Chris Marnay is a retired Staff Scientist currently affiliated with the China Energy Group. He worked at Berkeley Lab for 29 years. He models economic-environmental problems related to likely future adoption patterns of small-scale distributed energy resources (DER), especially when clustered in microgrids exercising local semiautonomous control and able to island. He was a member of the Consortium of Electric Reliability Solutions (CERTS) team that proposed the CERTS Microgrid concept, and has published a large body of research on microgrid principles, economics, and applications. His work on DER led to development of the DER Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM), which finds optimum technology neutral combinations of equipment and operating schedules, given prevailing economic circumstances and available equipment descriptions, including multiple generation options, energy storage, and electric vehicles. DER-CAM has been used for numerous analyses and scheduling problems, including storage charging and discharging at the University of New Mexico Mechanical Engineering in Albuquerque. He has lectured widely on microgrid principles, economics, and demonstrations, chairs the annual International Microgrids Symposiums, and served as Convenor of CIGRÉ Working Group 6.22, Microgrid Evolution Roadmap. He has worked at the University of Texas at Austin, was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow at the University of Kitakyushu in 2006, and is an affiliate faculty member in U.C. Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group.
Development Studies, BA, UC Berkeley, 1981
Agricultural and Resource Economics, MS, UC Berkeley, 1983
Energy and Resources, PhD, UC Berkeley, 1993
"Application of the Software as a Service Model to the Control of Complex Building Systems." ECEEE Summer Study, June 6-11, 2011. Belambra Presqu'île de Giens, France: LBNL, 2011. LBNL-4860E. .
"Assessment of the Economic Potential of Microgrids for Reactive Power Supply." ICPE2011-ECCE Asia 8th International Conference on Power Electronics . Jeju, Korea : LBNL, 2011. LBNL-4981E. .
"Evaluation of evolving residential electricity tariffs." ECEEE Summer Study, June 6-11, 2011. Belambra Presqu'île de Giens, France: LBNL, 2011. LBNL-4496E. .
"Integration & Operation of a Microgrid at Santa Rita Jail." Jeju 2011 Symposium on Microgrids, Jeju Island, Korea, May 27 - 28, 2011. Jeju, Korea: LBNL, 2011. LBNL-4850E. .
"Smart buildings with electric vehicle interconnection as buffer for local renewables?." Researching the Intelligent City: Key Challenges of Integrating Urban Energy and Mobility Systems Research Symposium. Berlin, Germany : LBNL, 2011. LBNL-4921E. .
"Analysis of electric vehicle interconnection with commercial building microgrids." UCLA Smart Grid Thought Leadership Forum April 6, 2011. Los Angeles, CA: LBNL, 2011. LBNL-4559E. .
"Applications of Optimal Building Energy System Selection and Operation." Microgen’II: Second International Conference of Microgeneration and Related Technologies, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 4-6 Apr 2011. Glasgow, Scotland 4-6 Apr 2011: LBNL, 2011. LBNL-4764E. .
Distributed Energy Resource Optimization Using a Software as Service (SaaS) Approach at the University of California, Davis Campus. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2011. LBNL-4285E. .
Introduction to the Buildings Sector Module of SEDS. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2010. LBNL-4281E. .
"Behavioral Aspects in Simulating the Future US Building Energy Demand." 2010 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference 2010. LBNL-4079E. .
"Simulation of the GHG Abatement Potentials in the U.S. Building Sector by 2050." 29th USAEE/IAEE Annual North American Conference, October 14-16, 2010 2010. LBNL-4013E. .
"Simulation of the GHG Abatement Potentials in the U.S. Building Sectory By 2050." 29th USAEE/IAEE Annual North American Conference, October 14-16, 2010. Calgary, Canada : LBNL, 2010. 15. LBNL-4013E. .
Storage Viability and Optimization Web Service. Berkeley: LBNL, 2010. LBNL-4014E. .
"The added economic and environmental value of plug-in electric vehicles connected to commercial building microgrids." 2nd European Conference on SmartGrids and E-Mobility, October 20 -21, 2010. Brussels, Belgium : LBNL, 2010. .
"Assessment of Combined Heat and Power System "Premium Power" Applications in California." International Journal of Distributed Energy Resources 6.2 (2010) 131-147. LBNL-3565E. .
Assessment of the Combined Heat and Power System "Premium Power" Applications in California. Berkeley: LBNL, 2010. LBNL-3563E. .
Assessment of the Combined Heat and Power System "Premium Power" Applications in California FINAL REPORT. Berkeley: LBNL, 2010. LBNL-3563E. .
"Optimal Control of Distributed Energy Resources and Demand Response under Uncertainty." IAEE’s Rio 2010 International Conference, June 6-9, 2010. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil : LBNL, 2010. LBNL-3828E. .
Plug-in Electric Vehicle Interactions with a Small Office Building: An Economic Analysis using DER-CAM. Berkeley: LBNL, 2010. LBNL-3555E. .
"The Influence of a CO2 Pricing Scheme on Distributed Energy Resources in California's Commercial Buildings." 23rd Annual Western Conference, Advanced Workship in Regulation and Competition 2010. LBNL-3560E. .
"Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Optimal DER Technology Investment and Energy Management in Zero-Net-Energy Buildings." European Transactions on Electrical Power 21.2 (2010) 1291-1309. LBNL-2692E. .
The CO2 Abatement Potential of California’s Mid-Sized Commercial Buildings. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2010. LBNL-3024E. .
"The CO2 Reduction Potential of Combined Heat and Power in California's Commercial Buildings." Clean Tech Law & Business Journal (2010) 16. LBNL-2850E. .
"Control of Carbon Emissions in Zero-Net-Energy Buildings by Optimal Technology Investments in Smart Energy Systems and Demand-Side-Management." 32nd IAEE International Conference, Energy, Economy, Environment: The Global View 2009. .