Senior Consultant
Jon Donadee

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Jon Donadee

Dr. Jonathan Donadee focuses on the economics of distributed energy resources. He is currently managing a project for the Hawai‘ian Electric Company in which E3 is assessing the impacts of high penetrations of distributed solar power on cost and reliability.

Jon has also assessed the costs and benefits of mass adoption of electric vehicles for a group of Northwest utilities. He is especially enthusiastic about transportation electrification because of its potential to reduce pollution and transform both the electricity and transportation sectors.

He enjoys the opportunity that E3 provides to work with a wide range of stakeholders and see energy issues from different perspectives. Before joining E3 in 2015, Jon conducted research on microgrids and energy storage at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory. His work on energy storage won the best paper award at the North American Power Symposium in 2014. Jon began his technical career as an engineer at Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, developing spacecraft operations procedures.

Education: PhD, electrical and computer engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; MS, management science and engineering, Stanford University; BS, mechanical engineering, with a minor in economics, University of Michigan


Least-cost planning for achieving Hawai‘i’s 100 percent RPS | HECO, 2015–present

With more than two decades of experience in Hawai‘i, E3 is now helping the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) plan for the grid transformation needed to reach 100 percent renewable generation by 2045. Our long-term analysis supported development of the utility’s Power System Improvement Plan (PSIP), with modeling centered on individual island plans and interisland transmission. The study develops least-cost expansion plans for each island using a variety of policy cases and fuel price forecasts. E3 used its Renewable Energy Solutions model (RESOLVE) to explore the economic trade-off between renewable curtailment and investments in storage, and to develop least-cost expansion plans consistent with each scenario. We also solicited and incorporated stakeholder input. HECO filed the PSIP, including testimony and support from E3, with the Hawai‘i Public Service Commission in December 2016.



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