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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.

Energy Policy Analyst
On staff since March 2012
Phone number: 303-275-4589

Areas of expertise

  • Nexus of natural gas and renewable energy
  • State and federal energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate change policy
  • Electric sector capacity expansion and dispatch modeling, e.g. the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) model

Primary research interests

  • Energy policy analysis using techno-economic models
  • Natural gas and electric market design
  • Design, operation, and impacts of hybrid energy systems
  • Sustainability practices in natural gas production processes

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

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.

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.

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.

Personal interests/hobbies

Ashtanga, politics, music, hiking, travel, cooking