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Francisco de la Chesnaye

Created: 3/28/2001
Updated: 4/7/2016
Visits: 3,170
Mr. Francisco de la Chesnaye
Technical Executive

Electric Power Research Institute
1325 G St., NW Suite 1080
Washington , DC 20005
United States
202-293-6347 (ph)
202-296-5436 (fx)

Francisco de la Chesnaye is a Technical Executive in EPRI’s Energy and Environmental Analysis Group with responsibilities over the Energy and Climate Policy Analysis Program. The focus of his research is on conducting energy-economic analyses to assess the impact of technology development and energy policies on the electric power sector, the energy system, and the economy at both national and international scales. In 2015, Dr. de la Chesnaye led EPRI’s comment submission to EPA on the proposed Clean Power Plan.

In addition to his research at EPRI, Dr. de la Chesnaye has served on various external expert panels. He is currently on EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board panel on Economy-Wide Modeling.
He was a Lead Author on the 2014 U.S. Climate Assessment’s Mitigation chapter. Dr. de la Chesnaye was a lead author in a 2013 National Academies of Sciences report to Congress that evaluated the “Effects of Provisions in the Internal Revenue Code on U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” In 2010, Dr. de la Chesnaye served on an Academies Panel which completed a report to Congress titled “Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change.”

Prior to joining EPRI, Mr. de la Chesnaye was the Chief Climate Economist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He was responsible for developing and applying EPA’s economic models for domestic and international climate change policy analysis. He led EPA’s efforts to produce the agency’s first independent economic analysis of a climate policy, the McCain-Lieberman bill of 2007. Mr. de la Chesnaye was also a Lead Author for the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Professional Experience

Electric Power Research Institute, Washington, DC, July 2008 - current
Technical Executive

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Chief Climate Economist, 2004 - 2008
Lead Economist, Non-CO2 Gases & Sequestration, 2000 - 2004
Environmental Protection Specialist, 1999 - 2000

World Environment Center, Arlington, VA
Program Manager for Latin America, 1995 – 1999
Project Manager, Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1993 – 1995

Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, DC, 1992 - 1993
Graduate Research Intern

Information Technology International, Bethesda, MD, 1991 - 1992

de la Chesnaye, Lavat & Asociados, Mexico City, Mexico, 1990 - 1991
Operations Manager

Uniroyal Corp., Polycast Technology Div., Stamford, CT, 1988 - 1990
Purchasing Manager


Ph.D. candidate, Public Policy, University of Maryland, 2014
M.S., Environmental Science, Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD, 2002
M.A., Economics, American University, Washington, D.C., 1997
B.S., Economics, Norwich University, Military College of Vermont, Northfield, VT, 1988

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