Jeremiah Johnson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2007

M.S., Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2004

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Clarkson University, 2001

Jeremiah Johnson is an Assistant Professor at SNRE and the Center for Sustainable Systems.  Dr. Johnson conducts research on sustainable energy and materials systems, with a cross-cutting aim of improving life cycle assessment methods.  Current studies employ systems approaches to quantify the environmental impacts of major changes to the power grid, such as the integration of variable renewable generation and large scale energy storage.  In addition, Dr. Johnson created multi-scale anthropogenic metals cycles, offering the most comprehensive study of how humans use these resources from cradle to grave.  This work supported analyses on design for environment, metal criticality, and environmental impact.  Dr. Johnson employs several systems methods, including economic dispatch modeling, life cycle assessment, and material flow analysis.  Many research projects aim to inform environmental policy, including studies that evaluate policy design considerations for Renewable Portfolio Standards and State Implementation Plans for carbon dioxide limits to existing power plants. 

Dr. Johnson earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in 2001 and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Yale University in 2007.  His doctoral work was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors.   Upon completion of his graduate studies, he spent five years working in the energy industry, advising utility executives on renewable energy strategy and conducting energy market analysis.  In the Fall of 2012, he joined SNRE and the Center for Sustainable Systems as an Assistant Research Scientist.


Selected Publications

Ryan, N., Keoleian, G.A., Johnson, J.X., Comparative Assessment of Models and Methods to Calculate Grid Electricity Emissions, Environmental Science & Technology, in press, 2016.

Chiang, A., Keoliean, G., Moore, M.R., Johnson, J.X., Emission Abatement Costs and Benefits of Siting an Offshore Wind Farm: A Spatial Analysis of Lake Michigan, Ecological Economics, 130: 263-276, 2016.

Good, J., Johnson, J.X., Impact of Inverter Loading Ratio on Solar Photovoltaic System Performance, Applied Energy, 177: 475–486, 2016.

Lin, Y., Johnson, J.X., Mathieu, J., Emissions Impacts of Using Distributed Energy Storage for Power System Reserves, Applied Energy, 168: 444-456, 2016

Arbabzadeh, M., Johnson, J.X., Keoleian, G.A., Rasmussen, P., Thompson, L., Twelve Principles for Green Energy Storage in Grid Applications, Environmental Science & Technology, 50(2): 1046-1055, 2016.

Johnson, J.X., Novacheck, J., The Impact of Coal Plant Retirements on Emissions Mitigation from Renewable Portfolio Standards, The Electricity Journal, 28 (8): 59–68, 2015.

Novacheck, J., Johnson, J.X., The Environmental and Cost Implications of Solar Energy Preferences in Renewable Portfolio Standards, Energy Policy, 86: 250-261, 2015.

Johnson, J.X., Novacheck, J., Emissions Reductions from Expanding State-Level Renewable Portfolio Standards, Environmental Science & Technology, 49(9): 5318-5325, 2015.

Arbabzadeh, M., Johnson, J.X., De Kleine R., Keoleian, G.A., Vanadium redox flow batteries to reach greenhouse gas emissions targets in an off-grid configuration, Applied Energy, 146: 397-408, 2015.

Johnson, J.X., De Kleine R., Keoleian, G.A., Assessment of Energy Storage for Transmission-Constrained Wind, Applied Energy, 124: 377-388, 2014.

Johnson, J.X., McMillan, C.A., Keoleian, G.A., Evaluation of Life Cycle Assessment Recycling Allocation Methods: The Case Study of Aluminum, Journal of Industrial Ecology, 17 (5): 700–711, 2013.

Johnson, J., Chertow, M., Climate Stabilization Wedges in Action: A Systems Approach to Energy Sustainability for Hawaii Island, Environmental Science & Technology, 43(7): 2234-2240, 2009.

Johnson, J., Reck, B., Wang, T., Graedel, T.E., The Energy Benefit of Stainless Steel Recycling, Energy Policy, 36 (1): 181-192, 2008.

Johnson, J., Graedel, T.E., The “Hidden” Trade of Metals in the United States, Journal of Industrial Ecology, 12 (5/6): 739-751, 2008.

Johnson, J., Harper, E.M., Lifset, R., Graedel, T.E., Dining at the Periodic Table: Metals Concentrations as They Relate to Recycling, Environmental Science & Technology, 41(5): 1759-1765, 2007.

Johnson, J., Schewel, L., Graedel, T.E., The Contemporary Anthropogenic Chromium Cycle, Environmental Science & Technology, 40 (22): 7060-7069, 2006.

Johnson, J., Jirikowic, J., Bertram, M., van Beers, D., Gordon, R.B., Henderson, K., Klee, R.J, Lanzano, T., Oetjen, L., Graedel, T.E., Contemporary Anthropogenic Silver Cycle: A Multilevel Analysis, Environmental Science & Technology, 39 (12): 4655-4665, 2005.


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