Research Fellow, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance
Dr. Jonathan Koomey's most important contributions have been in analyzing the economics of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improving energy forecasting and policy analysis methods, assessing office equipment electricity use, comparing estimates of environmental externalities, categorizing market failures affecting energy efficiency, and teaching critical thinking skills.
Since 1999, he has been the lead analyst debunking the notion that computers and office equipment use huge amounts of electric power, an urban legend propagated by the Greening Earth Society and the Western fuels association. He also was the intellectual leader for the teams that compiled the first measured and peer-reviewed data on electricity used by high density computing facilities (data centers) and he continues to collaborate with the high-tech industry on ways to improve energy efficiency in those facilities.
Dr. Koomey led the analysis of the building sector and the overall economic modeling for the 1997 and 2000 Interlaboratory studies assessing options for reducing GHG emissions in the U.S. The first of these studies was instrumental in convincing President Clinton to sign the Kyoto protocol, and the second was the most comprehensive study of GHG mitigation options ever conducted under U.S. government auspices. Dr. Koomey was also one of the principle contributors to the book series titled "Energy Policy in the Greenhouse" led by Florentin Krause at the International Project for Sustainable Energy Paths.
Dr. Koomey is especially proud of his contributions to teaching critical thinking skills and research methods through his latest book Turning Numbers into Knowledge, training classes, and various refereed and popular articles on the topic. He is firmly convinced that better analysis is a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for better energy and environmental decisions.