Personal Profile

Jordan Macknick is the Lead Energy-Water-Land Analyst for NREL. He is a member of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center's Systems Modeling team within the Resources and Sustainability Group. His primary work addresses the environmental impacts of energy technologies, while seeking opportunities for energy and ecological synergies.

In his energy-water-land leadership capacity, Macknick analyzes national and regional implications of different energy pathways in the context of water and land resources, evaluates opportunities to improve the energy management of water infrastructure, and explores innovative approaches to co-locating solar and agricultural activities. 

Research Interests

Interface of energy, water, and land issues in policy planning

Co-location of agriculture and solar technologies

Energy services of water infrastructure

Water management in unconventional oil and gas operations

Areas of Expertise

Systems modeling of energy and water infrastructure interactions

Renewable-powered water treatment systems

Meta-analysis of diverse data sets

Low-impact renewable energy development

Professional Experience

Research Associate, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) (2009)

Research Assistant, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University (2007–2009)

Community Wind Specialist Intern, Windustry (2007)

Assistant Managing Director, EcoFacilitation Ltd. (2005–2006) 

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Mathematics and Environmental Studies, Hamline University

Master, Transboundary Natural Resource Policy, Yale University


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