Ph.D. Student, Energy Graduate Group
Mr. Bowden is a Ph.D. student at UC Davis Energy Graduate Group with focus on the economics of electric power systems. Prior to entering UC Davis, Mr. Bowden was a Lecturer in the Economics Department and Research Associate with the Institute for Regulatory Policy at Illinois State University. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Bowden was an economic analyst with the Illinois Commerce Commission where he focused on the market rules and operations of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and PJM Regional Transmission Operator. Mr. Bowden has been the involved in electric industry education since 2006 and has specialized in the digitization of utility price data for application development and research through grants from the Department of Energy and the Sloan Foundation.
During his tenure at the Illinois Commerce Commission, Mr. Bowden participated in several USAID projects with the Kosovo Energy Regulatory Office and the Energy Regulators Regional Association in Tbilisi, Georgia and Budapest, Hungary. Currently, Mr. Bowden is working with UC Davis Mandela Washington Fellow Janvier Kabananiye and Rwandan solar developer, Great Lakes Power, to develop solar system projects and a solar industry workforce development program in Rwanda. Support for this Rwanda Solar Initiative has come from the UC Davis Blum Center and USAID.
Mr. Bowden has published academic research in the field of electricity and natural gas in Energy Economics, Journal of Policy Modeling, The Electricity Journal and Energy Sources as well as a regular column for the trade publication Natural Gas and Electricity.