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Easan Drury

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Easan Drury is a member of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Senior Engineer
On staff since July 2008
Phone number: 303-384-7445

Areas of expertise

  • Modeling the U.S. photovoltaics (PV) market
  • Quantifying the impacts of state and federal incentives on PV adoption
  • Modeling the value of energy storage and enabling technologies

Primary research interests

  • Developing market penetration models for renewable technologies
  • Analyzing large-scale renewable energy deployment

Education and background training

  • Ph.D. in engineering sciences, Harvard University, 2009
  • S.M. in engineering sciences, Harvard University, 2005
  • B.A. in physics, University of California - Berkeley, 2002

Prior work experience

  • Junior Research Associate, Space Sciences Lab, UC Berkeley

Other affiliations

  • Member of the American Geophysical Union
  • Member of the American Solar Energy Society

Selected publications

Davidson, C.; Drury, E.; Lopez, A.; Elmore, R.; Margolis, R. (2014). Modeling photovoltaic diffusion: an analysis of geospatial datasets. Environ. Res. Lett. (9) 074009.

Drury, E.; Jenkin, T.; Jordan, D.; Margolis, R. (2014). Photovoltaic Investment Risk and Uncertainty for Residential Customers. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. Vol. 4(1), January 2014; pp. 278-284; NREL Report No. JA-6A20-59041.

Jenkin, T.; Diakov, V.; Drury, E.; Bush, B.; Denholm, P.; Milford, J.; Arent, D.; Margolis, R.; Byrne, R. (2013). Use of Solar and Wind as a Physical Hedge against Price Variability within a Generation Portfolio. 50 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-59065.

Drury, E.; Lopez, A.; Denholm, P.; Margolis, R. (2013). Relative Performance of Tracking versus Fixed Tilt Photovoltaic Systems in the United States. Progress in Photovoltaics, In Press.

Drury, E.; Denholm, P.; Margolis, R. (2013). Sensitivity of Rooftop PV Projections in the SunShot Vision Study to Market Assumptions. 37 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-54620.

Mai, T.; Drury, E.; Eurek, K.; Bodington, N.; Lopez, A.; Perry, A. (2013). Resource Planning Model: An Integrated Resource Planning and Dispatch Tool for Regional Electric Systems. 69 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-56723.

Brinkman, G.; Denholm, P.; Drury, E.; Ela, E.; Mai, T.; Margolis, R.; Mowers, M. (2012). Grid Modeling for the SunShot Vision Study. 38 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-53310.

Denholm, P.; Hand, M.; Mai, T.; Margolis, R.; Brinkman, G.; Drury, E.; Mowers, M.; Turchi, C. (2012). Potential Role of Concentrating Solar Power in Enabling High Renewables Scenarios in the United States. 29 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-56294.

Drury, E.; Miller, M.; Macal, C.; Graziano, D.; Heimiller, D.; Ozik, J.; and Perry IV, T. (2012). "The Transformation of Southern California's Residential Photovoltaics Market through Third-Party Ownership." Energy Policy. Volume 42, March 2012, Pages 681–690.

Drury, E.; Denholm, P.; Margolis, R. (2011). "The Impact of Different Economic Performance Metrics on the Perceived Value of Solar Photovoltaics." NREL/TP-6A20-52197.

Drury, E.; Denholm, P.; Sioshansi, R. (2011). "The Value of Compressed Air Energy Storage in Energy and Reserve Markets." Energy, 36 (8), 4959-4973.

Drury, E.; Denholm, P.; Margolis, R. (2010). "Modeling the U.S. Rooftop Photovoltaics Market." Conference Paper for the American Solar Energy Society, Phoenix, Arizona, 2010. NREL/CP-6A2-47823.

Wang, J.; Xu, X.; Spurr, R.; Wang, Y.; Drury, E. (2010). "Improved algorithm for MODIS satellite retrievals of aerosol optical thickness over land in dusty atmosphere: Implications for air quality monitoring in China." Remote Sensing of Environment. Vol. 114(11), 2010; pp. 2575-2583; NREL Report No. JA-6A2-49466. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2010.05.034

Heald, C.L.; Ridley, D.A.; Kreidenweis, S.M.; Drury, E. (2010). "Satellite observations cap the atmospheric organic aerosol budget." Geophys. Res. Lett.. 37, L24808, doi:10.1029/2010GL045095

Drury, E.; et al. (2010). "Synthesis of satellite (MODIS), aircraft (ICARTT), and surface (IMPROVE, EPA-AQS, AERONET) aerosol observations over eastern North America to improve MODIS aerosol retrievals and constrain surface aerosol concentrations and sources." J. Geophys. Res., 115, D14204, doi:10.1029/2009JD012629

Drury, E.; Denholm, P.; Margolis, R. (2009). "The Solar Photovoltaics Wedge: Pathways for Growth and Potential Carbon Mitigation in the U.S." Environ. Res. Lett. 4, 034010.

Full list of Easan Drury publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

Mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, traveling