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Owen Zinaman

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Owen Zinaman is a member of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

International Policy and Regulatory Specialist
On staff since March 2012
Phone number: 303-275-4589
E-mail: owen.zinaman@nrel.gov

Areas of expertise

  • Executes program of international collaboration with South Africa power sector stakeholders under the 21st Century Power Partnership
  • Coordinates NREL support for the Clean Energy Regulators Initiative
  • Grid integration of bulk and distributed renewable energy resources, power system flexibility, and policy and regulatory issues across the clean energy spectrum
  • Planning tools and processes for effective procurement of renewable energy and network infrastructure
  • Regulatory interventions for encouraging of energy efficiency, distributed generation and utility-scale renewable energy systems
  • Nexus of natural gas and renewable energy
  • Modeling of electric sector regulation and policy in capacity expansion and dispatch models, e.g. the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) model

Primary research interests

  • International best practices in clean energy regulation
  • Power system modernization pathways
  • Technical and economic flexibility of power systems
  • Design, operation, and impacts of hybrid energy systems

Education and background training

  • M.S.E. in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2010
  • B.S.E. in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009

Prior work experience

  • Volunteer, Odanadi Seva Trust, Mysore, Karnataka, India (2011)
  • Graduate Technical Intern, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM (2010)
  • Research Assistant, Fission Systems and Radiation Transport Group, Ann Arbor, MI (2009 - 2010)
  • Technical Intern, General Electric – Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Wilmington, NC (2008)

Selected publications

Miller, M.; Martinot, E.; Cox, S.; Speer, B.; Zinaman, O.; Booth, S.; Zissler, R.; Cochran, J.; Soonee, S.K.; Audinet, P.; Munuera, L.; and Arent, D. (2015). Status Report on Power System Transformation. A 21st Century Power Partnership Report. NREL Report No. TP-6A20-63366

Zinaman, O.; Miller, M.; Adil, A.; Arent, D.; Cochran, J.; Vora, R.; Aggarwal, S.; Bipath, M.; Linvill, C.; David, A.; Kauffman, R.; Futch, M.; Villanueva Arcos, E.; Valenzuela, J. M.; Martinot, E.; Bazilian, M.; Pillai, R. K. (2015). "Power Systems of the Future." The Electricity Journal. Vol. 28(2); pp. 113–126; March. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tej.2015.02.006

Pless, J.; Arent, D. J.; Logan, J.; Cochran, J.; Zinaman, O.; Stark, C. (2015). Pathways to Decarbonization: Natural Gas and Renewable Energy: Lessons Learned from Energy System Stakeholders. 42 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A50-63904.

Zinaman, O.; Miller, M.; Adil, A.; Arent, D.; Cochran, J.; Vora, R.; Aggarwal, S.; Bipath, M.; Linvill, C.; David, A.; Kauffman, R.; Futch, M.; Arcos, E. V. N.; Valenzuela, J. M.; Martinot, E.; Bazilian, M.; Pillai, R. K. (2015). Power Systems of the Future: A 21st Century Power Partnership Thought Leadership Report. 53 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-62611.

Zinaman, O. R.; Darghouth, N. R. (2015). Valuation-Based Framework for Considering Distributed Generation Photovoltaic Tariff Design: Preprint. 7 pp.; NREL Report No. CP-6A50-63555.

Bragg-Sitton, S. M.; Boardman, R.; Ruth, M.; Zinaman, O.; Forsberg, C. (2015). Rethinking the Future Grid: Integrated Nuclear Renewable Energy Systems: Preprint. 14 pp.; NREL Report No. CP-6A20-63207.

Zinaman, O.; Mai, T.; Lantz, E.; Gelman, R.; Porro, G. (2014). ReEDS Modeling of the President's 2020 U.S. Renewable Electricity Generation Goal (Presentation). NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory). 38 pp.; NREL Report No. PR-6A20-62077.

Steinberg, D.; Zinaman, O. (2014). State Energy Efficiency Resource Standards: Design, Status, and Impacts. 43 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-61023.

Zinaman, O.; Miller, M.; Bazilian, M. (2014). Evolving Role of the Power Sector Regulator: A Clean Energy Regulators Initiative Report. 18 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-61570.

Cochran, J.; Miller, M.; Zinaman, O.; Milligan, M.; Arent, D.; Palmintier, B.; O'Malley, M.; Mueller, S.; Lannoye, E.; Tuohy, A.; Kujala, B.; Sommer, M.; Holttinen, H.; Kiviluoma, J.; Soonee, S. K. (2014). Flexibility in 21st Century Power Systems. 21st Century Power Partnership. 13 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-61721.

Lantz, E.; Steinberg, D.; Mendelsohn, M.; Zinaman, O.; James, T.; Porro, G.; Hand, M.; Mai, T.; Logan, J.; Heeter, J.; Bird, L. (2014). Implications of a PTC Extension on U.S. Wind Deployment. 32 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-61663.

Cochran, J.; Zinaman, O.; Logan, J.; Arent, D. (2014). Exploring the Potential Business Case for Synergies Between Natural Gas and Renewable Energy. 33 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A50-60052.

Ruth, M.; Zinaman, O.; Antkowiak, M.; Boardman, R.; Cherry, R.; Bazilian, M. (2014). "Nuclear-renewable hybrid energy systems: Opportunities, interconnections, and needs." Energy Conversion and Management. Vol. 78; pp.684-694; February. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2013.11.030.

Lee, A.; Zinaman, O.; Logan, J. (2012). Opportunities for Synergy Between Natural Gas and Renewable Energy in the Electric Power and Transportation Sectors. 59 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A50-56324.

Lee, A.; Zinaman, O.; Logan, J.; Bazilian, M.; Arent, D.; Newmark, R.L. (2012). "Interactions, Complementarities and Tensions at the Nexus of Natural Gas and Renewable Energy." The Electricity Journal. Vol. 25(10); pp. 38-48; December. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tej.2012.10.021.

B. Cipiti and O. Zinaman. (2010). "Separations and Safeguards Model Integration." Sandia Report 2010-5962.

B. Cipiti and O. Zinaman. (2010). "The Integration of Process Monitoring for Safeguards." Sandia Report 2010-6593.

Full list of Owen Zinaman publications (NREL)