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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., E. Martinot, S. Cox, B. Speer, O. Zinaman, S. Booth, R. Zissler, J. Cochran, S.K. Soonee, P. Audinet, L. Munuera, and D. Arent. 2015. Status Report on Power System Transformation. Golden, CO: 21st Century Power Partnership. NREL/TP-6A20-63366

Zinaman, O., M. Miller, A. Adil, D. Arent, J. Cochran, R. Vora, S. Aggarwal, M. Bipath, C. Linvill, A. David, R. Kauffman, M. Futch, E. Villanueva Arcos, J.M. Valenzuela, E. Martinot, M. Bazilian, and R.K. Pillai. 2015. "Power Systems of the Future." The Electricity Journal 28, no. 2 (March 2015): 113-26. doi:10.1016/j.tej.2015.02.006

Pless, J., D.J. Arent, J. Logan, J. Cochran, O. Zinaman, and C. Stark. (2015). Pathways to Decarbonization: Natural Gas and Renewable Energy: Lessons Learned from Energy System Stakeholders. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A50-63904.

Zinaman, O., M. Miller, A. Adil, D. Arent, J. Cochran, R. Vora, S. Aggarwal, M. Bipath, C. Linvill, A. David, R. Kauffman, M. Futch, E.V.N. Arcos, J.M. Valenzuela, E. Martinot, M. Bazilian, and R.K. Pillai. 2015. Power Systems of the Future: A 21st Century Power Partnership Thought Leadership Report. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-62611.

Zinaman, O.R. and N.R. Darghouth. 2015. Valuation-Based Framework for Considering Distributed Generation Photovoltaic Tariff Design: Preprint. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/CP-6A50-63555.

Bragg-Sitton, S.M., R. Boardman, M. Ruth, O. Zinaman, and C. Forsberg. 2015. Rethinking the Future Grid: Integrated Nuclear Renewable Energy Systems: Preprint. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/CP-6A20-63207.

Zinaman, O., T. Mai, E. Lantz, R. Gelman, and G. Porro. 2014. ReEDS Modeling of the President's 2020 U.S. Renewable Electricity Generation Goal (Presentation). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PR-6A20-62077.

Steinberg, D. and O. Zinaman. 2014. State Energy Efficiency Resource Standards: Design, Status, and Impacts. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-61023.

Zinaman, O., M. Miller, and M. Bazilian. 2014. Evolving Role of the Power Sector Regulator: A Clean Energy Regulators Initiative Report. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-61570.

Cochran, J., M. Miller, O. Zinaman, M. Milligan, D. Arent, B. Palmintier, M. O'Malley, S. Mueller, E. Lannoye, A. Tuohy, B. Kujala, M. Sommer, H. Holttinen, J. Kiviluoma, and S.K. Soonee. 2014. Flexibility in 21st Century Power Systems. 21st Century Power Partnership. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-61721.

Lantz, E., D. Steinberg, M. Mendelsohn, O. Zinaman, T. James, G. Porro, M. Hand, T. Mai, J. Logan, J. Heeter, and L. Bird. 2014. Implications of a PTC Extension on U.S. Wind Deployment. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-61663.

Cochran, J., O. Zinaman, J. Logan, and D. Arent. 2014. Exploring the Potential Business Case for Synergies Between Natural Gas and Renewable Energy. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A50-60052.

Ruth, M., O. Zinaman, M. Antkowiak, R. Boardman, R. Cherry, and M. Bazilian. "Nuclear-renewable hybrid energy systems: Opportunities, interconnections, and needs." Energy Conversion and Management 78 (February 2014): 684-94. doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2013.11.030.

Lee, A., O. Zinaman, and J. Logan. 2012. Opportunities for Synergy Between Natural Gas and Renewable Energy in the Electric Power and Transportation Sectors. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A50-56324.

Lee, A., O. Zinaman, J. Logan, M. Bazilian, D. Arent, and R.L. Newmark. "Interactions, Complementarities and Tensions at the Nexus of Natural Gas and Renewable Energy." The Electricity Journal 25, no. 10 (December 2012): 38-48. doi:10.1016/j.tej.2012.10.021.

Cipiti, B. and O. Zinaman. 2010. Separations and Safeguards Model Integration. Albuquerque, NM: Sandia National Laboratory. Report 2010-5962.

B. Cipiti and O. Zinaman. 2010. The Integration of Process Monitoring for Safeguards. Albuquerque, NM: Sandia National Laboratory. Report 2010-6593.

Full list of Owen Zinaman publications (NREL)