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Ethan Warner

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Ethan Warner is a member of the Systems Engineering & Program Integration Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Lead Energy Systems Analyst
On staff since August 2009
Phone number: 303-384-7471

Areas of Expertise

  • Supply chain and market analysis
  • Energy policy analysis
  • System dynamics modeling
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Air pollutants analysis
  • Techno-economic assessment

Research Interests

  • Bioenergy and bioproducts
  • Program benefits analysis
  • Sustainability of energy systems
  • Integrated modeling and analysis of energy systems and technologies


  • M.S. in science, technology and environmental policy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2009
  • B.S. in biology, society and the environment, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2006

Prior Work Experience

  • Model Developer and Policy Analyst, University of Minnesota and Great Plains Institute, Minneapolis, MN (2008-2009)
  • Research Assistant, Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2007-2008)
  • Laboratory Manager/Laboratory Technician, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN (2006-2008)

Other Affiliations

  • Member of the System Dynamics Society

Featured Publications

Warner, Ethan, Yimin Zhang, Danny Inman, Annika Eberle, Alberta Carpenter, Garvin Heath, Dylan Hettinger. 2017. Implications of Air Pollutant Emissions from Producing Agricultural and Forestry Feedstocks. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Warner, Ethan, Kristi Moriarty, John Lewis, Anelia Milbrandt, and Amy Schwab. 2015 Bioenergy Market Report. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Warner, Ethan, Daniel Steinberg, Elke Hodson, and Garvin Heath. 2015. Potential Cost-Effective Opportunities for Methane Emission Abatement. NREL/TP-6A50-62818. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Melaina, Marc, Ethan Warner, Yongling Sun, Emily Newes, and Adam Ragatz. 2014. Analysis of Benefits Associated With Projects and Technologies Supported by the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. Draft project report prepared for California Energy Commission by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. CEC-600-2014-005-D.

Warner, E. S., and G.A. Heath. Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Nuclear Electricity Generation: Systematic Review and Harmonization. Journal of Industrial Ecology 16, Supplement 1 (April 2012): S73-S92. NREL/JA-6A20-48514. doi:10.1111/j.1530-9290.2012.00472.x.

Edenhofer et al. 2011. In IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation Chapter 9: Renewable Energy in the Context of Sustainable Energy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

Full list of Ethan Warner's publications (NREL)