Brett Close

Managing Consultant

 
 

Brett has the uncanny ability to turn complexity into clarity. He started his career at Southern California Edison, after which he pursued his Ph.D. in applied economics. Today, Brett’s work combines advanced statistical methods with thoughtful modeling of the human interactions that drive energy markets, policies, and programs.

32

countries visited

6

half marathons run

16

years singing in choirs

  • How did you get into the clean energy field?

    I have been working in energy efficiency since graduating from college, but I’ve been thinking about the utility of the future since high school when I wrote my senior paper on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

  • What are you passionate about? What are the ideas that drive you?

    Pretty much everything we do requires energy, but the way we consume energy has a negative impact on our lives in terms of pollution and climate change. There’s so much opportunity to align things better, especially with energy efficiency and renewable energy.

  • How do you spend your time when you’re not working?

    I have a preschooler and a baby, so now my weekends are mostly focused on adventures with them (and trying not to get too far behind on chores). When the kids are a little older, I hope to get back to more running, baking bread, and cooking.

Articles

Publications

  • Close, B. (2017, July). “Valuation of local public goods: Sorting migration as revealed preference for place.” Presentation at the 2017 National Bureau of Economic Research Summer Institute: Energy and Environmental Economics Session.
  • Close, B. (2017, April). “Valuation of local public goods: Sorting migration as revealed preference for place.” Presentation at Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy and Nicholas School of the Environment.
  • Close, B. (2017, April) “Valuation of local public goods: Sorting migration as revealed preference for place.” Presentation at Colorado School of Mines.
  • Close, B. (2016, June). “Valuation of local public goods: Evidence from IRS tax filings.” Presentation at AERE Summer Session.
  • Close, B. (2010). “Overcoming higher education efficiency challenges with facility design and operations guidelines.” Presentation at ACEEEE Summer Study.
  • Close, B. and Webber, C. (2009). “Light and heat: An exterior lighting metering study using both light and temperature loggers”. Presentation at the International Program Evaluation Conference.