Energy Policy Analyst
Energy Policy Analyst


Devyn Powell joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as an energy policy analyst in 2021. Her research interests focus on implementing policies and programs to enable a rapid and equitable clean energy transition. At PNNL, her work has included analysis of local regulations of energy storage, grid interconnection challenges and reforms, and the incorporation of equity considerations and community benefits into a range of energy policies. She earned her BA at Tufts University and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University, where her graduate research analyzed the relationships between utility governance, renewable portfolio standard design, and decarbonization outcomes. Prior to joining PNNL, she worked at Evergreen Action, Solar United Neighbors, and

Disciplines and Skills

  • Energy policy and regulation
  • Energy and environmental justice and equity
  • Community engagement
  • Climate resilience
  • Distributed energy resources
  • Grid interconnection reform
  • Energy storage


  • Graduate work:  Master of Public Policy (MPP), Georgetown University, 2021
  • Undergraduate: BA, International Relations and Environmental Studies, Tufts University, 2014

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Clean Energy Leadership Institute Fellow, 2021



  • Tamaddun K.A., S.E. Barrows, M.U. Usman, J. Meng, N. Woodruff, R.A. Harnish, and D.W. Powell, et al. 2023. "Hydropower Potential at Non-Powered Dams: A Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis Tool based on Grid, Community, Industry, and Environmental Impacts." In World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2023: Adaptive Planning and Design in an Age of Risk and Uncertainty. May 21-24, 2023, Henderson, NV, edited by S. Ahmad and R. Murray, 23-31. Reston, Virginia: American Society of Civil Engineers. PNNL-SA-180007. doi:10.1061/9780784484852.003
  • Twitchell J.B., D.W. Powell, and M.D. Paiss. 2023. Energy Storage in Local Zoning Ordinances. PNNL-34462. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Energy Storage in Local Zoning Ordinances


  • O'Neil R.S., D.C. Preziuso, K.K. Arkema, Y. Ko, N. Pevzner, K. Diamond, and S. Gore, et al. 2022. Renewable Energy Landscapes: Designing Place-Based Infrastructure for Scale. PNNL-32680. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Renewable Energy Landscapes: Designing Place-Based Infrastructure for Scale
  • 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

For a complete list of publications please click the ORCiD logo, which can be found below Devyn's photo.