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Alan Cooke

Alan Cooke

(509) 372-4113


Mr. Cooke has been supporting appliance and commercial equipment efficiency standards by analyzing life-cycle benefits and costs, forecasting equipment shipments, and estimating the cumulative energy saving and emissions reduction potential of more efficient technologies. His research has contributed to many rulemaking documents, including commercial water heaters, fluorescent lamp ballasts, commercial refrigeration equipment, automatic commercial ice makers, and residential air conditioners.

Before joining PNNL in 2010, Alan's career included working for an electric utility, a non-utility load-serving entity, and a management consulting firm. He has developed retail electric and water rates for numerous utilities, wholesale electric transmission rates, prices for other utility services, and pricing products specific to individual electric customers. He led a utility program developing tools and procedures to comply with national electric reliability standards. He also analyzed demand-side management resource cost effectiveness and assisted in integrated resource planning for several utilities.

Research Interests

  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Energy Conservation
  • Resource Pricing Policies

Education and Credentials

  • M.S., Economics, Portland State University
  • B.A., Economics, Central Washington University

PNNL Publications



  • Butzbaugh J.B., D.W. Winiarski, M.A. Halverson, A.L. Cooke, and B. Liu. 2018. "Understanding the U.S. Commercial Building Stock: Building Envelope and HVAC Systems Characteristics Using 2012 CBECS Data Analysis." In 2018 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 12-17, 2018, Pacific Grove, CA, 5-1 - 5-12. Washington, Dc:American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. PNNL-SA-135725.
  • Cooke A.L., J.S. Homer, and L. Schwartz. 2018. Distribution System Planning - State Examples by Topic. PNNL-27366. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Distribution System Planning - State Examples by Topic
  • Winiarski D.W., M.A. Halverson, J.B. Butzbaugh, A.L. Cooke, G.K. Bandyopadhyay, and D.B. Elliott. 2018. Analysis for Building Envelopes and Mechanical Systems Using 2012 CBECS Data. PNNL-26949. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Analysis for Building Envelopes and Mechanical Systems Using 2012 CBECS Data



Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas