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
"Integrated building energy systems design considering storage technologies." ECEEE 2009 Summer Study 2009. LBNL-1752E. .
"Japan's Energy Outlook for 2050 with Stochastic Sectoral Modeling." IEEJ Energy Journal of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan 4 (2009). .
"Japan's Long-term Energy Demand and Supply Scenario to 2050 - Estimation for the Potential of Massive CO2 Mitigation." IEEJ Energy Journal of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan 4 (2009). LBNL-3849E. .
"The CO2 Reduction Potential of Combined Heat and Power in California’s Commercial Buildings." CleanTech Law and Business Review (2009) 19. .
"Greenhouse Gas Abatement with Distributed Generation in California's Commercial Buildings." 6th Annual California Climate Change Research Symposium 2009. LBNL-3020E. .
"Greenhouse Gas Abatement with Distributed Generation in California's Commerical Buildings." 10th IAEE European Conference, Energy, Policies and Technologies for Sustainable Economies. Hofburg, Vienna, Austria, 2009. LBNL-2693E. .
"Added Value of Reliability to a Microgrid: Simulations of Three California Buildings." Cigré Integration of Wide-Scale Renewable Resources into the Power Delivery System, July 29-31, 2009. Calgary, Canada, 2009. 9. LBNL-1853E. .
"Optimal Technology Investment and Operation in Zero-Net-Energy Buildings with Demand Response." 22nd Annual Western Conference, Advanced Workshop in Regulation and Competition, June 17-19, 2009. Monterey, California : LBNL, 2009. .
"The Open Source Stochastic Building Simulation Tool SLBM and Its Capabilities to Capture Uncertainty of Policymaking in the U.S. Building Sector." 32nd IAEE International Conference, Energy, Economy, Environment: The Global View, June 21-24, 2009. Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Francisco, CA, USA: LBNL, 2009. LBNL-1884E. .
"Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Optimal DER Technology Investment and Energy Management in Zero-Net-Energy Buildings." European Transactions on Electrical Power Vol. 21.Issue 2 (2009) 27. .
"The Added Economic and Environmental Value of Solar Thermal Systems in Microgrids with Combined Heat and Power." 3rd International Conference on Solar Air-Conditioning, September 30 – October 2, 2009. University Palermo, Sicily, Italy, 2009. 11. LBNL-2629E. .
"The Stochastic Building Simulation Tool SLBM and its New Energy Forecasting Approach." Fifth Annual California Climate Change Conference 2008. .
"Radical Rethinking in Building Energy Forecasting - The Open Source Stochastic Building Simulation Tool SLBM." 2008 Behavior Energy and Climate Change Conference 2008. .
"Dezentrale Energieversorgung mit Speichertechnologien." Energy Journal of the Austrian Energy Agency Numbers 2 & 3 (2008). .
"A Buildings Module for the Stochastic Energy Deployment System." ACEEE 2008 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings 2008. LBNL-291E. .
Dezentrale Energieversorgung mit Speichertechnologien. Berkeley: LBNL, 2008. LBNL-618E. .
"Distributed Energy Resources On-Site Optimization for Commercial Buildings with Electric and Thermal Storage Technologies." 2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Scaling Up: Building Tomorrow's Solutions, August 17-22, 2008. Pacific Grove, CA: LBNL, 2008. LBNL-293E. .
Distributed Generation Investment by a Microgrid under Uncertainty. Berkeley: LBNL, 2008. LBNL-872E. .
"Optimal Technology Selection and Operation of Commercial-Building Microgrids." IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 23.3 (2008) 975-982. .
Microgrids and Heterogeneous Power Quality and Reliability. Berkeley: LBNL, 2008. LBNL-777E. .