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Daniel Steinberg

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Daniel Steinberg is the group manager of the Forecasting & Modeling Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Senior Policy and Economic Analyst
On staff since September 2009
Phone number: 303-275-4287

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy policy and regulatory analysis
  • Econometric analysis
  • Modeling of interactions between climate change and the energy sector

Research Interests

  • Interactions between human behavior and the environment
  • Environmental and energy market impacts of energy and environmental policy
  • Impacts of climate change on global energy supply and demand


  • M.E.Sc in environmental economics and energy analysis, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2009
  • B.A. in earth and atmospheric sciences, Cornell University, 2004

Prior Work Experience

  • Visiting Researcher, The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria (2008)
  • Research Assistant, The Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, MA (2004-2007)
  • Research Assistant, Long Term Ecological Research Site, Toolik, AK (2002, 2003)

Featured Publications

Beiter, Philipp, Wesley J. Cole, and Daniel C. Steinberg. 2017. Modeling the value of integrated U.S. and Canadian power sector expansion. Electricity Journal. 30(2): 47-59.

Cole, Wesley, Trieu Mai, Jeffrey Logan, Daniel C. Steinberg, James McCall, James Richards, Benjamin Sigrin, Gian Porro. 2016. 2016 Standard Scenarios Report: A U.S. Electricity Sector Outlook. NREL/TP-6A20-66939.

Eurek, Kelly, Wesley Cole, David Bielen, Nate Blair, Stuart Cohen, Bethany Frew, Jonathan Ho, Venkat Krishnan, Trieu Mai, Benjamin Sigrin, Daniel Steinberg. 2016. Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) Model Documentation: Version 2016. NREL/TP-6A20-67067

Heath, Garvin, Ethan Warner, Daniel C. Steinberg, and Adam Brandt. 2015. Estimating U.S. methane emissions from the natural gas supply chain: approaches, uncertainties, current estimates, and future studies. Golden, CO: Joint Institute of Strategic Energy Analysis. JISEA/TP-6A50-62820.

Warner, Ethan, Daniel C. Steinberg, Elke Hodson, and Garvin Heath. 2015. Potential Cost-Effective Opportunities for Methane Abatement. Golden, CO: Joint Institute of Strategic Energy Analysis. JISEA/TP-6A50-62818.

Clinton, Bentley, Austin Brown, Carolyn Davidson, Daniel Steinberg. 2015. "Impact of Direct Financial Incentives in the Emerging Battery Electric Vehicle Market: A Preliminary Analysis" (Presentation). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PR-6A20-63263.

Davidson, Carolyn, Daniel C. Steinberg, and Robert Margolis. "Exploring the market for third-party-owned residential photovoltaic systems: insights from lease and power-purchase agreement contract structures and costs in California." Environmental Research Letters 10, no. 2 (2015).

Paranhos, E., T.G. Kozak, W. Boyd, J. Bradbury, D.C. Steinberg, D.J. Arent. 2015. Controlling Methane Emissions in the Natural Gas Sector: A Review of Federal and State Regulatory Frameworks Governing Production, Gathering, Processing, Transmission, and Distribution. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A50-63416.

Steinberg, Daniel C. and Erin Boyd. 2015. Energy efficiency under alternative carbon policies: incentives, measurement, and interregional effects. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64390.

Lantz, E., D.C. Steinberg, M. Mendelsohn, O. Zinaman, T. James, G. Porro, M. Hand, T. Mai, J. Logan, J. Heeter, and L. Bird. 2014. Implications of a PTC Extension on U.S. Wind Deployment. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-61663.

Steinberg, D.C. and Owen Zinaman. 2014. State Energy Efficiency Resource Standards – design, status, and impacts. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-61023.

Davidson, C. and D.C. Steinberg. "Evaluating the impact of third-party price reporting and other drivers on residential photovoltaic price estimates." Energy Policy 62 (August 2013): 752-61. NREL/JA-5200-57765.

Mignone, B., T. Alfstad, A. Bergmann, K. Dubin, R. Duke, P. Friley, A. Martinez, M. Mowers, K. Palmer, A. Paul, S. Showalter, D.C. Steinberg, M. Woerman, F. Wood. "Cost-effectiveness and economic incidence of a clean energy standard." Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy 1, no. 3 (2012).

Steinberg, D., G. Porro, M. Goldberg. 2012. Preliminary Analysis of the Jobs and Economic Impacts of Renewable Energy Projects Supported by the §1603 Treasury Grant Program. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-52739.

Palmer, K., A. Paul, M. Woerman, D.C. Steinberg, "Federal Policies for Renewable Electricity: Impacts and Interactions." Energy Policy 39, no. 7 (July 2011): 3975-91; NREL Report No. JA-6A20-52457.

Goetz, S.J., D. Steinberg, M.G. Betts, R.T. Holmes, P.J. Doran, R. Dubayah, M. Hofton. "Lidar Remote Sensing Variables Predict Breeding Habitat of a Neotropical Migrant Bird." Ecology 91, no. 6 (2010): 1569-76. NREL/JA-6A2-49073.

Steinberg, D.C. "Estimating the impacts of climate change on electricity consumption in Europe." White paper (2010).

Steinberg, D.C. and S.J. Goetz. "Assessment and extension of the MODIS FPAR products in temperate forests of the eastern United States." International Journal of Remote Sensing 30, no. 1 (2009): 167-87.

Goetz, S.J. and D.C. Steinberg. "Laser remote sensing of canopy habitat heterogeneity as a predictor of bird species richness in an eastern temperate forest, USA." Remote Sensing of Environment 108, no. 3 (2007): 254-63.

Steinberg, D.C., S.J. Goetz, and E.J. Hyer. "Validation of MODIS FPAR products in boreal forests of Alaska." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 44, no. 7 (2006): 1818-28.

Full list of Daniel Steinberg publications (NREL)