of forecasts to historical data.

Senior Fellow, Rocky Mountain Institute (July 2003-present).  Key achievement:

• Working with RMI staff on assessing the potential for reducing petroleum use in the US.  The resulting book, Winning the Oil Endgame, was released in September 2004.

Staff Scientist and Group Leader at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Energy Analysis Department in Berkeley, CA (August 1991 to August 2003). Achievements:

• Starting and leading the End-Use Forecasting group (, which provides technical support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy.  Responsible for direct supervision of more than a dozen researchers and other staff, with a budget of $1.5-$2M/year.

• Tracking and refuting high-profile claims by a coal-industry funded group that electricity used by the computers and office equipment used huge amount of electricity.  These claims, which permeated the media, were based on flawed assumptions that vastly overstated electricity use.  We used the latest data and analysis to demonstrate these flaws, and published our work in peer-reviewed journals <>.

• Conducting technical and market analysis for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Atmospheric Pollution prevention division, which is responsible for the EPA's ENERGY STAR programs.

• Leading the team to analyze the Clinton Administration's proposed tax incentives for efficient equipment in the building sector, as part of the President's Climate Change Technology Initiative announced in the State of the Union Address in January 1998.

•  Participating as a primary author of two interlaboratory analyses of the cost of reducing carbon emissions in the U.S. in 1997 and 2000.  Principal author of the analysis on efficiency in buildings, and responsible for the integrated cost analysis and modeling for both studies.

•  Producing (as author or coauthor) more than 140 articles, books, and reports on energy conservation technology, energy economics, energy policy, environmental externalities, global climate change, and cost-benefit comparisons between competing demand- and supply-side resources.

• Invited to testify before Congress in September 2001 about electricity used by high density computing facilities, but those hearings were canceled after September 11th and not rescheduled.

Visiting Scholar at the Department of Applied Physics, University of Sydney (November 2000). 

•  Collaborating with Christopher Dey and others working on photovoltaic technologies.

• Giving an invited talk at the Australian Greenhouse Office in Canberra.

Senior Lecturer at the Energy and Resources Group, at the University of California, Berkeley (Spring 2000).  Achievement:

• Teaching  a class titled  “Tricks of the Trade” using a draft of Turning Numbers into Knowledge as the main text.

Lecturer at the Central European University, in Budapest, Hungary (July 1999).  Achievement:

• Taught a course titled “Energy Policy for Economies in Transition” which presented comparative economics of power generation and efficiency technologies, analytical techniques for evaluating those technologies, and key historical events in energy policy.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Energy Analysis Department in Berkeley, CA (1990-91).  Key achievement:

• Producing the most comprehensive assessment of electricity efficiency potential for the US residential sector that had been created up until that point.  The data and analysis tools developed in that effort are still in use today, albeit in modified form.

Commissioner, City of Berkeley Energy Commission (1986-1990). Key achievement:

• Developing and working to pass (in collaboration with other commissioners and the city council) a revised version of Berkeley’s Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance, which requires homeowners to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes upon resale (up to some dollar cap).

Research Assistant at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Energy Analysis Department in Berkeley, CA (1984-90).  Key achievements:

•  Presenting invited testimony before energy regulatory bodies in Wisconsin (1988) and California (1990).

• Analyzing the impacts on U.S. electric utilities of proposed appliance efficiency standards (1986-1992).

Professional activities

Member, editorial board of the journal Contemporary Economic Policy (1993-Present).

• Guest Editor for a special issue of the journal Resources, Conservation, and Recycling on information technology and resource use (2001-2002).

• Frequent reviewer for the journals Energy Policy and Energy­–the International Journal, and an occasional reviewer for Contemporary Economic Policy, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, The Journal of Infrastructure Systems, and The Energy Journal.


Appeared on Nova/Frontline, BBC Radio, CNBC, All Things Considered, Marketplace, On the Media, Tech Nation, Uncommon Knowledge, The California Report, Tech TV, CNET radio, and KQED radio. 

Quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Financial Times, the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Dow Jones Newswires, Science, American Scientist, Science News, USA Today, SF Chronicle, Harvard Magazine, Inside Energy, Environment-Energy Daily, Oakland Tribune, Interactive Week, MacWeek, Business 2.0, Network Magazine, Computing Canada, and

Other interests

Aikido (3rd degree black belt), classical contrabass, astronomy, hiking.

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