Dr. Steve Letendre
Steve Letendre, PhD, joined Synapse in 2019. He provides economic and policy analysis of technology solutions to clients seeking to accelerate the transition to clean energy. After an initial focus on evaluating utility investments in demand-side management, he expanded his focus to include economic and policy analyses of distributed energy resources. This includes extensive work on electric vehicles and renewable energy grid integration. For instance, in a previous consulting role on behalf of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, Dr. Letendre engaged with a variety of stakeholders such as regulators, grid operators, academics, and advocates to identify the potential to leverage cutting-edge solar forecasting methods to increase the penetration of solar on regional grids. For the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, he manipulated large datasets from the U.S. Department of Energy’s EV Project program on electric vehicle (EV) charging behaviors. Through his analysis, he quantified the economic benefits of intelligent vehicle charging strategies.
Over the course of his career, he has published over 50 articles/reports and delivered dozens of presentations at professional meetings on innovative energy topics, focusing on sustainable energy development and policy. These publications include a U.S. Department of Energy-funded modeling study of the economic benefits of distributed solar energy technology that led to a published dissertation titled, “Photovoltaics for Sustainability: An Investigation of the Distributed Utility Concept as a Policy Framework.” He has extensive experience sharing complex information on energy markets and technologies with decision-makers through stakeholder processes, writing, public speaking, and teaching. In addition to the clients above, Dr. Letendre has consulted for the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center, the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, Green Mountain Power, and the Vermont Community Foundation. He has also provided analysis for the University of Delaware and the Research Triangle Institute. He has a PhD in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with a specialization in Energy Economics & Policy from the University of Delaware, and an MA in Economics from State University of New York at Binghamton.