About Matthias Fripp

Matthias Fripp

Associate Vice President, Modelling, Mapping and Analytics


Areas of expertise:

Power system planning, economics, renewable energy, electricity regulation, technical-economic modeling and mapping


Matthias leads EDF's team of analytical staff and works with external partners to model and map the impacts of climate policy and other interventions on people's well-being -- including impacts on specific vulnerable groups. He is also the lead author of Switch, groundbreaking open-source software for designing reliable, low-cost power systems with large shares of renewable energy.


Matthias brings deep modeling and analytical expertise to EDF. He spent 10 years at the University of Hawaii, where he was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering focused on optimal design of power systems. Before that, he spent 4 years at the University of Oxford as the NextEra Research Fellow in Renewable Energy.


Lewis & Clark College, B.A., Environmental Studies, Summa Cum Laude

University of California, Berkeley, M.S., Energy and Resources

University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., Energy and Resources


F. Najafi and M. Fripp, “Stochastic Optimization of Electric Water Heater Under Dynamic Pricing Using Mixed Integer Linear Programming,” Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, vol. 42, Dec. 2020, 100834.

J. Johnston, R. Henríquez, B. Maluenda and M. Fripp, “Switch 2.0: a modern platform for planning high-renewable power systems,” SoftwareX, vol. 10, July–Dec. 2019, 100251.

M. Fripp, “Intercomparison between Switch 2.0 and GE MAPS models for simulation of high-renewable power systems in Hawaiʻi,” Energy, Sustainability and Society, vol. 8, no. 1, p. 41, Dec. 2018.

F. Najafi, M. Hamzeh and M. Fripp, “Unbalanced Current Sharing Control in Islanded Low Voltage Microgrids,” Energies, vol. 11, no. 10, 2018, p. 2776.

A. Izawa and M. Fripp, “Multi-Objective Control of Air Conditioning Improves Cost, Comfort and System Energy Balance,” Energies, vol. 11, no. 9, 2018, p. 2373,

S. A. Fatemi, A. Kuh, and M. Fripp, “Parametric methods for probabilistic forecasting of solar irradiance,” Renewable Energy, vol. 129, no. Part A, pp. 666–676, Dec. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2018.06.022

S. Nourollah, A. Pirayesh, and M. Fripp, “Multitier decentralized control scheme using energy storage unit and load management in inverter-based AC microgrids,” Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, vol. 25, pp. 735–751, 2017. http://online.journals.tubitak.gov.tr/openDoiPdf.htm?mKodu=elk-1506-64

S. A. Fatemi, A. Kuh, and M. Fripp, “Online and batch methods for solar radiation forecast under asymmetric cost functions,” Renewable Energy, vol. 91, pp. 397–408, Jun. 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2016.01.058

J. Carland, M. Umeda, T. Wilkey, A. Oberbeck, J. Cumming, N. Parks, M. Fripp, A. Kuh, and D. Garmire, “Self-Sustaining Meteorological Wireless Sensor Networks,” Sensors & Transducers, vol. 160, no. 12, pp. 118–124, Dec. 2013. http://www.sensorsportal.com/HTML/DIGEST/P_1588.htm

M. Fripp, “Switch: a planning tool for power systems with large shares of intermittent renewable energy,” Environmental Science & Technology, vol. 46, no. 11, pp. 6371–6378, Jun. 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es204645c

J. Nelson, J. Johnston, A. Mileva, M. Fripp, I. Hoffman, A. Petros-Good, C. Blanco, and D. M. Kammen, “High-resolution modeling of the western North American power system demonstrates low-cost and low-carbon futures,” Energy Policy, vol. 43, pp. 436–447, Apr. 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2012.01.031

B. J. Krohn and M. Fripp, “A life cycle assessment of biodiesel derived from the ‘niche filling’ energy crop camelina in the USA,” Applied Energy, vol. 92, pp. 92–98, Apr. 2012.  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306261911006799

M. Fripp, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Operating Reserves Used to Backup Large-Scale Wind Power,” Environmental Science & Technology, vol. 45, no. 21, pp. 9405–9412, Nov. 2011. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es200417b

M. Fripp, “Optimal investment in wind and solar power in California,” Doctoral dissertation, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley, Oct. 2008. http://gradworks.umi.com/33/88/3388273.html

M. Fripp and R. H. Wiser, “Effects of Temporal Wind Patterns on the Value of Wind-Generated Electricity in California and the Northwest,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 477–485, May 2008. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2008.919427

D. A. Ghertner and M. Fripp, “Trading away damage: Quantifying environmental leakage through consumption-based, life-cycle analysis,” Ecological Economics, vol. 63, no. 2–3, pp. 563–577, Aug. 2007.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800906006045