Daniel Steinberg is the Economics and Forecasting Group Manager in the Grid Planning and Analysis Center.

Areas of Expertise

Energy policy and regulatory analysis
Econometric analysis
Modeling of interactions between climate change and the energy sector

Research Interests

Interactions between human behavior and the environment
Environmental and energy market impacts of energy and environmental policy
Impacts of climate change on global energy supply and demand


M.E.Sc in Environmental Economics and Energy Analysis, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
B.A. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University

Prior Work Experience

Visiting Researcher, The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria (2008)
Research Assistant, The Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, MA (2004–2007)
Research Assistant, Long Term Ecological Research Site, Toolik, AK (2002, 2003)

Featured Publications

Daniel C. Steinberg, David A.Bielen, and Aaron Townsend. 2018. Evaluating the CO2 emissions reduction potential and cost of power sector re-dispatch. Energy Policy, 112: 34-44.

David Bielen, Dallas Burtraw, Karen L. Palmer, Daniel Steinberg. 2017. The Future of Power Markets in a Low Marginal Cost World. Resource for the Future. Washington, D.C. RFF WP 17-26.

Mignone, Bryan, Sharon Showalter, Frances Wood, Haewon McJeon, and Daniel C. Steinberg. 2017. Sensitivity of natural gas deployment in the US power sector to future carbon policy expectations. Energy Policy 110: 518-524.

Steinberg, D.C., D. Beilen, J. Eichman, K. Eurek, J. Logan, T. Mai, C. McMillan, A. Parker, L. Vimmerstedt, and E. Wilson. 2017. Electrification and decarbonization: exploring US energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in scenarios with widespread electrification and power sector decarbonization. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-68214.

Fell, Harrison, Daniel Kaffine, and Daniel C Steinberg. 2017. Energy efficiency and emissions intensity standards. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. 4 (51).

Beiter, Philipp, Wesley J. Cole, and Daniel C. Steinberg. 2017. Modeling the value of integrated U.S. and Canadian power sector expansion. Electricity Journal. 30(2): 47-59.

Cole, Wesley, Trieu Mai, Jeffrey Logan, Daniel C. Steinberg, James McCall, James Richards, Benjamin Sigrin, Gian Porro. 2016. 2016 Standard Scenarios Report: A U.S. Electricity Sector Outlook. NREL/TP-6A20-66939.

Eurek, Kelly, 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 Documentation: Version 2016. NREL/TP-6A20-67067.

Heath, Garvin, Ethan Warner, Daniel C. Steinberg, and Adam Brandt. 2015. Estimating U.S. methane emissions from the natural gas supply chain: approaches, uncertainties, current estimates, and future studies. Golden, CO: Joint Institute of Strategic Energy Analysis. JISEA/TP-6A50-62820.

Warner, Ethan, Daniel C. Steinberg, Elke Hodson, and Garvin Heath. 2015. Potential Cost-Effective Opportunities for Methane Abatement. Golden, CO: Joint Institute of Strategic Energy Analysis. JISEA/TP-6A50-62818.

Clinton, Bentley, Austin Brown, Carolyn Davidson, Daniel Steinberg. 2015. "Impact of Direct Financial Incentives in the Emerging Battery Electric Vehicle Market: A Preliminary Analysis" (Presentation). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PR-6A20-63263.

Davidson, Carolyn, Daniel C. Steinberg, and Robert Margolis. "Exploring the market for third-party-owned residential photovoltaic systems: insights from lease and power-purchase agreement contract structures and costs in California." Environmental Research Letters 10, no. 2 (2015).

Paranhos, E., T.G. Kozak, W. Boyd, J. Bradbury, D.C. Steinberg, D.J. Arent. 2015. Controlling Methane Emissions in the Natural Gas Sector: A Review of Federal and State Regulatory Frameworks Governing Production, Gathering, Processing, Transmission, and Distribution. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A50-63416.

Steinberg, Daniel C. and Erin Boyd. 2015. Energy efficiency under alternative carbon policies: incentives, measurement, and interregional effects. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64390.

Lantz, E., D.C. Steinberg, M. Mendelsohn, O. Zinaman, T. James, G. Porro, M. Hand, T. Mai, J. Logan, J. Heeter, and L. Bird. 2014. Implications of a PTC Extension on U.S. Wind Deployment. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-61663.

Steinberg, D.C. and Owen Zinaman. 2014. State Energy Efficiency Resource Standards design, status, and impacts. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-61023.

Davidson, C. and D.C. Steinberg. "Evaluating the impact of third-party price reporting and other drivers on residential photovoltaic price estimates." Energy Policy 62 (August 2013): 752-61. NREL/JA-5200-57765. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2013.07.112.

Mignone, B., T. Alfstad, A. Bergmann, K. Dubin, R. Duke, P. Friley, A. Martinez, M. Mowers, K. Palmer, A. Paul, S. Showalter, D.C. Steinberg, M. Woerman, F. Wood. "Cost-effectiveness and economic incidence of a clean energy standard." Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy 1, no. 3 (2012). http://dx.doi.org/10.5547/2160-5890.1.3.5.

Steinberg, D., G. Porro, M. Goldberg. 2012. Preliminary Analysis of the Jobs and Economic Impacts of Renewable Energy Projects Supported by the 1603 Treasury Grant Program. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-52739.

Palmer, K., A. Paul, M. Woerman, D.C. Steinberg, "Federal Policies for Renewable Electricity: Impacts and Interactions." Energy Policy 39, no. 7 (July 2011): 3975-91; NREL Report No. JA-6A20-52457. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2011.01.035.

Goetz, S.J., D. Steinberg, M.G. Betts, R.T. Holmes, P.J. Doran, R. Dubayah, M. Hofton. "Lidar Remote Sensing Variables Predict Breeding Habitat of a Neotropical Migrant Bird." Ecology 91, no. 6 (2010): 1569-76. NREL/JA-6A2-49073. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/09-1670.1.

Steinberg, D.C. "Estimating the impacts of climate change on electricity consumption in Europe." White paper (2010).

Steinberg, D.C. and S.J. Goetz. "Assessment and extension of the MODIS FPAR products in temperate forests of the eastern United States." International Journal of Remote Sensing 30, no. 1 (2009): 167-87.

Goetz, S.J. and D.C. Steinberg. "Laser remote sensing of canopy habitat heterogeneity as a predictor of bird species richness in an eastern temperate forest, USA." Remote Sensing of Environment 108, no. 3 (2007): 254-63.

Steinberg, D.C., S.J. Goetz, and E.J. Hyer. "Validation of MODIS FPAR products in boreal forests of Alaska." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 44, no. 7 (2006): 1818-28.

Full list of Daniel Steinberg publications (NREL).