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Clayton Barrows

Researcher V-Model Engineering


Clayton Barrows is a member of the Grid Operations Planning Group in the Grid Planning and Analysis Center.

Areas of Expertise

Power system modeling

Research Interests

Power and energy systems
Complex system optimization
Network science


Ph.D. in energy and mineral engineering, Penn State, 2013
B.S. in electrical engineering, University of Wyoming, 2005

Professional Experience

Teaching Assistant, Penn State (2007–2012)
Research Assistant, Penn State (20072012)
Graduate Intern, Los Alamos National Laboratory (2011)
Software Application Engineer, Carel USA (2007)
Student Engineer, University of Wyoming, Motor Testing Facility (20042006)

Associations and Memberships

Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Featured Work 

Barrows, Clayton, Trieu Mai, Scott Haase, Jennifer Melius, and Meghan Mooney. 2016. Renewable Energy Deployment in Colorado and the West: A Modeling Sensitivity and GIS Analysis. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-65350

Mai, T., C. Barrows, A. Lopez, E. Hale, M. Dyson, and K. Eurek. 2015. Implications of Model Structure and Detail for Utility Planning: Scenario Case Studies using the Resource Planning Model. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-63972.

Barrows, C., M. Hummon, W. Jones, and E. Hale. 2014. Time Domain Partitioning of Electricity Production Cost Simulations. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-60969.

Barrows, C., and S. Blumsack. 2012. "Transmission Switching in the RTS-96 Test System." IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 27, no. 2 (May 2012): 1134-35. doi:10.1109/TPWRS.2011.2170771

Barrows, C., S. Blumsack, and R. Bent. 2012. "Computationally efficient optimal Transmission Switching: Solution space reduction." Paper presented at the 2012 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, University Park, PA, July 2012. doi:10.1109/PESGM.2012.6345550

Cotilla-Sanchez, E., P.H.D. Hines, C. Barrows, and S. Blumsack. "Comparing the Topological and Electrical Structure of the North American Electric Power Infrastructure." IEEE Systems Journal 6, no. 4 (December 2012): 616-26. doi:10.1109/JSYST.2012.2183033

Blumsack, S., P. Hines, M. Patel, C. Barrows, and E. Cotilla Sanchez. "Defining power network zones from measures of electrical distance." Paper presented at the 2009 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, Calgary, Alberta Canada, July 2009. doi:10.1109/PES.2009.5275353

Full list of Clayton Barrows publications (NREL).