Michael McNeil received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from U.C. Berkeley in 1990 and a PhD in Physics from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1996. Dr. McNeil joined the Energy Analysis Department at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1999. Dr. McNeil’s work at the Laboratory has focused on analysis of environmental and financial impacts of energy efficiency policies. In the early 2000s, as a member of the Energy Efficiency Standards Group, he developed innovative analysis tools to evaluate energy, financial and environmental impacts of appliance standards for several products. Since 2005 his research has focused on applying these methods to supporting developing country government efforts to develop effective energy efficiency policies. To date, his research projects have supported policymakers in Mexico, China, India, Uruguay, Brazil, Central America, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Indonesia and Vietnam. Dr. McNeil was named as the first Director of Berkeley Lab’s Mexico Energy Initiative and focuses his work on research supporting the clean energy transition in Mexico. He co-developed and leads the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Energy Efficiency for Development Program, which provides technical assistance throughout the world. Dr. McNeil has authored or co-authored three book chapters, nearly 40 journal articles and numerous conference contributions.
"Forecasting Indonesia's electricity load through 2030 and peak demand reductions from appliance and lighting efficiency." Energy for Sustainable Development 49.April 2019 (2019). .
"The International Database of Efficient Appliances (IDEA): A new tool to support appliance energy-efficiency deployment." Applied Energy 205 (2017) 453 - 464. .
"Baseline Evaluation and Policy Implications for Air Conditioners in Indonesia." 9th International Conference On Energy Efficiency In Domestic Appliances and Lighting. 2017. .
Accelerating the Global Adoption of Climate-Friendly and Energy-Efficient Refrigerators. Paris, France: UN Environment, (U4E) Economy Division Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch, 2017.
"Modeling Technological Change and Its Impact on Energy Savings in the U.S. Iron and Steel Sector." Applied Energy 202.September 15, 2017 (2017). .
"Methodology for the National Water Savings and Spreadsheet: Indoor Residential and Commercial/Institutional Products, and Outdoor Residential Products." The International Water Association Specialist Conference on Efficient Use and Management of Water. Bath, England, United Kingdom, 2017. .
"Energy efficiency outlook in China’s urban buildings sector through 2030." Energy Policy 97 (2016) 532 - 539. .
"The International Database of Efficient Appliances (IDEA): A New Resource for Global Efficiency Policy." 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, Ca, 2016. LBNL-1006273. .
Energy Efficiency Indicators and Impact Metrics. 2016. LBNL-1005695. .
Rebound Effects in the Context of Developing Country Efficiency Programs. 2015. LBNL-1004377. .
"Potential Impact of Lighting and Appliance Efficiency Standards on Peak Demand: The Case of Indonesia." 8th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting. Luzern, Switzerland, 2015. LBNL-1003760. .
"Water Heater Technical Study to Improve MEPS – South Africa." 8th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting. Luzern, Switzerland, 2015. LBNL-1003759. .
"Impacts Evaluation of Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards in Mexico since 2000." International Energy Program Evaluation Conference. Long Beach, CA, 2015. LBNL-1003758. .
"Cooling the Growth of Air Conditioners Energy Consumption." ECEEE 2015 Summer Study on energy efficiency. Hyères, France, 2015. LBNL-184253. .
"Investigating greenhouse challenge from growing trends of electricity consumption through home appliances in buildings." Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 36 (2014) 188-193. .
"Superefficient Refrigerators: Opportunities and Challenges for Efficiency Improvement Globally." 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, Ca, 2014. .
"A Comparative Study of Energy Consumption and Efficiency of Japanese and Chinese Manufacturing Industry." Energy Policy 70 (2014) 45-56. .
Energy Efficiency Potential for Distribution Transformers in the APEC Economies. 2013. LBNL-6682E. .