Dr. David E. White

Principal Associate

Dr. David E. White

PhD Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MS Physics, Case Western University

BS Physics, The University of Akron

David White has analyzed energy systems and been involved with computer modeling since the mid 1970s. A longtime consultant for Synapse, he officially joined as a Principal Associate in 2016. His work at Synapse focuses on the technical analysis and modeling of electric system operations and expansion, electricity industry regulation, energy efficiency programs, renewable resource technologies, and clean air regulations and policies.

Dr. White has conducted analyses for well over 100 projects at Synapse, and has contributed to more than 70 publications. As part of this work, he has modeled most of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) regions in the United States and Canada. Dr. White led the modeling efforts for the 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 Avoided Energy Supply Costs in New England studies, which is a key reference used by New England energy efficiency program administrators.

Other recent Synapse studies that have benefited from Dr. White’s analyses include: State Energy Efficiency Embedded in Annual Energy Outlook Forecasts, prepared for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; The Net Benefits of Increased Wind Power in PJM, prepared for the Energy Future Coalition; Findings Regarding the NSPI 2011 Load Forecast, prepared for the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board; and Potential Impacts of a Renewable and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard in Kentucky, prepared for the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development & the Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance.

Previously, Dr. White was a principal of G-W Associates in Arlington, MA, and before that worked at Energy Systems Research Group (later Tellus Institute). While there, Dr. White had a lead role in developing many computer modeling systems for energy and environmental analysis. Dr. White also worked for five years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Lab.

Dr. White holds a PhD in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MS in Physics from Case-Western Reserve University, and a BS in Physics from the University of Akron.

Selected Recent Publications

Findings Regarding the NSPI 2014 Load Forecast

Synapse Energy Economics for the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, 2014

Authors: David White, PhD, Bruce Biewald

Avoided Energy Supply Costs in New England: 2013 Report 

Synapse Energy Economics for Avoided-Energy-Supply-Component Study Group, July 2013 

Authors: Rick Hornby, David White, Elizabeth A. Stanton, Max Chang, Patrick Luckow, Thomas Vitolo, Patrick Knight, Bruce Biewald

Net Metering in Mississippi: Costs, Benefits, and Policy Considerations 

Synapse Energy Economics for the Public Service Commisison of Mississippi, 2014

Authors: Elizabeth A. Stanton PhD, Joseph Daniel, Tommy Vitolo PhD, Pat Knight, David White PhD, Geoff Keith