Kevin Steinberger

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Kevin Steinberger

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Kevin Steinberger is a Director in E3’s Integrated System Planning practice and works out of our New York City office. He helps utilities and state agencies plan for a low-carbon grid and analyzes how different policies and business models affect clean energy deployment, and has worked extensively with clients and stakeholders across the New York energy landscape. He also works with E3’s Climate Pathways and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) group, helping utilities and state agencies evaluate opportunities for customers to employ DERs and address challenges related to rate design. Mr. Steinberger’s recent E3 projects include analyzing the feasibility, timing, and costs associated with meeting New York’s electric sector targets to inform the Climate Act Draft Scoping Plan; managing an assessment of pathways for New York City government to meet the requirements of Local Law 97; and analyzing strategies for a Midwest utility to achieve its climate and clean energy goals.

Kevin is dedicated to facilitating a sustainable and equitable transformation of the energy system and finding ways to accelerate clean energy growth at the pace and scale needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. He was drawn to E3 by the chance to tackle the energy industry’s toughest challenges and develop tools that will drive the implementation of clean energy solutions.

Prior to joining E3, Kevin spent four years at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he worked with states, power companies, and other stakeholders to analyze the impacts of potential federal climate policies. Kevin enjoys running, hiking, and scuba diving in his free time.

Education: MS, mechanical engineering, Stanford University; BS, mechanical engineering, Princeton University


New York City Long-Term Energy Plan | New York City Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice, 2022-2023

E3 led a team completing an inclusive, year-long study to identify the policies and programs needed to achieve the New York City’s decarbonization goals. E3’s analysis involved both examining policies and programs to meet the city’s long-term goals as well as providing specific recommendations for actions to be taken during the current administration. The study included eight research branches focused on the performance and cost of heat pumps in new buildings; the affordability of electrification retrofits in rent-regulated housing; the opportunities for electric school bus managed charging and vehicle-to-grid; the potential for in-city wind energy; a screening of public lands for new clean energy development; an assessment of the electric grid readiness for increasing heat pump and EV charging loads; and an evaluation of how bulk energy storage could reduce reliance on in-city fossil generation. Based on E3’s study, New York City published PowerUp NYC, the city’s first Long-Term Energy Plan, which includes 29 clean energy initiatives focused on the city’s energy grid, its buildings, and its transportation sector. Many aspects of the PowerUp NYC, from research topic selection to recommendations, were developed in collaboration with the public, and with the public’s interest at the forefront of the decision-making process. The recommendations of the LTEP are aligned with long-term energy and equity policy mandates from both the city and state and revolve around the needs of NYC residents.

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New York Integration Analysis for Climate Action Council Draft Scoping Plan | NYSERDA, 2021 – ongoing

E3 is supporting NYSERDA in its analysis to inform the Climate Action Council’s Scoping Plan. E3 has developed scenarios showing how New York could achieve carbon neutrality as outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). This work includes a detailed analysis of buildings, transportation, industry, electricity generation, non-combustion, low-carbon fuels, and negative emissions using E3’s suite of modeling tools (PATHWAYS, RESOLVE, and RECAP) and parallel modeling efforts at NYSERDA. E3 also assessed the economy-wide cost of decarbonization and compared it to the societal benefits of reduced greenhouse gas emissions and monetized benefits of improved air quality through reduced combustion. E3’s work includes detailed modeling of the CLCPA electric sector targets, including the 70×30 and 100×40 goals as well as technology-specific targets such as the 9 GW offshore wind target.