Nina Peluso

Research Associate


BA Public Policy, University of Michigan

Nina Peluso serves as one of Synapse’s primary energy systems modelers, and has project experience in the ISO New England, WECC, MISO, and national footprints. Her recent work includes electricity systems modeling in EnCompass for the Avoided Energy Supply Costs in New England study, technical support for EPA’s Avoided Emissions and Generation Tool (AVERT), scenario analysis of renewable energy futures in Los Angeles, evaluating nationwide costs and savings from utility energy efficiency programs, and consulting on long-term integrated resource planning and policy development.

Prior to Synapse, Ms. Peluso served as a research assistant on ICF’s wholesale power markets team within the utility planning group. In that role, she worked with both domestic and international clients modeling regional power systems and researching long-term capacity expansion using the Integrated Planning Model (IPM). Ms. Peluso also spent a summer as a member of DTE Energy’s Policy, Strategy & Advocacy team, where she performed detailed legislative analysis, processed internal policy stances, and provided support to company executives on questions of policy development and implementation. As an undergraduate, Ms. Peluso worked as a research assistant for the Social Science Data Analysis Network at the University of Michigan performing independent research at the intersection of complex systems and demography.

Ms. Peluso holds a BA in Public Policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where she focused in energy systems policy and minored in complex systems and science, technology & society.

Selected Recent Publications

Comments on Proposed Michigan Integrated Resource Planning Parameters

Synapse Energy Economics for Sierra Club, 2017

Authors: Ariel Horowitz, PhD, and Nina Peluso

Clean Energy for Los Angeles

Synapse Energy Economics for Food & Water Watch, 2018

Authors: Pat Knigh, Ariel Horowitz, PhD, Spencer Fields, and Nina Peluso