Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist/Engineer


Dr. Sarah Josephine Smith is a Research Scientist in the Sustainable Energy Systems group. She specializes in energy use modeling across end-use, customer, and industry-wide scales, economic modeling of energy technologies and systems, and system optimization. Her current research focuses on modeling design, load response, costs, and benefits of dynamic electricity tariffs and other load flexibility technologies, and on understanding energy use and environmental impacts of data centers. She is also an expert in technology learning and innovation, end use load shape modeling, and battery cost, manufacturing, and supply chain analyses. Dr. Smith received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, with a focus on system-wide economic and environmental optimization of organic waste-to-energy infrastructure.


Spot: EERE DECARB Team -  April 17th 2024

For creative, innovative, and impactful contributions to the EERE DECARB initiative and improving our understanding of economy-wide decarbonization strategies.

Spot: Team Workforce Development -  August 18th 2021

For contributions to the Lab's Workforce Development & Education programs in Spring and/or Summer of 2021, and for supporting research experiences for undergraduates, teachers, and faculty collaborators.

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Spot: Sarah Smith -  July 27th 2016

For outstanding performance in developing a groundbreaking report on data center energy use in the United States.

Spot: Peter Alstone, Michael Berger, Laurel Dunn, Jennie Potter, Sarah Smith and Julia Szinai -  May 12th 2016

For outstanding collaborative effort to produce a report that will change how DR is implemented in California.

Spot: Sarah Smith -  April 26th 2016

Outstanding contributions to the preparation and completion of the Electricity End Uses, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Energy Resources Baseline Report.