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Joyce McLaren

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

Senior Energy Analyst
On staff since February 2009
Phone number: 303-384-7362

Areas of Expertise & Primary Research Interests

  • Renewable energy policy and program design
  • Innovative business models for expanded distributed generation
  • Utility planning and programs for renewable energy
  • State and local technical assistance for renewable energy and efficiency
  • International policy comparisons
  • Collaborative methods for conflict resolution regarding energy choices
  • Social and cultural issues affecting energy development

Education and background training

  • Ph.D. in science and technology policy (energy and environment), University of Sussex, England, 2005
  • M.S. in community development (energy), University of California - Davis, 1997
  • B.A. in anthropology/sociology (environmental studies), Transylvania University, Lexington, KY, 1994

Prior work experience

  • International Visiting Researcher, Franco-American Fulbright Scholar's Program, CLERSE, University Lille1, France (2007-2008)
  • Consulting Editor, Environment and Energy, Umea, Sweden (2003-2007)
  • Energy Specialist, Research and Development Office, California Energy Commission (2002-2003)
  • Energy Analyst, Research and Development and Renewables Offices, California Energy Commission (1995-1999)

Selected publications

Taylor, M.; McLaren, J.; Cory, K.; Davidovich, T.; Sterling, J.; Makhyoun, M. (2015). Value of Solar: Program Design and Implementation Considerations. 84 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-62361.

McLaren, J. (2014). Policy and Regulatory Considerations: Distributed Solar for Electric System Resiliency. Brochure Series. NREL Report No. BR-6A20-62631.

McLaren, J. (2014). Policy and Regulatory Considerations: Smart Inverter Functionality. Brochure Series. NREL Report No. BR-6A20-62612.

McLaren, J. (2014). Policy and Regulatory Considerations: Community Shared Solar. Brochure Series. NREL Report No. BR-6A20-62367.

McLaren, J. (2014). Policy and Regulatory Considerations: Distributed Solar for Electric Vehicle Charging. Brochure Series. NREL Report No. BR-6A20-62366.

Bird, L.; McLaren, J.; Heeter, J.; Linvill, C.; Shenot, J.; Sedano, R.; Migden-Ostrander, J. (2013). Regulatory Considerations Associated with the Expanded Adoption of Distributed Solar. TP-6A20-60613.

Hurlbut, D. J.; McLaren, J.; Gelman, R. (2013). Beyond Renewable Portfolio Standards: An Assessment of Regional Supply and Demand Conditions Affecting the Future of Renewable Energy in the West; Report and Executive Summary. 161 pp.; Executive Summary: 17 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-57830.

Sterling, J.; McLaren, J.; Taylor, M.; Cory, K. (2013). Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning. NREL Report No. TP-6A20-60047.

Heeter, J.; McLaren, J. (2012). Innovations in Voluntary Renewable Energy Procurement: Methods for Expanding Access and Lowering Cost for Communities, Governments, and Businesses (Technical Report). NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory). 36 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-54991.

McLaren, J. (2011). Southeast Regional Clean Energy Policy Analysis (Revised). 116 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-49192.

Doris, E.; McLaren, J.; Healey, V.; Hockett, S. (2009). State of the States 2009: Renewable Energy Development and the Role of Policy. 231 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A2-46667.

Doris, E. B.; Busche, S.; Hockett, S.; Loring, J. M. (2009). Role of State Policy in Renewable Energy Development. Paper No. ES2009-90089. Proceedings of the ASME 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability, 19-23 July 2009, San Francisco, California. New York: American Society of Mechanical Engineers Vol. 1: pp. 21-31; NREL Report No. CP-7A2-49059.

McLaren Loring, J. (2008). "The rise of environmentalism and renewable energy in France: a contribution to a regulationist theory of the environment." (unpublished research study).

Loring, J.M. (2007). "Wind energy planning in England, Wales and Denmark: Factors influencing project success." Energy Policy. 35, 2648-2660.

Full list of Joyce McLaren publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

Dog training, cross-fit, vegetable gardening, hiking, cuisine, cultural studies