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Anthony Lopez is a member of the Geospatial Data Science team within the Systems Modeling & Geospatial Data Science Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Areas of Expertise

Spatial Analysis and Statistics
Parallel Processing and Analysis of Spatiotemporal “Big Data”
Wind and Solar Generator and Financial Modeling
Scientific Computing and High Performance Computing
Visualization of Multivariate Spatiotemporal Datasets
Spatial Database Design and Utilization

Research Interests

Solar Resource Assessment
Renewable Energy Techno-Economic Analysis
International Renewable Energy Characterization and Analysis


M.S., Geographic Information Science, University of Denver
Certificate in Geographic Information Science, University of Denver
B.S., Geography (emphasis in geographic information systems), University of Northern Colorado

Prior Work Experience

GIS Analyst, SWCA Environmental Consultants, Broomfield, CO
GIS Analyst, Weld County Public Works, Greeley, CO

Featured Publications

Aron Habte, Manajit Sengupta, and Anthony Lopez. 2017. Evaluation of the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB): 1998-2015. NREL/TP-5D00-67722, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.

Navajo Generating Station & Federal Resource Planning. Volume 1: Sectoral Technical, and Economic Trends. 2017. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.

Kelly Eurek, Patrick Sullivan, Michael Gleason, Dylan Hettinger, Donna Heimiller, Anthony Lopez. 2017. An Improved global wind resource estimate for integrated assessment models. Energy Economics, Volume 64, May 2017, Pages 552-567

Austin Brown, Philipp Beiter, Donna Heimiller, Carolyn Davidson, Paul Denholm, Jennifer Melius, Anthony Lopez, Dylan Hettinger, David Mulcahy, and Gian Porro. 2015. Estimating Renewable Energy Economic Potential in the United States: Methodology and Initial Results. NREL/TP-6A20-64503, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.

Trieu Mai, Clayton Barrows, Anthony Lopez, Elaine Hale, Mark Dyson, and Kelly Eurek. 2015. Implications of Model Structure and Detail for Utility Planning: Scenario Case Studies Using the Resource Planning Model. NREL-TP-6A20-63972, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO.

Clayton Barrows, Treiu Mai, Elaine Hale, Anthony Lopez, Kelly Eurek. 2015. Considering renewables in capacity expansion models: Capturing flexibility with hourly dispatch. Power & Energy Society General Meeting, IEEE.

Manajit Sengupta, Andrew Weekley, Aron Habet, and Anthony Lopez. 2015. Validation of the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB) (2005-2012). NREL/CP-5D00-64981, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.

Carolyn Davidson, Easan Drury, Anthony Lopez, Ryan Elmore, and Robert Margolis. 2014. Modeling photovoltaic diffusion: an analysis of geospatial datasets . Environmental Research Letters, Volume 9, Number 7.

M. Hummon, J. Cochran, A. Weekley, A. Lopez, Z. Zhang, and B. Stoltenberg. 2014. Variability of Photovoltaic Power in the State of Gujarat Using High Resolution Solar Data. NREL/TP-7A40-60991, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.

Hillary Hanson, Rachel Wood, Chad Augustine, Greg Mines, Anthony Lopez, and Dylan Hettinger. 2014. Development of a Geothermal Well Database for Estimating in-Field EGS Potential in the State of Nevada. GRC Transactions, Vol. 38.

E. Doris, A. Lopez, and D. Beckley. 2013. Geospatial Analysis of Renewable Energy Technical Potential on Tribal Lands. U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy.

Trieu Mai, Easan Drury, Kelly Eurek, Natalie Bodington, Anthony Lopez, and Andrew Perry. 2013. Resource Planning Model: An Integrated Resource Planning and Dispatch Tool for Regional Electric Systems . NREL/TP-6A20-56723, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.

S. Sattler, J. Macknick, D. Yates, F. Flores-Lopez, A. Lopez, and J. Rogers. 2012. Linking electricity and water models to assess electricity choices at water-relevant scales. Environmental Research Letters, Volume 7, Number 4.

Full list of Anthony Lopez publications (NREL).