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Sadie Bender

Sadie Bender

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 375-2785


Sadie Bender is an economist that has worked on a broad range of energy and environmental economic tasks at PNNL since 2014. She has experience in the valuation and analysis design of complex systems using UML. She also has experience in regulatory economic modeling, life cycle cost analysis, employment impact analyses using Input-Output models, environmental impact assessments, environmental justice and GIS. Sadie leads the valuation tasks within the Transactive Systems Program at PNNL, focusing on implementing valuation into the core of study designs allowing for granular economic analyses of each stakeholder within a complex system.

Research Interests

  • Transactive Energy Valuation
  • Environmental Justice and Equity Considerations
  • Cost/Benefit and regulatory analysis
  • Economic Impact Analyses
  • Input-Output Modeling

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., Economics, Central Washington University
  • M.B.A., Western Governors University

PNNL Publications


  • Pratt R.G., F. Bereta dos Reis, B. Bhattarai, R. Jinsiwale, A. Singhal, S.R. Bender, and H.M. Reeve. 2022. Potential for Transactive Energy to Improve the Provisioning of Grid Services from Batteries. PNNL-33599. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Potential for Transactive Energy to Improve the Provisioning of Grid Services from Batteries
  • Preziuso D.C., D.S. Boff, and S.R. Bender. 2022. Modeling Value Flows in Utility Rate Structures. PNNL-33734. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Modeling Value Flows in Utility Rate Structures
  • Tarufelli B.L., and S.R. Bender. 2022. "Equity in Transactive Energy Systems." In IEEE PES Transactive Energy Systems Conference (TESC 2022), May 2-6, 2022, Portland, OR, 1-5. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-171016. doi:10.1109/TESC53336.2022.9917265


  • McDermott T.E., T.D. Hardy, A. Somani, S.R. Bender, and M.L. Madison. 2021. "Transactive Energy Rationing in an Islanded Electric Power System." In IEEE Green Technologies Conference (GreenTech 2021), April 7-9, 2021, Denver, CO, 323 - 330. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-158444. doi:10.1109/GreenTech48523.2021.00059


  • Bender S.R., J.M. Niemeyer, M.R. Weimar, and T.D. Hardy. 2019. "Considerations for Commercial Building Participation in a Transactive Energy System." In IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT 2019), February 18-21, 2019, Washington DC. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-137666. doi:10.1109/ISGT.2019.8791602


  • Dahowski R.T., C.L. Davidson, S. Yu, J.D. Horing, N. Wei, L.E. Clarke, and S.R. Bender. 2017. "The impact of CCS readiness on the evolution of China's electric power sector." Energy Procedia 114. PNNL-SA-121580. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.1817
  • Yonkofski C., C.L. Davidson, L.R. Rodriguez, E.A. Porter, S.R. Bender, and C.F. Brown. 2017. "Optimized, budget-constrained monitoring well placement using DREAM." Energy Procedia 114. PNNL-SA-121523. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.1496


Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas