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Laura Vimmerstedt

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Laura Vimmerstedt is the Systems Modeling Team group manager within the System Modeling & Geospatial Data Science Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Systems Modeling Team group manager
On staff since 1994
Phone number: 303-384-7346

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change policy analysis
  • Renewable energy modeling
  • Air-quality regulatory implications for energy technologies

Research Interests

  • Environmental effects of energy technologies and systems
  • Impact of policies and environmental issues on renewable energy markets


  • M.S. in environmental studies, 1993, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A. in chemistry, 1989, Oberlin College

Prior Work Experience

  • Air Basics, Inc. (1994)
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (1992-1993)

Featured Publications

Vimmerstedt, Laura, Ethan S. Warner, and Dana Stright. 2016. Effects of Deployment Investment on the Growth of the Biofuels Industry: 2016 Update. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-65903.

Vimmerstedt, L.J., B.W. Bush, D.D. Hsu, D. Inman, S.O. Peterson. "Maturation of Biomass-to-Biofuels Conversion Technology Pathways for Rapid Expansion of Biofuels Production: A System Dynamics Perspective." Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 9, no. 2 (March/April 2015): 158-176. NREL/JA-6A20-60444.

Vimmerstedt, Laura, Austin Brown, Emily Newes, A.J. Markel, Alex Schroeder, Yimin Zhang, Peter Chipman, and Shawn Johnson. 2015. Transformative Reduction of Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Opportunities for Change in Technologies and Systems. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-5400-62943.

Vimmerstedt, L.J., B. Bush, and S. Peterson. 2012. "Ethanol Distribution, Dispensing, and Use: Analysis of a Portion of the Biomass-to-Biofuels Supply Chain Using System Dynamics." PLoS One 7, no.5 (May 2012). NRE/JA-6A2-47590. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035082

Vimmerstedt, L., A. Brown, G. Heath, T. Mai, M. Ruth, M. Melaina, T. Simpkins, D. Steward, E. Warner, K. Bertram, S. Plotkin, D. Patel, T. Stephens, and A. Vyas. 2012. High Penetration of Renewable Energy in the Transportation Sector: Scenarios, Barriers, and Enablers (Preprint). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/CP-6A20-54442.

Showalter, S., F. Wood, and L. Vimmerstedt. 2010. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Research, Development, and Deployment in Meeting Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Goals: The Case of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2007 (S.2191). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A2-47213.

Kreycik, C., L. Vimmerstedt, and E. Doris. 2010. Framework for State-Level Renewable Energy Market Potential Studies. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A2-46264.

Mosey, G. and L. Vimmerstedt. 2009. Renewable Electricity Benefits Quantification Methodology: A Request for Technical Assistance from the California Public Utilities Commission. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A2-45639.

Byrnett, D.S., D. Mulholland, E. Zinsmeister, E. Doris, A. Milbrandt, R. Robichaud, R. Stanley, and L. Vimmerstedt. 2009. State Bioenergy Primer: Information and Resources for States on Issues, Opportunities, and Options for Advancing Bioenergy. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A2-44688; EPA 430-R-09-024.

Mosey, G., D. Heimiller, D. Dahle, L. Vimmerstedt, and L. Brady-Sabeff. 2007. Converting Limbo Lands to Energy-Generating Stations: Renewable Energy Technologies on Underused, Formerly Contaminated Sites. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-640-41522; EPA/600/R-08-023.

Bluestein, J. E. Salerno, L. Bird, and L. Vimmerstedt. 2006. Incorporating Wind Generation in Cap and Trade Programs. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-500-40006.

Arent, D., R. Benioff, G. Mosey, L. Bird, J. Brown, E. Brown, L. Vimmerstedt, J. Aabakken, K. Parks, M. Lapsa, S. Davis, M. Olszewski, D. Cox, K. McElhaney, S. Hadley, D. Hostick, A. Nicholls, S. McDonald, and B. Holloman. 2006. Energy Sector Market Analysis. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-620-40541.

Full list of Laura Vimmerstedt publications (NREL)