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David Palchak

Researcher IV-Model Engineering | 303-384-7456

David Palchak is a member of the Grid Systems Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

David joined the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL in 2012. His work at NREL has been focused on power system operations at high renewable penetrations including strategies to increase efficiency such as coal flexibility, demand response or storage, and operating reserves. These strategies for cost-effective renewable integration has spanned studies in both the Western and Eastern Interconnections of North America. He has also worked extensively with the Government of India to help them achieve renewable energy targets through large-scale grid integration studies as well as expanding the modeling capabilities of India’s grid operators through trainings and consultations.

Prior to NREL David received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University where he performed research on electrical load forecasting and demand response. He also has a B.A. from Kenyon College.

Areas of Expertise

Electrical load forecasting with artificial neural networks
Demand-side management optimization with Matlab

Research Interests

Demand response and renewable energy deployment modeling (PLEXOS)


B.A. in biology, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, 2006
M.S in mechanical engineering, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado, 2012

Prior Work Experience

Research Assistant, Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory, Colorado State University (20102012)
Materials Tester, Trautner Geotech (20082010)

Featured Publications

Palchak, D., and P. Denholm. 2014. Impact of Generator Flexibility on Electric System Costs and Integration of Renewable Energy. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-62275.

Hummon, M., D. Palchak, P. Denholm, J. Jorgenson, D.J. Olsen, S. Kiliccote, N. Matson, M. Sohn, C. Rose, J. Dudley, S. Goli, and O. Ma. 2013. Grid Integration of Aggregated Demand Response, Part 2: Modeling Demand Response in a Production Cost Model. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-58492.

Hummon, M.R., P. Denholm, J. Jorgenson, D. Palchak, B. Kirby, and O. Ma. 2013. Fundamental Drivers of the Cost and Price of Operating Reserves. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-58491.

D. Palchak, S. Suryanarayanan, and D. Zimmerle. "An Artificial Neural Network in Short-Term Load Forecasting of a University Campus: A Case Study." J. Energy Resour. Technol 135, no. 3 (May 2013). Paper No: JERT-12-1033. doi: 10.1115/1.4023741

Full list of David Palchak publications (NREL).