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Elizabeth Doris

Center Director I-Technical


Elizabeth "Liz" Doris is the director of Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis and has worked in domestic and international energy efficiency and renewable energy policy research for over 20 years.

Most recently at NREL, Doris served as laboratory program manager for NREL's State, Local, and Tribal Program, which aims to support development of efficient, affordable, equitable, and resilient energy systems. The Program primarily supports the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, the Office of Indian Energy, and the Energy Transitions Initiative.

Additionally, Doris served as senior advisor on energy justice, energy efficiency and renewable energy (on detail from NREL) at the U.S. Department of Energy. In this position, she supported the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to develop and execute a community centered approach to driving economic development and clean energy national goals.

Research Interests

Jurisdictional approaches to energy system transformation, including island governments and sovereign nations

Equitable, whole community transition

Mixed methods approaches to next generation decision informatics

High efficiency government information dissemination program design


Doctorate, Law and Policy, Northeastern University

M.S., Energy Policy, Johns Hopkins University

B.A., Environmental Science and Marine Biology, Boston University

Professional Experience

Senior Advisor on Energy Justice, Energy Efficiency, and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (2021-2022)

Principal Laboratory Program Manager, State, Local, and Tribal Program, NREL (2015–2022)

Senior Project Leader and Technical Manager, NREL (2013–2015)

Senior Project Leader, NREL (2010–2015)

Senior Energy Analyst, NREL (2005–2010)

Researcher, ACEEE (2000–2005)

Associations and Memberships

Member, Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management 

Member, American Solar Energy Society

Featured Work

Puerto Rico Energy Planning Resources Workshop Report, NREL Technical Report (2019)

Techno-Economic Renewable Energy Potential on Tribal Lands, NREL Technical Report (2018)

Clean Energy in City Codes: A Baseline Analysis of Municipal Codification across the United States, NREL Technical Report (2017)

City-Level Energy Decision Making: Data Use in Energy Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in U.S. Cities, NREL Technical Report (2015)

Effect of State Policy Suites on the Development of Solar Markets, NREL Technical Report (2015)