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IIASA Alumnus Energy
Kevin Ummel is a Research Scholar in IIASA's Energy Program. His work includes modeling the drivers and implications of changing household energy use in developing countries as well as understanding how the attainment of decent living standards will affect energy requirements and associated greenhouse gas emissions.
Prior to joining IIASA in 2015, Mr. Ummel was a Visiting Senior Associate at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. Much of his research focused on modeling of renewable energy technologies in developing countries, including integration of spatially-explicit modeling techniques, satellite data, and genetic search algorithms to optimize the deployment of wind and solar power. He is also co-creator of the Carbon Monitoring for Action (CARMA) global power plant database, which provides estimated electricity production and emissions for over 60,000 power plants worldwide. More recently, Mr. Ummel developed techniques to integrate data from household consumption surveys and environmental input-input models to determine the likely financial effects of carbon pricing for 6 million U.S. households.
Mr. Ummel holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management (MESPOM) from a joint program at the University of Manchester and Central European University and a BA in Public Policy from Stanford University.
Last update: 26-APR-2016
Rao ND & Ummel K (2017). White goods for white people? Drivers of electric appliance growth in emerging economies. Energy Research & Social Science 27: 106-116. DOI:10.1016/j.erss.2017.03.005.
Cameron C, Pachauri S, Rao N, Riahi K, & Ummel K (2015). Synergies and Trade-offs between Climate Mitigation and Universal Access to Clean Cooking Goals. In: Systems Analysis 2015 - A Conference in Celebration of Howard Raiffa, 11 -13 November, 2015, Laxenburg, Austria.
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