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
"A Larger Role for Microgrids: Are Microgrids a Viable Paradigm for Electricity Supply Expansion?." IEEE Power & Energy Magazine May/June (2008) 5. .
"Optimal Technology Selection and Operation of Microgrids in Commercial Buildings." 31st IAEE International Conference "Bridging Energy Supply and Demand: Logistics, Competition and Environment", June 18-20, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey, 2008. .
"Policymaking Microgrids: Economic and Regulatory Issues of Microgrid Implementation." IEEE Power & Energy Magazine May/June (2008) 11. .
"Japan’s Residential Energy Demand Outlook to 2030 Considering Energy Efficiency Standards “Top-Runner Approach”." 2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Scaling Up: Building Tomorrow's Solutions. Pacific Grove, CA: LBNL, 2008. LBNL-292E. .
"Microgrid Selection and Operation for Commercial Buildings in California and New York States." 4th European PV-Hybrid and Mini-Grid Conference, May 29-30, 2008 . Glyfada, Athens, Greece: LBNL, 2008. 12. LBNL-313E. .
Status of Overseas Microgrid Programs: Microgrid Research Activities in the U.S. (English version). Berkeley: LBNL, 2008. LBNL-56E. .
"Optimal Technology Selection and Operation of Commercial- Building Microgrids." (2008) 10. LBNL-63215. .
"Aktuelle Trends in der dezentralen KWK Technologie Integration – Das kalifornische Fördermodell und dessen Implikation für die Endenergieeffizienzrichtlinie." Internationale Energiewirtschaftstagung an der TU Wien 2007. LBNL-62314. .
"Microgrids for Commercial Building Combined Heat and Power and Power and Heterogeneous Power Quality and Reliability." IEEC 2007 Conference on Active Networks and Sustainable Energy Consumption, Nov. 14-15, 2007. Bilbao, Spain : LBNL, 2007. LBNL-63520. .
"Microgrids: An Overview of Ongoing Research, Development, and Demonstration Projects." IEEE Power & Energy Magazine July/August (2007) 19. LBNL-62937. .
"Distributed Energy Resources for Carbon Emissions Mitigation." ECEEE Summer Study, June 4-9, 2007. La Colle sur Loup, France,: LBNL, 2007. LBNL-62871. .
"Distributed Generation Dispatch Optimization under Various Electricity Tariffs." International Journal of Electronic Business Management Vol. 5.Issue 3 (2007) 52. LBNL-62869. .
"Microgrids: An emerging paradigm for meeting building electricity and heat requirements efficiently and with appropriate energy quality." European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy 2007 Summer Study, 4-9 June 2007. La Colle sur Loup, France,: LBNL, 2007. LBNL-62572. .
"Optimal Technology Selection and Operation of Microgrids in Commerical Buildings." IEEE 2007 Power Engineering Society General Meeting, June 24-28, 2007. Tampa, Florida, 2007. .
"Distributed Energy Resources Market Diffusion Model." Energy Policy Vol. 35 (2007) 16. .
"Microgrids and Heterogeneous Security, Quality, Reliability, and Availability." 2007 Power Conversion Conference, April 4, 2007. Nagoya, Japan : LBNL, 2007. LBNL-62460. .
Addressing an Uncertain Future Using Scenario Analysis. Berkeley: LBNL, 2006. LBNL-62313. .
"An Analysis of the DER Adoption Climate in Japan Using Optimization Results for Prototype Buildings with U.S. Comparisons." Energy and Buildings Journal Vol. 38.Issue 12 (2006) 10. LBNL-60594. .
On-Site Generation Simulation with EnergyPlus for Commercial Buildings. Berkeley: LBNL, 2006. LBNL-60204. .
"Distributed Generation Investment by a Microgrid Under Uncertainty." 19th Mini-EURO Conference Operation Research Models and Methods in the Energy Sector (ORMMES 2006). Portugal : LBNL, 2006. LBNL-60592. .
"Integrated Energy System Dispatch Optimization." 4th International IEEE Conference on Industrial Informatics, Singapore, August 16-18, 2006. Singapore: LBNL, 2006. LBNL-60591. .