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Joyce McLaren

Renewable Energy Research Analyst IV

Joyce.Mclaren@nrel.gov | 303-384-7362

Joyce McLaren is a member of the Markets & Policy Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Research Interests

Emerging solar-plus-storage market
Impact of regulation and policy on solar adoption
Distributed solar business models
Utility rate structures for solar
State and local technical assistance
Public acceptance and stakeholder engagement

Education

Post-doctoral Fulbright Scholar, Socio-politics of energy systems CLERSE, University of Lille 1, France, 2008
Ph.D. in science and technology policy (energy and environment), University of Sussex, England, 2005
M.S. in community development (energy), University of California - Davis, 1997
B.A. in anthropology/sociology (environmental studies), Transylvania University, Lexington, KY, 1994

Other Work Experience

Energy Specialist, Research and Development Office, California Energy Commission (20022003)
Energy Analyst, Research and Development and Renewables Offices, California Energy Commission (19951999)

Featured Publications

Barbose, Galen, John Miller, Ben Sigrin, Emerson Reiter, Karlynn Cory, Joyce McLaren, Joachim Seel, Andrew Mills, Nam Darghouth, and Andrew Satchwell. 2016. "On the Path to SunShot: Utility Regulatory and Business Model Reforms for Addressing the Financial Impacts of Distributed Solar on UtilitiesPDFPDF". Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-65670.

McLaren, Joyce, John Miller, Eric O'Shaughnessy, Eric Wood, and Evan Shapiro. 2016. Emissions Associated with Electric Vehicle Charging: Impact of Electricity Generation Mix, Charging Infrastructure Availability, and Vehicle TypePDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64852.

McLaren, J. 2015. Reaching 100% Renewable Energy, City of Aspen and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory develop and implement a strategy to cost-effectively reach a groundbreaking goalPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/BR-6A20-62490.

McLaren J., C. Davidson, J. Miller, and L. Bird. "Impact of Rate Design Alternatives on Residential Solar Customer Bills: Increased Fixed Charges, Minimum Bills and Demand-Based Rates." The Electricity Journal 28, no. 8 (October 2015). doi:10.1016/j.tej.2015.09.005.

Bird, L., C. Davidson, J. McLaren, and J. Miller. 2015. Impact of Rate Design Alternatives on Residential Solar Customer Bills: Increased Fixed Charges, Minimum Bills and Demand-based RatesPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64850.

Sterling, J., D. Davidovich, K. Cory, A. Aznar, and J. McLaren. 2015. Flexible Solar Utility: Preparing for Solar's Impacts to Utility Planning and OperationsPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64586.

Taylor, M., J. McLaren, K. Cory, T. Davidovich, J. Sterling, and M. Makhyoun. 2015. Value of Solar: Program Design and Implementation ConsiderationsPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-62361.

McLaren, J. 2014. Policy and Regulatory Considerations: Distributed Solar for Electric System ResiliencyPDF. Brochure Series. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/BR-6A20-62631.

McLaren, J. 2014. Policy and Regulatory Considerations: Smart Inverter FunctionalityPDF. Brochure Series. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/BR-6A20-62612.

McLaren, J. 2014. Policy and Regulatory Considerations: Community Shared SolarPDF. Brochure Series. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/BR-6A20-62367.

McLaren, J. 2014. Policy and Regulatory Considerations: Distributed Solar for Electric Vehicle ChargingPDF. Brochure Series. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/BR-6A20-62366.

Bird, L., J. McLaren, J. Heeter, C. Linvill, J. Shenot, R. Sedano, and J. Migden-Ostrander. 2013. Regulatory Considerations Associated with the Expanded Adoption of Distributed SolarPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-60613.

Hurlbut, D.J., J. McLaren, and R. Gelman. 2013. Beyond Renewable Portfolio Standards: An Assessment of Regional Supply and Demand Conditions Affecting the Future of Renewable Energy in the WestPDF (Executive SummaryPDF). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-57830.

Sterling, J., J. McLaren, M. Taylor, and K. Cory. 2013. Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource PlanningPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-60047.

Heeter, J., and J. McLaren. 2012. Innovations in Voluntary Renewable Energy Procurement: Methods for Expanding Access and Lowering Cost for Communities, Governments, and BusinessesPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-54991.

McLaren, J. 2011. Southeast Regional Clean Energy Policy AnalysisPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-49192.

Doris, E., J. McLaren, V. Healey, and S. Hockett. 2009. State of the States 2009: Renewable Energy Development and the Role of PolicyPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A2-46667.

Doris, E.B., S. Busche, S. Hockett, and J.M. Loring. "Role of State Policy in Renewable Energy DevelopmentPDF." Paper presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability, San Francisco, California, July 2009. NREL/CP-7A2-49059.

McLaren Loring, J. 2008. "The rise of environmentalism and renewable energy in France: a contribution to a regulationist theory of the environment." (unpublished research study).

Loring, J.M. "Wind energy planning in England, Wales and Denmark: Factors influencing project success." Energy Policy 35 (April 2007): 2648-60. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2006.10.008

Full list of Joyce McLaren publications (NREL).