Kenji Takahashi conducts economic, environmental, and policy analysis of energy system technologies and regulations associated with both supply- and demand-side resources. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Takahashi has assessed the design and impact of utility energy efficiency and distributed energy resources policies and programs in more than 35 jurisdictions across North America for a variety of clients. These include environmental groups, municipal and state governments, and federal agencies such as U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE. Further, he has analyzed the performance, costs, benefits, and potential of clean energy measures and resources, including state-of-the-art measures such as cold climate heat pumps, thermal storage demand response, dynamic windows, deep energy retrofits, net zero energy buildings, and strategic energy management. He also assessed the potential of natural gas demand savings measures as solutions to the gas moratorium placed by Berkshire Gas company, and testified before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities on the matter.
Another area of his focus has been technological, resource, economic, and policy assessments of strategic electrification. This includes his analyses for the Northeast region for the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, New York for New York State Energy Research Development Agency, Rhode Island for the Office of Energy Resources, and the Southwest region for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Partnership. Recently, he and his colleagues authored a report for the Natural Resource Defense Council assessing the technological, economic, and utility system impacts of building electrification in California.
Mr. Takahashi holds an MA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with a concentration in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware, and a BA in Law with a concentration in Public Administration from Kansai University in Osaka, Japan.
Selected Recent Publications
Synapse Energy Economics for the SC Coastal Conservation League, 2016
Authors: Alice Napoleon, Kenji Takahashi, Avi Allison
Synapse Energy Economics for Clean Energy Solutions, 2016
Authors: Alice Napoleon, Kenji Takahashi, Jenn Kallay, Tim Woolf
Synapse Energy Economics for Natural Resources Defense Council, 2016
Authors: Tim Woolf, Alice Napoleon, Patrick Luckow, Wendy Ong, Kenji Takahashi