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Jesse Noffsinger


Works with organizations to understand, drive, and prepare for the global energy transition, bringing deep insight into renewable and flexibility technologies and integrations into the energy economy

Jesse is a partner in our Seattle office and serves electric-power utilities, technology providers, and investors on topics including energy-system optimization, integration of distributed energy resources, and emerging business models for renewable energy systems. He also manages the global market intelligence team in McKinsey’s Power Solutions group and leads the development and deployment of our advanced-analytics platform for global electric power.

Some of Jesse’s recent projects include the following:

  • designing a power-sector roadmap to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in a US market, including the impact of electrification, the growth of new technologies, and the potential implications for economic development
  • assessing the potential of a country-wide scale-up of hydrogen on carbon emissions, total societal costs, incumbent business models, and new opportunities
  • evaluating risk of weather and technology-driven load-shedding in competitive power markets
  • developing a granular demand outlook for the US electricity sector, including end-uses by geography and over time
  • supporting multiple industrial clients on energy strategy to reduce emissions increase resiliency
  • sizing the US residential and commercial and industrial rooftop solar market for the unregulated business of a US utility
  • helping an energy-services company conduct an economic valuation of bundled distributed energy resources by location and load shape
  • evaluating grid-scale battery-storage projects in the US across multiple markets and value streams

In addition to his client work, Jesse contributes to our knowledge development in the areas of power systems, clean technologies, and decarbonization pathways and frequently publishes articles on these and other topics.

Published Work

Global Energy Perspective 2023: Power outlook,” McKinsey & Company, January 2024

Global Energy Perspective 2023: Hydrogen outlook,” McKinsey & Company, January 2024

An affordable, reliable, competitive path to net zero, McKinsey & Company, November 2023

The role of natural gas in the move to cleaner, more reliable power,” McKinsey & Company, September 2023

What promise does V2X hold for fleets?,” McKinsey & Company, August 2023

Net-zero heat: Long-duration energy storage to accelerate energy system decarbonization,” McKinsey & Company, November 2022

Decarbonizing the grid with 24/7 clean power purchase agreements,” McKinsey & Company, May 2022

How climate action can help deliver EU energy security,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022

Net zero by 2035: A pathway to rapidly decarbonize the US power sector,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

The Texas power crisis: Shining a light on the generation outages,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

How to decarbonize global power systems,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Charging electric-vehicle fleets: How to seize the emerging opportunity,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

A 2040 vision for the US power industry: Evaluating two decarbonization scenarios,” McKinsey & Company, February 2020

The global relevance of New York State’s clean-power targets,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019


University of California, Berkeley
PhD, physics

The University of Kansas
BS, physics