John Byrne

University of Delaware

Dr. John Byrne is distinguished professor of energy and climate policy and director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware. He is also president of the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment, visiting scholar at School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and visiting faculty, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory China Energy Working Group. He has contributed to Working Group III of the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1992. The Panel was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. His areas of focus are: climate change policy and economics, solar power development strategy (including the assessment of ‘solar cities’ as a means for transformative energy change), polycentric energy governance and green financing (including the use of ‘sustainable energy utilities’, a model he conceived and is in operation in Delaware – Energize Delaware, Pennsylvania – PennSEF, and Washington, DC – Green DC), climate justice as a design principle for global policy action, and the design of monitoring and verification (M&V) protocols to reduce investor risk in sustainable energy options. Dr. Byrne is co-editor-in-chief of the invitation-only journal, WIREs Energy and Environment, a reference work published by Wiley & Sons. He has published 19 books and over 170 research articles.

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