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Ethan Warner

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Ethan Warner is a member of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Sustainability Analyst
On staff since August 2009
Phone number: 303-384-7471

Areas of expertise

  • Life cycle assessment
  • System dynamics modeling
  • Energy policy
  • Policy analysis
  • Risk analysis

Primary research interests

  • System dynamics modeling of renewable technologies and energy systems
  • Technological, social, economic, and environmental impacts of energy policy
  • Sustainability and life cycle assessment

Education and background training

  • M.S. in science, technology and environmental policy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2009
  • B.S. in biology, society and the environment, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2006

Prior work experience

  • Model Developer, University of Minnesota and Great Plains Institute, Minneapolis, MN (2008-2009)
  • Research Assistant, Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2007-2008)
  • Laboratory Manager/Laboratory Technician, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN (2006-2008)

Other affiliations

  • Member of the System Dynamics Society

Selected publications

Heath, Garvin, Ethan Warner, Daniel 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: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A50-62820.

Warner, Ethan, Daniel Steinberg, Elke Hodson, and Garvin Heath. 2015. Potential Cost-Effective Opportunities for Methane Emission Abatement. NREL/TP-6A50-62818. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Keyser, David, Ethan Warner, and Christina Curley. 2015. Quantification of the Potential Gross Economic Impacts of Five Methane Reduction Scenarios. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A50-63801.

Melaina, Marc, Ethan Warner, Yongling Sun, Emily Newes, and Adam Ragatz. 2014. Analysis of Benefits Associated With Projects and Technologies Supported by the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. Draft project report prepared for California Energy Commission by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. CEC-600-2014-005-D.

Chum, Helena L., Ethan Warner, Joaquim E.A. Seabra, and Isaias C. Macedo. "A comparison of commercial ethanol production systems from Brazilian sugarcane and US corn." Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 8, no. 2 (March/April 2014): 205-23. doi: 10.1002/bbb.1448

Warner, Ethan, Yimin Zhang, Daniel Inman, and Garvin Heath. "Challenges in the estimation of greenhouse gas emissions from biofuel-induced global land-use change." Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 8, no. 1 (January/February 2014): 114–25. doi: 10.1002/bbb.1434

Vimmerstedt, Laura, Austin Brown, Garvin Heath, Trieu Mai, Marc Melaina, Emily Newes, Mark Ruth, Travis Simpkins, Ethan Warner, Kenneth Bertram, Steven Plotkin, Deena Patel, Thomas Stephens, and Anant Vyas. "Potential Reductions in Emissions and Petroleum Use in Transportation Perspectives from the Transportation Energy Futures Project." Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2375 (2013): 37–44. doi: 10.3141/2375-05.

Melaina, M.W., G. Heath, D. Sandor, D. Steward, L. Vimmerstedt, E. Warner, and K.W. Webster. 2013. Transportation Energy Futures Series: Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Expansion: Costs, Resources, Production Capacity, and Retail Availability for Low-Carbon Scenarios. DOE/GO-102013-3710. Prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Washington D.C.

Ruth, M., T. Mai, E. Newes, A. Aden, E. Warner, C. Uriarte, D. Inman, T. Simpkins, and A. Argo. 2013. Transportation Energy Futures Series: Projected Biomass Utilization for Fuels and Power in a Mature Market. Prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. DOE/GO-102013-3707.

Warner, Ethan, Daniel Inman, Benjamin Kunstman, Brian Bush, Laura Vimmerstedt, Steve Peterson, Jordan Macknick, and Yimin Zhang. "Modeling biofuel expansion effects on land use change dynamics." Environmental Research Letters 8, no. 1 (January 2013): 015003.

Warner, E., M. Mann, and G. Heath. 2013. Literature Review and Sensitivity Analysis of Biopower Life-Cycle Assessments and Greenhouse Gas Emission. Palo Alto, CA: Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). EPRI-1026852.

Warner, E. S., and G.A. Heath. "Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Nuclear Electricity Generation: Systematic Review and Harmonization." Journal of Industrial Ecology 16, Supplement 1 (April 2012): S73–S92. NREL/JA-6A20-48514. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2012.00472.x

Edenhofer, O., et al. 2011. "Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, Chapter 2. Bioenergy." Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Cambridge, UK and New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Warner, E., D. McFarlane, and S.J. Taff. "Minnesota Low Carbon Fuels Standard Study: Policy Interactions Modeling." Prepared for Minnesota Department of Commerce's Minnesota Low Carbon Fuels Standard Study: Final Report, Contract No. 24112, June 2011.

Warner, E., G. Heath, and P. O'Donoughue. 2010. "Harmonization of Energy Generation Life Cycle Assessments (LCA): FY2010 LCA Milestone Report, November 2010." Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/MP-6A20-47492.

Warner, E., M. Riebe, and J. Kuzma. "Moving Toward Sustainable Energy Systems." Presented at the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute's Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Paths to Progress - Workshop II, Minneapolis, MN, October 2006.

Full list of Ethan Warner's publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

Hiking, biking, music, cooking, politics, fiction and non-fiction books