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Nick Laws

Engineer - Energy Systems Modeling


Nick’s primary work at NREL revolves around REopt – a techno-economic optimization model for determining the best mix of renewable energy and fossil fuel resources required to meet a wide range of goals, including cost savings, pollution reductions, and renewable energy portfolios. As a member of the REopt team, Nick is continuously adapting the REopt model to accommodate the latest technologies, market factors, and user goals.

Research Interests

At a broad level, Nick’s research interests are identifying and overcoming the technical and market hurdles to integrating distributed, renewable energy resources, as well as the electrification of the energy economy. 

At the distribution edge, Nick is interested in control strategies and the Internet of Things for integrating smart buildings and electric vehicles into the electricity grid with win-win strategies for consumers and utilities.


M.S. Energy Engineering, Dartmouth College

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Boston University

Featured Work

Impacts of Valuing Resilience on Cost-Optimal PV and Storage Systems for Commercial Buildings.  Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 127(C), pages 896-909 (2018)

Quantifying and Monetizing Renewable Energy Resiliency, Sustainability (2018)

On the utility death spiral and the impact of utility rate structures on the adoption of residential solar photovoltaics and energy storage, Applied Energy (2017)

Hydrokinetic energy conversion: Technology, research, and outlook, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2016)