Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown

Researcher IV - Model Engineering

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Patrick Brown is a member of the Transmission Group in the Grid Planning and Analysis Center. His research focuses on improving the representation of renewable energy, transmission, and energy storage in long-term power system planning models to support rapid decarbonization. Patrick contributes to the development of the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) capacity-expansion model and has experience in geospatial analysis, linear programming, and data visualization.

Research Interests

Contribution of variable renewables, energy storage, and transmission to electricity system resource adequacy

Transmission expansion planning

Fossil-fuel-free energy systems


Ph.D., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S., Physics and Chemistry, University of Notre Dame

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT Energy Initiative (2016–2020)

Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Intern, NREL (2009)

Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Intern, NREL (2008)

Featured Work

Examining Supply-Side Options to Achieve 100% Clean Electricity by 2035NREL Technical Report (2022)

Getting to 100%: Six Strategies for the Challenging Last 10%, Joule (2022)

Retail Rate Projections for Long-Term Electricity System Models, NREL Technical Report (2022)

The Roles and Impacts of PV-Battery Hybrids in a Decarbonized U.S. Electricity Supply, NREL Technical Report (2022)

Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) Model Documentation: Version 2020, NREL Technical Report (2021)