Joe Eto

Joe Eto

Strategic Advisor
Energy/Environmental Policy Staff Scientist/Engineer
(510) 486-7284


Joseph H. Eto is a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he is a senior advisor to the Electricity Markets and Policy Department in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division, and a strategic advisor to the Grid Integration Group in the Energy Storage and Demand Resources Division.

Joe has authored over 250 publications on electricity reliability, transmission planning and operations, demand response, distributed generation, utility integrated resource planning and demand-side management, and building energy-efficiency technologies.

Between 1999 and 2020 Joe led the program office for the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions, which was a national laboratory-university-industry R&D consortium founded by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Science Foundation’s Power System Engineering Research Center, and the Electric Power Group that conducted research and analysis on electricity reliability and transmission technologies.

Joe has served the U.S. Department of Energy on a variety of topics related to electricity reliability. He led coordination of technical support for preparation of DOE's National Electric Transmission Congestion Studies (2006, 2009, 2015). He was appointed by the Secretary of Energy to serve on the Electricity System Working Group of the U.S.-Canada Power Outage Task Force, which investigated the Aug. 14, 2003 blackout. He led coordination of technical support for the preparation of DOE’s National Transmission Grid Study (2002). He also served on the Secretary of Energy’s Power Outage Study Team, which conducted independent investigations of high-profile power interruptions that occurred during the summer of 1999.

In 2013, he received the best paper award for the Electric Energy Systems Track, 46th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

In 1989, he received both the Crosby Field Award for best technical paper and the Willis H. Carrier Award for best presentation by an author under the age of 32 from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers.

Joe received an A.B. in philosophy of science and an M.S. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a registered professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California. 

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