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Dr. Nicholas H. Johnson

Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Economics
Chair of the Sustainability Department

Teaching Area(s)



  • PhD, Energy and Mineral Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • MS, Environmental Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Principia College


"Teaching gives me the opportunity to engage with students interested in addressing the complex challenges society faces today."

Dr. Nicholas H. Johnson's interest in current environmental issues focuses on the way energy is produced and used in society and the clean energy transition as the US reduces its greenhouse gas emissions. He main area of expertise in electric reliability. His multidisciplinary research explores the decision-making processes of Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs), the entities responsible for implementing electricity policy in much of the U.S. Dr. Johnson also works for the US Department of Energy's Office of Policy.

Scholarly Interests

  • Electric reliability
  • Electricity economics and policy
  • Decision making in Regional Transmission Organizations
  • Clean energy transition
  • Network analysis

Publications and Presentations

  • Downing, J, NH Johnson, M McNicholas, D. Nemtzow, R Oueid, J Paladino, and EB Wolfe. Pathway to Commercial Liftoff for Virtual Power Plants. US. Department of Energy, September, 2023.
  • Johnson, NH, Demand and Greenhouse gas neutral and Demand management. In: B Haddad and BD Solomon (Editors), Dictionary of Ecological Economics. Edward Elgar Press, 2023.
  • Cocks, M and NH Johnson. “Smart City Technologies in the USA: Smart Grid and Transportation Initiatives in Columbus, OH.” In: HM Kim, S Sabri, and A Kent (Editors), Smart Cities for Technological and Social Innovation, Elsevier, 2020.

For additional publications and presentations, please see the CV below.

Dr. Nicholas Johnson CV