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Gavin McCormick

Executive Director: WattTime
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Gavin McCormick is co-founder and executive director of WattTime.

Academic and social entrepreneur, Gavin applies behavioral economics to energy markets to develop ultra-low-cost techniques to deliver more renewable power and energy efficiency at scale. While a PhD student at UC Berkeley, Gavin discovered green power can be provided at a much lower cost by simply correcting for the effects of known cognitive biases on electricity market incentive structures. As co-founder and Executive Director of WattTime, Gavin helps connect people and smart devices to this novel technique of drawing cleaner electricity from the regular power grid. His prior work with the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Lab includes applying behavioral economics to increase the impact of existing government energy initiatives. Gavin’s energy industry experience also includes advising large industrial clients through NERA Economic Consulting. He is a graduate of Williams College.

Authored Blog Posts

Not All Renewables Are Created Equal: Quantifying the Emissions Benefits of Institutional Renewable Energy Purchasing Options

In recent years, institutional climate action targets, renewable energy subsidies, and the rapidly falling costs of wind and solar have led more and more large institutions to begin purchasing significant quantities of off-site renewable energy. The practice has grown rapidly, from 70 megawatts purchased in 2012 to over 2,780…

Do You Really Know Where Your Electricity Is Coming From?

Four years ago, I was part of a group of graduate students from UC Berkeley and software engineers from Google and Climate Corporation who met at a hackathon. We unexpectedly discovered that by pooling our combined skills, we could solve a problem that hadn’t been cracked. For the first time,…