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Greg Brinkman

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Greg Brinkman is a member of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Energy Analysis Engineer
On staff since May 2009
Phone number: 303-384-7390

Areas of expertise

  • Unit commitment and dispatch modeling of electric power systems
  • Emission estimation from electric power systems
  • Air quality modeling

Primary research interests

  • Integration of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and enabling technologies into the electric power system
  • Environmental impacts of renewable energy and energy efficiency

Education and background training

  • Ph.D in mechanical engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2009
  • M.P.P. in environmental policy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2004
  • B.S. in electrical engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2002

Prior work experience

  • Research assistant, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (2004-2009)
  • Research fellow, Joint Global Change Research Institute, College Park, MD (2002-2004)

Selected publications

Brinkman, Gregory, Jennie Jorgenson, Ali Ehlen, and James H. Caldwell. 2016. Low Carbon Grid Study: Analysis of a 50% Emission Reduction in California Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64884.

Brinkman, Gregory. 2015. Renewable Electricity Futures: Operational Analysis of the Western Interconnection at Very High Renewable Penetrations. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64467.

Denholm, P., G. Brinkman, D. Lew, and M. Hummon. 2014. Operation of Concentrating Solar Power Plants in the Western Wind and Solar Integration Phase 2 Study. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-61782.

Milligan, M., E. Ela, J. Hein, T. Schneider, G. Brinkman, and P. Denholm. 2012. Renewable Electricity Futures Study. Volume 4: Bulk Electric Power Systems: Operations and Transmission Planning. (Volume 4 of 4). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-52409-4.

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.

Brinkman, G., P. Denholm, E. Drury, E. Ela, T. Mai, R. Margolis, and M. Mowers. 2012. Grid Modeling for the SunShot Vision Study. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-53310.

Brinkman, G., P. Denholm, E. Drury, R. Margolis, and M. Mowers. 2011. "Toward a Solar-Powered Grid." IEEE Power and Energy Magazine 9, no. 3 (May/June 2011): 24-32. NREL Report No. JA-6A20-50319. doi:10.1109/MPE.2011.940574

Brinkman, G.L., P. Denholm, M.P. Hannigan, and J.B. Milford. 2010. "Effects of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles on Ozone Concentrations in Colorado." Environmental Science and Technology 44, no. 16 (July 2010): 6256-62. NREL/JA-6A2-48656. doi:10.1021/es101076c

Full list of Greg Brinkman publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

Fishing, hiking, and running with my family