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Karlynn Cory

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Karlynn Cory is a section supervisor of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Manager, Technology Systems and Utility Analysis
On staff since August 2005
Phone number: 303-384-7464

Areas of expertise

  • Techno-economic analysis of solar PV, wind, and geothermal technologies
  • Renewable energy project finance of commercially available technologies (e.g., 3rd party PPAs and leases, sales leaseback, flip structures, etc.)
  • Renewable policy and market innovations (e.g., Net Energy Metering, Value of Solar, Feed-in Tariffs, etc.)

Primary research interests

  • Electric utility decision-making and modeling of clean energy
  • Utility distributed solar business models
  • Policy and market innovations to support RE project finance
  • Renewable electricity policy best practices

Education and background training

  • Master's in technology and policy, 1998, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Bachelor's in mechanical engineering, 1994, Tufts University

Prior work experience

  • Strategy and business development manager, Mass Technology Collaborative, Westborough, Mass. (2003-2005)
  • Renewable energy specialist, La Capra Associates, Boston, Mass. (1999-2003)
  • Research associate, Tellus Institute, Boston, Mass. (1998-1999)
  • Research analyst, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), various locations (1994-1996)

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.

Sterling, J.; McLaren, J.; Taylor, M.; Cory, K. (2013). Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning. 82 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-60047.

Rickerson, W.; Gifford, J.; Grace, R.; Cory, K. (2012). Geothermal FIT Design: International Experience and U.S. Considerations. 82 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-53320.

Mendelsohn, M.; Kreycik, C.; Bird, L.; Schwabe, P.; Cory, K. (2012). Impact of Financial Structure on the Cost of Solar Energy. 40 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-53086.

Cory, K.; Canavan, B.; Koenig, R. (2009). Power Purchase Agreement Checklist for State and Local Governments. Energy Analysis; Fact Sheet Series on Financing Renewable Energy Projects, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). 12 pp.; NREL Report No. FS-6A2-46668.

Cory, K.; Coughlin, J.; Coggeshall, C. (2008). Solar Photovoltaic Financing: Deployment on Public Property by State and Local Governments. 72 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-670-43115.

Cory, K.; Coughlin, J.; Jenkin, T.; Pater, J.; Swezey, B. (2008). Innovations in Wind and Solar PV Financing. 39 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-670-42919.

Cory, K. S.; Swezey, B. (2007). "Renewable Portfolio Standards in the States: Balancing Goals and Rules." Electricity Journal. Vol. 40(4), May 2007, pp. 21-32. NREL Report No. JA-640-41876.

Full list of Karlynn Cory publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

Hiking, tennis, travel, great food and wine