Gregory Nemet

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Gregory Nemet is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Nelson Institute's Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. He is also chair of the Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP) certificate program.

His research and teaching focus on improving analysis of the global energy system and, more generally, on understanding how to expand access to energy services while reducing environmental impacts. He teaches courses in energy systems analysis, governance of global energy problems, and international environmental policy.

Professor Nemet's research analyzes the process of technological change in energy and its interactions with public policy. These projects fall in two areas: (1) empirical analysis identifying the influences on past technological change and (2) modeling of the effects of policy instruments on future technological outcomes. The first includes assessment of public policy, research and development (R&D), learning by doing, and knowledge spillovers. An example of the second is work informing allocation between R&D and demand-side policy instruments to address climate change.

He has been a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Global Energy Assessment. He received his doctorate in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley. His A.B. is in geography and economics from Dartmouth College.

Gregory Nemet In the News 


Alexis Madrigal, "The Kind of Energy Research I'd Like to See More Of," December 3, 2012



Publications by Gregory Nemet

Nemet, G.F., E. Baker, and K. Jenni, "Modeling the future costs of carbon capture using experts' elicited probabilities under policy scenarios." Energy, 56: 218-228 (2013).


Jenni, K., E. Baker, and G.F. Nemet, "Expert Elicitations of Energy Penalties for Carbon Capture Technologies." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 12:136-145 (2013).


Altwies, J. and G.F. Nemet, "Innovation in the U.S. building sector: an assessment of patent citations in building energy control technology." Energy Policy, 52(1): 819-831 (2013).


Nemet, G.F., "Subsidies for new technologies and knowledge spillovers from learning by doing." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 31(3): 601-622 (2012).


Gallagher, K.S., A. Grubler, L. Kuhl, G.F. Nemet, and C. Wilson, "The Energy Technology Innovation System," Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 37(1):137-162 (2012).


Nemet, G.F. and D.M. Kammen, "U.S. Energy R&D: Declining Investment, Increasing Need, and the Feasibility of Expansion," Energy Policy 35(1): 746-755 (2007).