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David Hurlbut

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David Hurlbut is a member of the Market and Policy Impact Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Senior Analyst
On staff since January 2007
Phone number: 303-384-7334
E-mail: david.hurlbut@nrel.gov

Areas of expertise

  • Policy and legislative analysis
  • Statistical analysis and econometrics
  • Optimization modeling
  • Cost-benefit analysis

Primary research interests

  • Economic incentives and market behavior affecting energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment
  • State policies for energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Coordinating state and federal renewable energy policies within multi-state regional transmission organizations
  • Competitive electricity markets
  • Renewable energy infrastructure issues

Education and background training

  • Ph.D. in public policy, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin, 1999
  • Master of public affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin, 1991
  • B.A. in journalism, the University of Houston, 1983

Prior work experience

  • Senior Economist, Public Utility Commission of Texas, 2000-2006
  • Peace Corps volunteer, Nepal, 1984-88
  • Reporter, Dallas Times Herald, 1981-84
  • Business Editor, Billings Gazette, 1980-81

Selected publications

Hurlbut, David, Ella Zhou, Kevin Porter, and Douglas J. Arent. 2015. Renewables-Friendly' Grid Development Strategies: Experience in the United States, Potential Lessons for China. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64940.

Gagne, Douglas, Scott Haase, Brett Oakleaf, David Hurlbut, Sertac Akar, Anna Wall, Craig Turchi, Philip Pienkos, Jennifer Melius, and Marc Melaina. 2015. Potential for Renewable Energy Development to Benefit Restoration of the Salton Sea: Analysis of Technical and Market Potential. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-7A40-64969.

Corbus, D., D. Hurlbut, P. Schwabe, E. Ibanez, M. Milligan, G. Brinkman, A. Paduru, V. Diakov, and M. Hand. 2014. California-Wyoming Grid Integration Study: Phase 1 -- Economic Analysis. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-61192

Hurlbut, D. 2012. Geothermal Power and Interconnection: The Economics of Getting to Market. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL Report No. TP-6A20-54192.

Hurlbut, D.J., S. Haase, G. Brinkman, K. Funk, R. Gelman, E. Lantz, C. Larney, D. Peterson, C. Worley, and E. Liebsch. 2012. Navajo Generating Station and Air Visibility Regulations: Alternatives and Impacts (Revised). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-53024.

Hurlbut, D.J., S. Haase, C.S. Turchi, and K. Burman. 2012. Navajo Generating Station and Clean-Energy Alternatives: Options for Renewables. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-54706.

Hein, J., D. Hurlbut, M. Milligan, L. Coles, and B. Green. 2011. Transmission Planning Process and Opportunities for Utility-Scale Solar Engagement within the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-5500-51279.

Hurlbut, D. 2008. "A Look Behind the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard: A Case Study." Natural Resources Journal 48, Winter.

Hurlbut, D., with Parviz Adib. 2008. "Market Power and Market Monitoring." Competitive Electricity Markets: Design, Implementation, Performance. ed. Fereidoon P. Sioshansi. Oxford: Elsevier.

Hurlbut, D. 1999. Irrigation for Sale: The Conservation Effects of Water Marketing in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Doctoral dissertation.

Hurlbut, D. "The Cultural Impact of Intellectual Property Forms: Biodiversity." International Intellectual Property Anthology. (1996): 79-83. eds. Anthony D'Amato and Doris Estelle Long. Cincinnati: Anderson Publishing.

Hurlbut, D. "Beyond the Montreal Protocol: Impact on Nonparty States and Lessons for Future Environmental Protection Regimes." Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy 4, no. 2 (1993).

Full list of David Hurlbut publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

Promoting Montessori education, South Asian affairs, hiking, teaching