Electricity, Resources, and Building Systems Integration Center
NREL's Electricity, Resources, and Building Systems Integration Center brings together diverse groups of experts performing grid integration and optimization R&D activities associated with large-scale deployment of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and demand control technologies. From generation to transmission to distribution and end-use delivery, the center's work spans the entire electricity system and includes many applications across many technologies.
The Electricity, Resources, and Building Systems Integration Center, under the direction of Chuck Kutscher, is composed of six technology-focused groups with more than 100 employees who share a common vision of a sustainable, secure, and reliable electricity grid that drives a clean-energy economy.
The Transmission and Grid Integration group, managed by Brian Parsons, collaborates with utility and industry partners and provides data, analysis, and techniques to increase utility understanding of integration issues and confidence in the reliability of emerging renewable energy applications.
The Distributed Energy Systems Integration group, managed by Michael Coddington, conducts collaborative research and provides technical support in a range of distributed generation areas, including interconnection engineering and standards, system integration engineering and testing, interconnection interface applications, and policy and regulatory analysis.
The Solar Resource and Forecasting group, managed by Tom Stoffel, provides high-quality renewable resource data for U.S. and international locations and tools to accurately assess renewable energy density as it varies with time and location and information on how to design efficient integrated renewable energy systems.
The Advanced Commercial Buildings group, managed by Bill Livingood, focuses on the development of integrated design strategies to enable commercial buildings to be designed, constructed, and operated using much less energy and seeks to see net zero-energy buildings become the standard in the commercial building industry.
The Advanced Residential Buildings group, managed by Ren Anderson, accelerates the introduction of energy-efficient building technologies through technology/financial whole-building optimization and develops strategies for zero-energy new and existing homes.
The Thermal Systems group, managed by Chuck Kutscher, investigates improving thermal for power production. Many of these technologies—including parabolic trough mirrors that focus the sun's heat onto mirrors to produce power and geothermal power plants that use hot water from underground to produce electricity—are for utility-scale power production.
Chuck Kutscher: 303-384-7521
Director of the Electricity, Resources, and Building Systems Integration Center and Thermal Systems group manager
Brian Parsons: 303-384-6958
Transmission and Grid Integration group manager
Michael Coddington: 303-275-3822
Distributed Energy Systems Integration group manager
Thomas Stoffel: 303-275-2919
Resource Information and Forecasting group manager
Ren Anderson: 303-384-7433
Advanced Residential Buildings group manager
Bill Livingood: 303-384-7490
Advanced Commercial Buildings group manager