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
Localized Aggregation of Diverse Energy Sources for Rural Electrification using Microgrids. Berkeley: LBNL, 2006. LBNL-60399. .
"Optimal Combination of Distributed Energy System in an Eco-Campus of Japan." Second International Green Energy Conference, Ontario, Canada, June 25-29, 2006. Ontario, Canada : LBNL, 2006. LBNL-60516. .
Modeling Interregional Transmission Congestion in the National Energy Modeling System. Berkeley: LBNL, 2006. LBNL-59076. .
"The Value of Distributed Generation under Different Tariff Structures." 2006 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, CA: LBNL, 2006. LBNL-60589. .
Operation of Distributed Generation Under Stochastic Prices. Berkeley: LBNL, 2006. LBNL-59446. .
Microgrids in the Evolving Electricity Generation and Delivery Infrastructure. Berkeley: LBNL, 2006. LBNL-59544. .
A Model of U.S. Commercial Distributed Generation Adoption. Berkeley: LBNL, 2006. LBNL-57962. .
"Effects of a CarbonTax on Microgrid Combined Heat and Power Adoption." Journal of Energy EngineeringAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 131 (2005) 2-25. .
"Optimal selection of on-site power generation with combined heat and power applications." International Journal of Distributed Energy Resources 1.1 (2005) 33-62. .
"Assessment of Distributed Energy Adoption in Commercial Buildings. Part 1: An Analysis of Policy, Building loads, Tariff Design, and Technology Development." Bulletin of The Faculty of Engineering Kyushu Sangyo University 42 (2005) 8. LBNL-60494. .
Microturbine Economic Competitiveness: A Study of Two Potential Adopters. Berkeley: LBNL, 2005. LBNL-57985. .
"An Optimization and Assessment on DG Adoption in Japanese Prototype Buildings." International Symposium on Sustainable Development of the Asian City Environment (SDACE) 2005. Xi'an, China: LBNL, 2005. LBNL-61116. .
"Optimal Model of Distributed Energy System by Using GAMS and Case Study." International Symposium on Sustainable Development of the Asian City Environment (SDACE) 2005. Xi'an, China : LBNL, 2005. LBNL-61117. .
The Effects of Electricity Tariff Structure on Distributed Generation Adoption in New York State. Berkeley: LBNL, 2005. LBNL-57942. .
Empirical Analysis of the Spot Market Implications of Price-Responsive Demand. Berkeley: LBNL, 2005. LBNL-58747. .
"Integrated Modeling of Building Energy Requirements Incorporating Solar Assisted Cooling." 2005 International Conference on Solar Air Conditioning. Kloster Banz, Germany: LBNL, 2005. 7. LBNL-58783. .
Scenarios for Benefits Analysis of Energy Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment. Berkeley: LBNL, 2005. LBNL-58009. .
"Distributed Generation with Heat Recovery and Storage." 7th Annual International Association for Energy Economics European Energy Conference. Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Bergen, Norway: LBNL, 2005. 39. LBNL-58630. .
U.S. Regional Energy Demand Forecasts Using NEMS and GIS. Berkeley: LBNL, 2005. LBNL-57955. .
A Locational Analysis of Generation Benefits on Long Island, New York. Berkeley: LBNL, 2005. LBNL-57506. .
Assessment of Distributed Generation Potential in Japanse Buildings. Berkeley: LBNL, 2005. LBNL-57978. .
"Distributed Generation Potential of the U.S. Commercial Sector." ECEEE 2005 Summer Study Proceedings. LBNL, 2005. LBNL-57919. .
"Optimum Model-E-GAMS for Distributed Energy System by using GAMS Method." Journal of the Society of Heating Air-Conditioning and Sanitary Engineers of Japan (SHASE) 12 (2005) 4. LBNL-57983. .
Real Options Valuation of US Federal Renewable Energy Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment. Berkeley: LBNL, 2005. LBNL-58000. .