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
Energy Manager Design for Microgrids. CERTS, 2005. .
Distributed Energy Resources at Naval Base Ventura County Building 1512. Berkeley: LBNL, 2004. LBNL-55340. .
"Effects of a Carbon Tax on Microgrid Combined Heat and Power Adoption." Journal of Energy Engineering Quantitative Models for (2004) 24. LBNL-51771. .
A New Approach for Modeling the Peak Utility Impacts from a Proposed Commerical Unitary Air-Conditioning Standard. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2004. LBNL-55269. .
"The CERTS Microgrid and the Future of the Macrogrid." ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Berkeley: LBNL, 2004. 14. LBNL-55281. .
"Validation of the Thermal Effect of Roof-Spraying and Green Plants in an Insulated Building." SimBuild 2004, IBPSA-USA National Conference, August 4-6, 2004. Boulder, CO, 2004. .
Distributed Energy Resources at Naval Base Ventura County Building 1512: A Sensitivity Analysis. Berkeley: LBNL, 2004. LBNL-55340. .
Learning and Cost Reductions for Generating Technologies in the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS). Berkeley: LBNL, 2004. LBNL-52559. .
"The New York Transmission Congestion Contract Market: Is It Truly Working Efficiently?." The Electricity Journal 16.9 (2003) 14-24. LBNL-53220. .
Integration of Distributed Energy Resources: The CERTS MicroGrid Concept. CERTS, 2003. LBNL-50829. .
Review of Test Facilities for Distributed Energy Resources. Berkeley: LBNL, 2003. LBNL-51954. .
A Business Case for On-Site Generation: The BD Biosciences Pharmingen Project. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2003. LBNL-52759. .
Distributed Energy Resources with Combined Heat and Power Applications. Berkeley: LBNL, 2003. LBNL-52718. .
On the Efficiency of the New York Independent System Operator Market for Transmission Congestion Contracts. Berkeley: LBNL, 2003. LBNL-52386. .
Distributed Energy Resources in Practice: A Case Study Analysis and Validation of LBNL’s Customer Adoption Model. Berkeley: LBNL, 2003. LBNL-52753. .
Evaluation Framework and Tools for Distributed Energy Resources. Berkeley: LBNL, 2003. LBNL-52079. .
Distributed Generation Capabilities of the National Energy Modeling System. Berkeley: LBNL, 2003. LBNL-52432. .
Conservation in California During the Summer of 2001. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2002. LBNL-51477. .
Estimating carbon dioxide emissions factors for the California electric power sector. Vol. 33. 2002. LBNL-49945. .
"Development of methodologies for calculating greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation for the California climate action registry." International Emissions Inventory Conference. Vol. 12. 2002. LBNL-50225. .
Effects of a Carbon Tax on Combined Heat and Power Adoption by a Microgrid. Berkeley: LBNL, 2002. LBNL-51771. .
New Method and Reporting of Uncertainty in LBNL National Energy Modeling System Runs. Berkeley: LBNL, 2002. LBNL-52399. .