Anelia Milbrandt is a member of the Resources and Sustainability Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center, where she focuses on evaluating biomass resources and their energy potential. She leads NREL’s efforts related to Waste-to-Energy resources, including analyses on their availability, competing uses, economic potential, and market opportunities. Anelia also leads NREL’s activities related to analyzing biogas/renewable natural gas production potential from resource, energy, and market perspective. She has considerable experience in managing projects and programs related to renewable energy development in the United States and abroad.

Research Interests

Sustainable biomass resource development and use

Waste resources in the context of circular economy

Sustainable community development


M.S., Geography, University of Sofia

B.S., Geography, University of Sofia

Professional Experience

GIS Analyst, Minnesota State Legislature (2001–2003)

Associations and Memberships

Member, Association of American Geographers 

Featured Work

A Summary of Standards and Practices for Wet Waste Streams Used in Waste-to-Energy Technologies in the United StatesRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2020)

Economic Analysis of Wet Waste-to-Energy Resources in the United StatesEnergy (2019)

Wet Waste-to-Energy Resources in the United StatesResources, Conservation and Recycling (2018)

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Awards and Honors

U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Program R&D Award "In Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Hydrogen Scenario Analysis" (2007)

NREL Staff Award for Outstanding Performance (2007)