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Lori Bird

Researcher V-Decision Support Analysis | 303-384-7412

Lori Bird is a member of the Markets & Policy Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Areas of Expertise

Market analysis
Policy analysis

Research Interests

Renewable energy and carbon markets
Renewable energy policy
Interplay of emissions and renewables policies


M.E.S. in environmental management, 1997, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Management
B.A. in economics and environmental studies, 1991, Indiana University

Prior Work Experience

Contractor, U.S. Department of Energy, Denver Regional Support Office, Golden, Colorado (1997–1998)
Hagler Bailly Consulting, Boulder, Colorado (19911995)

Other Affiliations

Member of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
Member of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society
Member of Environmental Markets Association

Featured Publications

Bird, L., J. Cochran, and X. Wang. 2014. Wind and Solar Energy Curtailment: Experience and Practices in the United StatesPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-60983.

Heeter, J., R. Gelman, L. Bird. 2014. Status of Net Metering: Assessing the Potential to Reach Program CapsPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-61858.

Bird, L., M. Milligan, and D. Lew. 2013. Integrating Variable Renewable Energy: Challenges and SolutionsPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-60451.

Cochran, J., L. Bird, J. Heeter, and D.J. Arent. 2012. Integrating Variable Renewable Energy in Electric Power Markets: Best Practices from International Experience, Summary for PolicymakersPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-53730.

Bird, L. and M. Milligan. 2012. Lessons from Large-Scale Renewable Energy Integration StudiesPDF: Preprint. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/CP-6A20-54666.

Bird, L. and J. Sumner. 2011. Using Renewable Energy Purchases to Achieve Institutional Carbon Goals: A Review of Current Practices and ConsiderationsPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-49938.

Bird, L., C. Chapman, J. Logan, J. Sumner, and W. Short. 2011. "Evaluating Renewable Portfolio Standards and Carbon Cap Scenarios in the U.S. Electric Sector." Energy Policy 39, no. 5 (May 2011): 2573-85; NREL/JA-6A20-50749. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2011.02.025

Full list of Lori Bird publications (NREL).