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
Conservation in California During the Summer of 2001. Berkeley: LBNL, 2002. LBNL-51477. .
Estimating Carbon Dioxide Emissions Factors for the California Electric Power Sector. Berkeley: LBNL, 2002. LBNL-49945. .
The California Climate Action Registry: Development of Methodologies for Calculating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Electricity Generation. Berkeley: LBNL, 2002. LBNL-50250. .
Investigation of Residential Central Air Conditioning Load Shapes in NEMS. Berkeley: LBNL, 2002. LBNL-52235. .
An Engineering-Economic Analysis of Combined Heat and Power Technologies in a μGrid Application. Berkeley: LBNL, 2002. LBNL-50023. .
Assessment of μGrid Distributed Energy Resource Potential Using DER-CAM and GIS. Berkeley: LBNL, 2002. LBNL-50132. .
"Effects of a Carbon Tax on Combined Heat and Power Adoption by Microgrid." 22nd USAEE/IAEE North American Conferences, October 6-8, 2002 2002. .
"Effects of a Carbon Tax on Combined Heat and Power Adoption by a μGrid." Second International Symposium on Distributed Generation: Power System and Market Aspects, October 2-4, 2002 2002. .
The Implications of Carbon Taxation on Microgrid Adoption of Small-Scale On-Site Power Generation Using a Multi-Criteria Approach. Berkeley: LBNL, 2001. LBNL-49309. .
Potential for Renewable Energy Development: Alternatives to AEO2001. Berkeley: LBNL, 2001. .
"Spot Pricing of Electricity and Ancillary Services in a Competitive California Market." Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2001: 10. .
Modeling of customer adoption of distributed energy resources. Berkeley: LBNL, 2001. LBNL-49582. .
"Customer Adoption of Small-Scale On-Site Power Generation." European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Summer Study 2001. Mandelieu, France: LBNL, 2001. LBNL-47896. .
"Direct Participation of Electrical Loads in the California Independent System Operator Markets During the Summer of 2000." European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Summer Study. Mandelieu, France: LBNL, 2001. 23. LBNL-47897 . .
Load As a Reliability Resource in Restructured Electricity Markets. CERTS, 2001. LBNL-47983. .
CERTS Customer Adoption Model. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2001. LBNL-47772. .
"An R&D agenda to enhance electricity system reliability by increasing customer participation in emerging competitive markets." IEEE Power Engineering Society Winter Meeting, 2001. 2001. 247-251 vol.1. .
"Shape of the Microgrid." Power Engineering Society Winter Meeting, 2001, January 28-February 1, 2001. Vol. 1. Columbus, OH: Practical, 2001. 150-153 vol.1. .
CERTS Database Brochure. Berkeley: LBNL, 2000. .
Estimating Carbon Emissions Avoided by Electricity Generation and Efficiency Projects: A Standardized Method (MAGPWR). Berkeley, CA: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2000. LBNL-46063. .
Integrated Assessment of Dispersed Energy Resources Deployment. Berkeley: LBNL, 2000. LBNL-46082. .
"Transmission Grid Access and Pricing in Norway, Spain, and California: A Comparative Study." Power Delivery Europe. Madrid, Spain, 1999. 17. .
Ancillary Services Markets in California. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1999. LBNL-43986. .
Draft Report on Potential Impact of Alternative Efficiency Levels for Residential Cooking Products. Berkeley: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1998. LBNL-40799. .