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
Optimizing Building Energy Use: A Systemic Approach. U.S. Dept. of Energy, Washington DC, USA, 2008.
Policymaking Microgrids: Economic and Regulatory Issues of Microgrid Implementation." IEEE Power & Energy Magazine May/June (2008): 11. "
Radical Rethinking in Building Energy Forecasting - The Open Source Stochastic Building Simulation Tool SLBM In 2008 Behavior Energy and Climate Change Conference. Sacramento, California, 2008.
The Stochastic Building Simulation Tool SLBM and its New Energy Forecasting Approach In Fifth Annual California Climate Change Conference . Sacramento Convention Center, 2008.
Aktuelle Trends in der dezentralen KWK Technologie Integration – Das kalifornische Fördermodell und dessen Implikation für die Endenergieeffizienzrichtlinie In Internationale Energiewirtschaftstagung an der TU Wien. Vienna, 2007.
Current trends of decentralized CHP integration – The Californian investment subsidy system and its implication for the energy efficiency directive. Aktuelle Trends in der dezentralen KWK Technologie Integration - Das kalifornische Fördermodell und dessen Implikation für die Endenergieeffizienzrichtlinie. Berkeley: LBNL, 2007.
Distributed Energy Resources for Carbon Emissions Mitigation." In ECEEE Summer Study, June 4-9, 2007. La Colle sur Loup, France,: LBNL, 2007. "
Distributed Energy Resources Market Diffusion Model." Energy Policy Vol. 35 (2007): 16. "
Distributed Generation Dispatch Optimization under Various Electricity Tariffs." International Journal of Electronic Business Management Vol. 5, no. Issue 3 (2007): 52. "