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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


  • Akdemir K., B. Robertson, K. Oikonomou, J. Kern, N. Voisin, S. Hanif, and S. Bhattacharya. 2023. "Opportunities for Wave Energy in Bulk Power System Operations." Applied Energy 352. PNNL-SA-184207. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2023.121845
  • Alhazmi M., P. Dehghanian, M. Nazemi, and K. Oikonomou. 2023. "Uncertainty-Informed Operation Coordination in A Water-Energy Nexus." IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics 19, no. 5:6439 - 6449. PNNL-SA-157416. doi:10.1109/TII.2022.3195695
  • Mongird K., J.S. Rice, K. Oikonomou, and J.S. Homer. 2023. "Energy-water interdependencies across the three major United States electric grids: a multi-sectoral analysis." Utilities Policy 85. PNNL-SA-175036. doi:10.1016/j.jup.2023.101673


  • Homer J.S., K.M. Boenker, A.A. Lippert, K. Oikonomou, R.M. Tapio, and H. Corsair. 2022. Considerations for Resilience Guidelines for Clean Energy Plans For the Oregon Public Utility Commission and Oregon Electricity Stakeholders. PNNL-33277. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Considerations for Resilience Guidelines for Clean Energy Plans For the Oregon Public Utility Commission and Oregon Electricity Stakeholders
  • 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
  • Mongird K., K. Oikonomou, J.S. Homer, and J.S. Rice. 2022. "interflow: A Python package to organize, calculate, and evaluate cross-sectoral resource interdependency data." Journal of Open Source Software 7, no. 74:4336. PNNL-SA-171534. doi:10.21105/joss.04336
  • 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/
  • Tarekegne B.W., D.W. Powell, K. Oikonomou, E.C. Jacroux, and R.S. O'Neil. 2022. "Analysis of Energy Justice and Equity Impacts from Replacing Peaker Plants with Energy Storage." In IEEE Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies Conference (EESAT 2022), November 8-9, 2022, Austin, TX, 1-5. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-175289. doi:10.1109/EESAT55007.2022.9998034
  • 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


  • Homer J.S., J.S. Rice, K. Mongird, and K. Oikonomou. 2021. Coordination and Planning for Water and Power System Resilience - Workshop Report. PNNL-31880. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Coordination and Planning for Water and Power System Resilience - Workshop Report
  • 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