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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.

Research Analyst
On staff since February 2009
Phone number: 303-384-7362
E-mail: joyce.mclaren@nrel.gov
Publications

Areas of Expertise & Primary Research Interests

  • Emerging solar-plus-storage market
  • Impact of regulation and policy on solar adoption
  • Distributed solar business models
  • Utility rate structures for solar
  • State and local technical assistance
  • Public acceptance and stakeholder engagement

Education and background training

  • Post-doctoral Fulbright Scholar, Socio-politics of energy systems CLERSE, University of Lille 1, France, 2008
  • 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

Other relevant work experience

  • 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

Barbose, Galen, John Miller, Ben Sigrin, Emerson Reiter, Karlynn Cory, Joyce McLaren, Joachim Seel, Andrew Mills, Naïm Darghouth, and Andrew Satchwell. 2016. "On the Path to SunShot: Utility Regulatory and Business Model Reforms for Addressing the Financial Impacts of Distributed Solar on UtilitiesPDF". Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-65670.

McLaren, Joyce, John Miller, Eric O'Shaughnessy, Eric Wood, and Evan Shapiro. 2016. Emissions Associated with Electric Vehicle Charging: Impact of Electricity Generation Mix, Charging Infrastructure Availability, and Vehicle Type. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64852.

McLaren, J. 2015. Reaching 100% Renewable Energy, City of Aspen and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory develop and implement a strategy to cost-effectively reach a groundbreaking goal. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/BR-6A20-62490.

McLaren J., C. Davidson, J. Miller, and L. Bird. "Impact of Rate Design Alternatives on Residential Solar Customer Bills: Increased Fixed Charges, Minimum Bills and Demand-Based Rates." The Electricity Journal 28, no. 8 (October 2015). doi:10.1016/j.tej.2015.09.005.

Bird, L., C. Davidson, J. McLaren, and J. Miller. 2015. Impact of Rate Design Alternatives on Residential Solar Customer Bills: Increased Fixed Charges, Minimum Bills and Demand-based Rates. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64850.

Sterling, J., D. Davidovich, K. Cory, A. Aznar, and J. McLaren. 2015. Flexible Solar Utility: Preparing for Solar's Impacts to Utility Planning and Operations. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64586.

Taylor, M., J. McLaren, K. Cory, T. Davidovich, J. Sterling, and M. Makhyoun. 2015. Value of Solar: Program Design and Implementation Considerations. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-62361.

McLaren, J. 2014. Policy and Regulatory Considerations: Distributed Solar for Electric System Resiliency. Brochure Series. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/BR-6A20-62631.

McLaren, J. 2014. Policy and Regulatory Considerations: Smart Inverter Functionality. Brochure Series. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/BR-6A20-62612.

McLaren, J. 2014. Policy and Regulatory Considerations: Community Shared Solar. Brochure Series. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/BR-6A20-62367.

McLaren, J. 2014. Policy and Regulatory Considerations: Distributed Solar for Electric Vehicle Charging. Brochure Series. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/BR-6A20-62366.

Bird, L., J. McLaren, J. Heeter, C. Linvill, J. Shenot, R. Sedano, and J. Migden-Ostrander. 2013. Regulatory Considerations Associated with the Expanded Adoption of Distributed Solar. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-60613.

Hurlbut, D.J., J. McLaren, and R. Gelman. 2013. Beyond Renewable Portfolio Standards: An Assessment of Regional Supply and Demand Conditions Affecting the Future of Renewable Energy in the West (Executive Summary). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-57830.

Sterling, J., J. McLaren, M. Taylor, and K. Cory. 2013. Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-60047.

Heeter, J., and J. McLaren. 2012. Innovations in Voluntary Renewable Energy Procurement: Methods for Expanding Access and Lowering Cost for Communities, Governments, and Businesses. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-54991.

McLaren, J. 2011. Southeast Regional Clean Energy Policy Analysis. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-49192.

Doris, E., J. McLaren, V. Healey, and S. Hockett. 2009. State of the States 2009: Renewable Energy Development and the Role of Policy. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A2-46667.

Doris, E.B., S. Busche, S. Hockett, and J.M. Loring. "Role of State Policy in Renewable Energy Development." Paper presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability, San Francisco, California, July 2009. NREL/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. "Wind energy planning in England, Wales and Denmark: Factors influencing project success." Energy Policy 35 (April 2007): 2648-60. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2006.10.008

Full list of Joyce McLaren publications (NREL)