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Nate Blair

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Nate Blair is the group manager of the System Modeling & Geospatial Data Science Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Group Manager
On staff since September 2002
Phone number: 303-384-7426

Areas of Expertise

  • Linear programming with General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS)
  • Building and system simulation tools, especially the TRaNsient SYstem Simulation Program (TRNSYS)
  • EES
  • Concentrating solar power system modeling
  • Experimental solar water-heating experience

Research Interests

  • Macroeconomic energy-impact analysis
  • Wind-power market modeling
  • Transient power system modeling
  • Building performance measurement


  • M.B.A., 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business
  • M.S. in mechanical engineering, 1993, University of Wisconsin-Madison Solar Energy Laboratory
  • B.A. in physics, 1992, Gustavus Adolphus College

Prior Work Experience

  • Intern, Global Energy Partners, LLC (June 2001-August 2001)
  • Intern, Sandia National Lab - Concentrating Solar Power Group (May 2000-August 2000)
  • Project Engineer, Thermal Energy System Specialists (August 1998-November 1999)
  • Visiting Researcher, Center for Science and Technologies in Buildings (CSTB) (November 1997-May 1998)
  • Visiting Researcher, Transsolar EnergiTechnik GMBH (July 1997-October 1997)
  • TRNSYS Coordinator, UW-Madison Solar Energy Lab (1994-1997)
  • TRNSYS Coordinator Assistant, UW-Madison Solar Energy Lab (March 1994-August 1994)
  • Staff Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin (March 1994-August 1994)
  • Research assistant, UW-Madison Solar Energy Lab (August 1992-December 1993)

Other Affiliations

  • Member of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
  • Member of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
  • Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Featured Publications

Freeman, J., J. Whitmore, N. Blair, and A.P. Dobos. 2014. Validation of Multiple Tools for Flat Plate Photovoltaic Modeling Against Measured Data. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-61497.

Blair, N., A. Dobos, and N. Sather. 2012. Case Studies Comparing System Advisor Model (SAM) Results to Real Performance Data: Preprint. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/CP-6A20-54676.

Lopez, A., B. Roberts, D. Heimiller, N. Blair, and G. Porro. 2012. U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials: A GIS-Based Analysis. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-51946.

Short, W., P. Sullivan, T. Mai, M. Mowers, C. Uriarte, N. Blair, D. Heimiller, and A. Martinez. 2011. Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-46534.

Blair, N., T. Jenkin, J. Milford, W. Short, P. Sullivan, D. Evans, E. Lieberman, G. Goldstein, E. Wright, K.R. Jayaraman, B. Venkatesh, G. Kleiman, C. Namovicz, B. Smith, K. Palmer, R. Wiser, F. Wood. 2009. Renewable Energy and Efficiency Modeling Analysis Partnership (REMAP): An Analysis of How Different Energy Models Addressed a Common High Renewable Energy Penetration Scenario in 2025. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A2-45656.

Blair, N., M. Mehos, C. Christensen, C. Cameron. 2008. Modeling Photovoltaic and Concentrating Solar Power Trough Performance, Cost, and Financing with the Solar Advisor Model: Preprint. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/CP-670-42922.

Full list of Nate Blair publications (NREL)