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Kostas Oikonomou

Kostas Oikonomou

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 371-7044


Dr. Konstantinos Oikonomou is an electrical engineer in the Energy & Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he studies the operation, optimization, economics, and resilience of interdependent critical infrastructures.

Research Interests

  • His research interests also include designing electricity market participation frameworks for active power and water distribution networks and developing physics-based models to capture dynamic multiscale interactions, feedbacks, and flexibility across power and water systems including hydropower resources.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., in Electrical Engineering, University of Utah
  • M.S., in Energy Engineering, University of Durham, United Kingdom
  • M.S., in Electrical Engineering, George Washington University
  • B.S., in Physics, University of Patras, Greece

PNNL Publications


  • Magee T., S. Turner, M. Clement, K. Oikonomou, E. Zagona, and N. Voisin. 2022. "Evaluating power grid model hydropower feasibility with a river operations model." Environmental Research Letters 17, no. 8:Art. No. 84035. PNNL-SA-169958. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ac83db
  • Oikonomou K., B. Tarroja, J. Kern, and N. Voisin. 2022. "Core Process Representation in Power System Operational Models: Gaps, Challenges, and Opportunities for Multisector Dynamics." Energy 238, no. Part C:Art. No. 122049. PNNL-SA-158707. doi:10.1016/
  • Wessel J., J. Kern, N. Voisin, K. Oikonomou, and J. Haas. 2022. "Technology pathways could help drive the U.S. West Coast grid's exposure to hydrometeorological uncertainty." Earth's Future 10, no. 1:e2021EF002187. PNNL-SA-161905. doi:10.1029/2021EF002187
  • Wu D., S. Huang, K. Oikonomou, R. Hu, B. Huang, C.K. Vartanian, and X. Ma, et al. 2022. Avista's Shared Energy Economy Model Pilot - A Techno-economic Assessment. PNNL-33107. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Avista's Shared Energy Economy Model Pilot - A Techno-economic Assessment


  • Oikonomou K., K. Mongird, J.S. Rice, and J.S. Homer. 2021. "Resilience of Interdependent Water and Power Systems: A Literature Review and Conceptual Modeling Framework." Water 13, no. 20:Art. No. 2846. PNNL-SA-165703. doi:10.3390/w13202846
  • Umunnakwe A., H. Huang, K. Oikonomou, and K. Davis. 2021. "Quantitative Analysis of Power Systems Resilience: Standardization, Categorizations, and Challenges." Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 149. PNNL-SA-155690. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2021.111252

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas