RenewElec Team - Ph.D. Students

RenewElec is a collaborative effort funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the RK Mellon Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Electric Power Research Institute, the Heinz Endowments,  and lead by Carnegie Mellon University's Engineering and Public Policy Department.  Bios for the project team can be found below.

Daniel Schnitzer

Daniel Schnitzer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Schnitzer is also the co-Founder and co-Director of EarthSpark International, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating energy poverty in developing countries. EarthSpark is presently engaged with two communities in Haiti and numerous for-profit ventures in an effort to develop a financially sustainable supply chain for clean energy technologies. Mr. Schnitzer previously worked at KEMA, Inc., an energy consulting firm. At KEMA, Mr. Schnitzer researched the impact of hurricanes on electricity rate structures in the Caribbean and worked on DSM design and evaluation projects for utilities and government agencies in the United States. He frequently worked on technical and financial feasibility studies for Massachusetts’s community wind projects. As part of KEMA’s energy storage knowledge group, Mr. Schnitzer also contributed to a flywheel storage emissions savings model and a bulk storage grid-interconnection model. Mr. Schnitzer also worked to update KEMA’s proprietary long-term grid planning and investment model. Mr. Schnitzer graduated from the University of Chicago in June 2007 with a B.A. in Physics, Economics and Environmental Studies.