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Dr. Phillippe Phanivong Joins CIEE

August 9, 2023
Dr. Philippe Phanivong on the right. Decorative geometric pattern on the left.

The California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE) is pleased to welcome Dr. Phillippe Phanivong as a Postdoctoral Scholar!

Dr. Phanivong earned his Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley in 2023. His dissertation examined the impacts of electricity rate design on electric grid operations with high distributed energy resource adoption. With his research interests in power systems engineering, energy economics, and electricity regulation, Dr. Phanivong’s areas of study include distributed energy resource operations, price-signal control, congestion management in the distribution system, and electricity market design.

After working as a nuclear power plant electrician in the U.S Navy for six years, Dr. Phanivong obtained his A.S. at North Seattle Community College and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington (UW). He held engineering internships with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Seattle City Light during that time. After graduating from UW, he returned to PNNL as a research scientist before joining the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley for graduate school.

As part of CIEE, Dr. Phanivong will be working on the Oakland EcoBlock project. He believes that the problems in the energy sector today are some of the most challenging and he is excited to be part of a team that tackles these to work towards a decarbonized future.

“The team at CIEE has been a joy to work with so far,” said Dr. Phanivong. “Their broad array of expertise and high-impact work has shaped California’s energy policy for decades, and I hope to contribute my domain knowledge to these efforts on current and future projects.”