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Billy Roberts

Researcher III-Geospatial Science | 303-275-3824

Billy J. Roberts 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 cartography

Research Interests

Renewable energy and cartographic technique
Wildlife and energy technology interactions
Geothermal technology


M.S., Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, University of Denver
B.S., Geographic Information Systems, Texas State University

Prior Work Experience

GIS analyst, Texas Department of Transportation, Austin, TX
GIS analyst, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Austin, TX
GIS analyst, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Austin, TX

Featured Publications

Esposito, A., J. Porro, C. Augustine, and B.J. Roberts. "Estimate of the Geothermal Energy Resource in the Major Sedimentary Basins in the United States." Paper presented at Geothermal Resources Council 36th Annual Meeting, Reno, NV, October 2012. NREL/PR-6A20-56444.

Newmark, R., J. Macknick, G. Heath, S. Ong, P. Denholm, R. Margolis, and B.J. Roberts. "Implications of Future Energy Choices in the Energy-Water-Land Nexus." WREF Forum: Energy-Water Nexus: An International Perspective, Denver, CO, May 2012. NREL/PR-6A20-54951.

Lopez, A., B.J. 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.

Roberts, B.J. 2011. "Potential for Photovoltaic Solar Installation in Non-Irrigated Corners of Center Pivot Irrigation Fields in the State of Colorado." Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-51330.

Denholm, P., R.M. Margolis, S. Ong, and B.J. Roberts. 2009. "Break-Even Cost for Residential Photovoltaics in the United States: Key Drivers and Sensitivities." Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A2-46909.

Full list of Billy Roberts publications (NREL).