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Gregory Brinkman

Researcher V-Model Engineering


Greg Brinkman is a member of the Grid Operations Planning Group within the Grid Planning and Analysis Center.

Research Interests

Integration of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and enabling technologies into the electric power system

Environmental impacts of renewable energy and energy efficiency


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

M.P.P., Environmental Policy, University of Maryland

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University

Professional Experience

Energy Analysis Engineer, NREL (2009–present)

Research Assistant, University of Colorado Boulder (2004–2009)

Research Fellow, Joint Global Change Research Institute (2002–2004)

Featured Work

The Role of Hydropower Flexibility in Integrating Renewables in a Low-Carbon Grid, NREL Technical Report (2023)

Storage Effectiveness in Enabling Variable Generation and Avoiding Fossil Emissions, NREL Technical Report (2023)

Low Carbon Grid Study: Analysis of a 50% Emission Reduction in California, NREL Technical Report (2016)

Renewable Electricity Futures: Operational Analysis of the Western Interconnection at Very High Renewable Penetrations, NREL Technical Report (2015)

Operation of Concentrating Solar Power Plants in the Western Wind and Solar Integration Phase 2 Study, NREL Technical Report (2014)

The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study Phase 2, NREL Technical Report (2013)

Renewable Electricity Futures Study. Volume 4: Bulk Electric Power Systems: Operations and Transmission Planning, NREL Technical Report (2012)

Navajo Generating Station and Air Visibility Regulations: Alternatives and Impacts (Revised), NREL Technical Report (2012)

Grid Modeling for the SunShot Vision Study, NREL Technical Report (2012)

Toward a Solar-Powered GridIEEE Power and Energy Magazine (2011)