Jenny Edwards is the Director of Planning and Engagement at the Center for Energy and Environment. She leads the organization’s activities to combine applied research, policy, planning, and stakeholder outreach to create durable clean energy solutions for community and statewide applications. She oversees CEE’s growing area of research on grid integration, which includes advanced metering, beneficial electrification, and geo-targeting of energy services. Leading areas of work for Jenny’s team include utility-community energy planning, commercial building benchmarking policies, “non-wires” distribution planning, electric vehicle integration, and advanced energy districts.
Jenny joined CEE in 2010, and has twenty years of diverse energy analysis and planning experience at the local, state, and federal level. Her education and professional background has emphasized how scientific approaches to system-wide energy and environmental solutions can effectively serve the public decision-making process. Jenny’s previous work includes positions with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Electricity Markets and Policy Group, UC Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab, the MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative, and the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. She has focused on assessing practical market and policy mechanisms to advance customer adoption of clean energy alternatives, particularly energy efficiency and distributed renewables. Her experience includes stakeholder engagement in sustainability planning, life-cycle accounting tools and sustainable consumption tracking, customer end-use analysis, and geographic analysis tools for local resource planning.
Jenny holds a BA in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s in city planning, with a certificate in environmental planning, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.