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James McCall

Researcher IV-Mechanical Engineering

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James is a member of the Resources and Sustainability Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. His interests include techno-economic analyses for various renewable technologies, economic and employment impacts, and systems analysis associated with the energy-water-food-nexus. Prior work experience was as a researcher at a utility law think tank at ASU and a project manager/facilities engineer for an upstream oil and gas producer

Research Interests

Energy Water Nexus

Techno-economic Analysis

Economic and Employment Impacts Analysis


P.S.M., Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization, Arizona State University

B.S., Engineering, Mechanical Specialty, Colorado School of Mines

Prior Work Experience

Intern, Energy Policy Innovation Council, Tempe, AZ, (2014)
Facilities Engineer, Aera Energy LLC, Bakersfield, CA, (2009–2013)

Featured Work

Jeffrey Logan, Cara Marcy, James McCall, Francisco Flores-Espino, Aaron Bloom, Jorn Aabakken, Wesley Cole, Thomas Jenkin, Gian Porro, Chang Liu, Francesco Ganda, Richard Boardman, Thomas Tarka, John Brewer, Travis Schultz. 2017. Electricity Generation Baseline Report. NREL/TP-6A20-67645. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO.

James McCall, Jordan Macknick, Daniel Hillman. 2016. Water-Related Power Plant Curtailments: An Overview of Incidents and Contributing Factors. DOE/GO-102016-4907.

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

Brenda Beatty, Jordan Macknick, James McCall, Genevieve Braus, David Buckner. 2017. Native Vegetation Performance under a Solar PV Array at the National Wind Technology Center. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO. NREL/TP-1900-66218.

Awards and Honors

U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Award, H2@Scale (2018)