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Nicholas Grue

Researcher IV-Geospatial Science


Nick Grue is a researcher focusing on spatial, temporal, and economic analysis related to solar and wind energy development. In a technical capacity, he develops models and analysis pipelines that combine resource assessments, technical potential analysis, and supply curve modeling. He leads projects conducting state- and national-scale assessments of solar and wind energy technologies that factor in physical, technical, and economic barriers to renewable energy development.

Research Interests

Rapid, web-based renewable resource analysis

International renewable energy and geospatial analysis capacity building

Programmatic analysis development and optimization

Contributing to open-source data analysis products

Climate change and grid resilience

Shaping vision for future geospatial endeavors


M.S., Global Energy Management, University of Colorado Denver

Certified Associate in Project Management, Project Management Institute 

B.A., Geography and Environmental Science, University of Colorado Denver

Certificate in Geographic Information Science, University of Colorado Denver

Professional Experience

Physical science technician, U.S. Geological Survey (2011–2012)

Security officer, Guardsmark (2009–2010)

Sergeant, LAV-25 Commander, United States Marine Corps (2004–2008)

Featured Work

The Renewable Energy Potential (reV) Model: A Geospatial Platform for Technical Potential and Supply Curve Modeling, NREL Technical Report (2019)

Renewable Energy Data Explorer User Guide, NREL Technical Report (2018)

South Asia Wind and Solar Supply Curves, NREL Technical Report (2018)

Renewable Energy Data, Analysis, and Decisions: A Guide for Practitioners, NREL Technical Report (2018)

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