Kate Anderson leads the Engineering and Modeling Group at NREL. Kate leads a team of technical experts who support government and private entities with techno-economic modeling and analysis, field assessments, design, and implementation of energy efficiency (EE), renewable energy (RE), storage, and microgrids. Kate is the program lead for the development of NREL’s REopt model, used to evaluate cost-optimal selection and sizing of behind-the-meter energy assets for grid-connected and off-grid energy systems. Kate’s work includes providing technical assistance on EE and RE technologies to meet energy goals, developing net zero energy strategies, valuing energy security, and evaluating PV interconnection solutions on New York City’s secondary network distribution system. Prior to joining NREL, Kate launched satellites as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.  

Research Interests

Energy optimization

Techno-economic modeling

Value of resiliency



MBA in Technology Management, University of New Mexico

MS in Renewable Energy Systems Technology, Loughborough University

BS in Aerospace Engineering, MIT

Featured Work

New York Solar Smart DG Hub-Resilient Solar Project: Economic and Resiliency Impact of PV and Storage on New York Critical Infrastructure, NREL Technical Report (2016) 

Optimal Sizing of a Solar-Plus-Storage System For Utility Bill Savings and Resiliency Benefits, 7th Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (2016)

Portfolio Analysis of Renewable Energy Opportunities, Society of Telecommunication Engineers Cable-Tec Expo (2016) 

A Statistical Analysis of the Economic Drivers of Battery Energy Storage in Commercial Buildings, 48th American Power Syposium (2016)

Cost-Optimal Pathways to 75% Fuel Reduction in Remote Alaskan Villages, IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (2015)

REopt: A Platform for Energy System Integration and Optimization, ASME 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability (2014)

Valuing Energy Security: Customer Damage Function Methodology and Case Studies at DoD Installations, NREL Technical Report (2012)

Lessons Learned from Net Zero Energy Assessments and Renewable Energy Projects at Military Installations, NREL Technical Report (2011)

Interconnecting PV on New York City's Secondary Network Distribution System, NREL Technical Report (2009)

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