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Nate Blair

Group Manager - System Modeling and Geospatial Data Science

Nate.Blair@nrel.gov | 303-384-7426

Nate Blair is the group manager of the Systems Modeling & Geospatial Data Science Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Areas of Expertise

Linear programming with General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS)
Solar system modeling tools including PVWatts, System Advisor Model (SAM), Solar Prospector, URDB
Concentrating solar power systems
Personnel Management
Project Management

Research Interests

Techno-economic analysis
Photovoltaics, onshore and offshore wind, geothermal power, electricity storage
Electric grid capacity expansion modeling
International Energy Sector Analysis and Development
Building energy efficiency

Education

M.B.A., 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business
M.S.M.E., 1993,  University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering School, Solar Energy Laboratory
B.A. Physics, 1992, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN

Prior Work Experience

Energy Expert, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), World Bank, Washington, DC (on assignment from NREL), 2015–2016
Intern, Global Energy Partners, LLC (June 2001August 2001)
Intern, Sandia National Lab - Concentrating Solar Power Group (May 2000–August 2000)
Project Engineer, Thermal Energy System Specialists (August 1998November 1999)
Visiting Researcher, Center for Science and Technologies in Buildings (CSTB) (November 1997May 1998)
Visiting Researcher, Transsolar EnergiTechnik GMBH (July 1997October 1997)
TRNSYS Coordinator, UW-Madison Solar Energy Lab (19941997)
TRNSYS Coordinator Assistant, UW-Madison Solar Energy Lab (March 1994August 1994)
Staff Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin (March 1994August 1994)

Other Affiliations

American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
International Solar Energy Society (ISES)

Featured Publications

Kelly Eurek, Wesley Cole, David Bielen, Nate Blair, Stuart Cohen, Bethany Frew, Jonathan Ho, Venkat Krishnan, Trieu Mai, Benjamin Sigrin, Daniel Steinberg. (2016). Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) Model Documentaton: Verison 2016.  Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL/TP-6A20-67067, 109 pp.

Blair N., Zhou E., Getman D., Arent, D. (2015). Electricity Capacity Expansion Modeling, Analysis, and Visualization: A Summary of High-Renewable Modeling Experiences.  Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL/TP-6A20-64831.

Blair, N.; Dobos, A.; Freeman, J.; Neises, T.; Wagner, M.; Ferguson T.; Gilman P.; Janzou, S. (2014). System Advisor Model, SAM 2014.1.14: General Description. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL/TP-6A20-61019.

Mai, T.; Logan, J.; Blair, N.; Sullivan, P.; Bazilian, M. (2013). "RE-ASSUME: A Decision Maker's Guide to Evaluating Energy Scenarios, Modeling, and Assumptions". 73 pp.; Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL Report No. TP-6A20-58493.

Lopez, A., B. 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.

Wagner, M. J.; Blair, N.; Dobos, A. (2010). Detailed Physical Trough Model for NREL's Solar Advisor Model: Preprint. 11 pp; Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL Report No. CP-5500-49368.

Blair, N., T. Jenkin, J. Milford, W. Short, P. Sullivan, D. Evans, E. Lieberman, G. Goldstein, E. Wright, K.R. Jayaraman, B. Venkatesh, G. Kleiman, C. Namovicz, B. Smith, K. Palmer, R. Wiser, F. Wood. (2009). Renewable Energy and Efficiency Modeling Analysis Partnership (REMAP): An Analysis of How Different Energy Models Addressed a Common High Renewable Energy Penetration Scenario in 2025. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL/TP-6A2-45656.

Blair, N., M. Mehos, C. Christensen, C. Cameron. (2008). Modeling Photovoltaic and Concentrating Solar Power Trough Performance, Cost, and Financing with the Solar Advisor Model: Preprint. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL/CP-670-42922.

Gilman, P.; Blair, N.; Mehos, M.; Christensen, C.; Janzou, S.; Cameron, C. (2008). Solar Advisor Model User Guide for Version 2.0. 133 pp.; Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory,  NREL Report No. TP-670-43704.

Blair, N.; Mehos, M.; Christensen, C. (2008). Sensitivity of Concentrating Solar Power Trough Performance, Cost and Financing with Solar Advisor Model. 2008 14th Biennial CSP SolarPACES (Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems) Symposium, 4-7 March 2008, Las Vegas, Nevada (CD-ROM) (NREL/CD-550-42709). 8pp; Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory,  NREL Report No. CP-670-42852.

Laxson, A.; Hand, M. M.; Blair, N. (2006). High Wind Penetration Impact on U.S. Wind Manufacturing Capacity and Critical Resources. 34 pp.; Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL Report No. TP-500-40482.

Blair, N.; Mehos, M.; Short, W.; Heimiller, D. (2006). Concentrating Solar Deployment System (CSDS) -- A New Model for Estimating U.S. Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Market Potential: Preprint. 10 pp., Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL Report No. CP-620-39682.

Blair, N.; Short, W.; Denholm, P.; Heimiller, D. (2006). "Long-Term National Impacts of State-Level Policies". (Proceedings of) Windpower 2006 Conference and Exhibition (CD-ROM, Policy Track), 4-7 June 2006, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Washington, DC: American Wind Energy Association, 17 pp.; Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL Report No. CP-640-41244.

Blair, N.; Christensen, C.; Mehos, M.; Janzou, S. (2006). "Cost and Performance Solar Analysis Model for All Solar Technologies"  (ISEC2005-76207). Solar Engineering 2005: Proceedings of the 2005 International Solar Energy Conference (ISEC2005), 6-12 August 2005, Orlando, Florida. New York: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) pp. 225-228; Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory,  NREL Report No. CP-620-38049.

Blair, N.; Short, W.; Denholm, P.; Heimiller, D. (2006). Long-Term National Impacts of State-Level Policies: Preprint. 20 pp.; Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL Report No. CP-620-40105.

Blair, N.; Short, W.; Heimiller, D. (2005). Reduced Form of Detailed Modeling of Wind Transmission and Intermittency for Use in Other Models: Preprint. 16 pp.; Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL Report No. CP-620-38139.

Stuetzle, T.; Blair, N.; Beckman, W. A.; Mitchell, J. W. (2004). Use of Linear Predictive Control for a Solar Electric Generating System. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology. Vol. 25(1), 2004; pp. 55-63; Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL Report No. JA-620-36479.

Short, W.; Blair, N.; Heimiller, D. (2003). Long-Term Potential of Wind Power in the United States. Solar Today, November/December 2003; pp. 28-29; Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory,  NREL Report No. JA-620-34871.

Short, W.; Blair, N.; Heimiller, D.; Singh, V. (2003). Modeling the Long-Term Market Penetration of Wind in the United States. 15 pp.; Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL Report No. CP-620-34469.

Stuetzle, T., Blair, N., Mitchell, J., Beckman, W. (2003). Automatic control of a 30 MWe SEGS VI parabolic trough plant, Solar Energy, October (2003).

Blair, N., Bradley, D.E., “Simulation Synergy; Interconnecting Simulation Programs”, 1999 Annual ASES Conference, Portland ME (1999).

Schuler, M., Meyer, H., Knirsch, A., Holst, S., Hiller, M., Beckman, W.A., Blair, N.J.  (1997). TRNSYS 14 goes Windows and WINDOW 4.1 - Tool for Energetic and Visual Building Simulation, Building Simulation 1997 (IBPSA), Prague, Czech Republic, Vol.I, pg. 33-40.

Quinlan, P., Beckman, W.A., Mitchell, J.W., Klein, S.A. (1997). Blair, N.  Time Series Modeling of Autonomous Hybrid Power Systems. 1997 Annual ASES Conference, Washington D.C.

Blair, N. , (M.S., 1993), "Experimental and Numerical Analysis of Transient Natural Convection in a Cylindrical Enclosure"

Full list of Nate Blair publications (NREL).