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Nate Blair

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Nate Blair is the group manager of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Group Manager
On staff since September 2002
Phone number: 303-384-7426

Areas of expertise

  • Linear programming with General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS)
  • Building and system simulation tools, especially the TRaNsient SYstem Simulation Program (TRNSYS)
  • EES
  • Concentrating solar power system modeling
  • Experimental solar water-heating experience

Primary research interests

  • Macroeconomic energy-impact analysis
  • Wind-power market modeling
  • Transient power system modeling
  • Building performance measurement

Education and background training

  • M.B.A., 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business
  • M.S. in mechanical engineering, 1993, University of Wisconsin-Madison Solar Energy Laboratory
  • B.A. in physics, 1992, Gustavus Adolphus College

Prior work experience

  • Intern, Global Energy Partners, LLC (June 2001-August 2001)
  • Intern, Sandia National Lab - Concentrating Solar Power Group (May 2000-August 2000)
  • Project Engineer, Thermal Energy System Specialists (August 1998-November 1999)
  • Visiting Researcher, Center for Science and Technologies in Buildings (CSTB) (November 1997-May 1998)
  • Visiting Researcher, Transsolar EnergiTechnik GMBH (July 1997-October 1997)
  • TRNSYS Coordinator, UW-Madison Solar Energy Lab (1994-1997)
  • TRNSYS Coordinator Assistant, UW-Madison Solar Energy Lab (March 1994-August 1994)
  • Staff Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin (March 1994-August 1994)
  • Research assistant, UW-Madison Solar Energy Lab (August 1992-December 1993)

Other affiliations

  • Member of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
  • Member of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
  • Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Selected publications

Blair, N.; Dobos, A.; Sather, N. (2012). Case Studies Comparing System Advisor Model (SAM) Results to Real Performance Data: Preprint. 8 pp.; NREL Report No. CP-6A20-54676.

Lopez, A.; Roberts, B.; Heimiller, D.; Blair, N.; Porro, G. (2012). U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials: A GIS-Based Analysis. 40 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-51946.

Short, W.; Sullivan, P.; Mai, T.; Mowers, M.; Uriarte, C.; Blair, N.; Heimiller, D.; Martinez, A. (2011). Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS). 94 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-46534.

Blair, N.; Jenkin, T.; Milford, J.; Short, W.; Sullivan, P.; Evans, D.; Lieberman, E.; Goldstein, G.; Wright, E.; Jayaraman, K. R.; Venkatesh, B.; Kleiman, G.; Namovicz, C.; Smith, B.; Palmer, K.; Wiser, R.; Wood, F. (2009). Renewable Energy and Efficiency Modeling Analysis Partnership (REMAP): An Analysis of How Different Energy Models Addressed a Common High Renewable Energy Penetration Scenario in 2025. 111 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A2-45656.

Blair, N.; Mehos, M.; Christensen, C.; Cameron, C. (2008). Modeling Photovoltaic and Concentrating Solar Power Trough Performance, Cost, and Financing with the Solar Advisor Model: Preprint. 10 pp.; NREL Report No. CP-670-42922.

Full list of Nate Blair publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

Downhill skiing, biking, running, traveling, computers, creative writing