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Rob Hardison

Markets and Policy Researcher


Rob Hardison performs project management and research as a member of the Research and Sustainability Group in the fields of energy resilience and international renewable energy market development. In this role he supports resilience planning at U.S. federal facilities and performs technical research and policy development with the goal of increasing commercial solar procurement in various developing countries. Prior to joining NREL, he worked on a range of renewable energy policy design and project implementation efforts in Indonesia as an independent consultant; he has also led sustainability projects for federal agencies at a consulting firm in Washington, DC, and performed environmental compliance surveys as an officer in the US Army.

Research Interests

Renewable energy and resilience policy
International development through clean energy
Small-scale renewables project development and finance
Renewable energy business models and market strategies
Home energy management systems


M.P.A. Environmental Policy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2006
M.B.A. Finance and Entrepreneurialism, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2006
B.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN 1996

Prior Work Experience

Independent Climate and Energy Consultant, Jakarta, Indonesia (2012–2017)
Climate, Energy and Sustainability Consultant, Logistics Management Institute, Fairfax, VA (2006–2012)
Business Development, Seattle Biodiesel, Seattle, WA (2005)
Policy Analyst, Government Accountability Office, San Francisco, CA (2004)
Environmental Scientist, Horne Engineering, Arlington, VA (2002–2003)
Environmental Engineering Officer, US Army, Camp Zama Japan and Ft. Lewis, WA (1996–2000)

Other Professional Affiliations

Certified Energy Manager

Featured Work

Brian Hirsch, Kari Burman, Carolyn Davidson, Michael Elchinger, R. Hardison, D. Karsiwulan, B. Castermans. 2015. Sustainable Energy in Remote Indonesian Grids: Accelerating Project Development. Golden, Colorado: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  NREL/TP-7A40-64018

Strategy for Large-Scale Implementation of Biogas Capture from Palm Oil Mill Effluent and Reuse for Renewable Electricity Generation, Mar 2017, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperative (APEC).

Feasibility Studies for Biomass Power Generation in East Kalimantan, Feb 2016, Global Green Growth Institute.

Resource Assessment for Livestock and Agro‐Industrial Wastes – Indonesia, Aug 2015, EPA - Global Methane Initiative.

GHG Emissions Savings of a Proposed High Fatty Acid Crude Palm Oil (HFCPO) Production Facility, Jun 2013, Forest Carbon.

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol for the U.S. Public Sector: Interpreting the Corporate Standard for U.S. Public Sector Organizations, Oct 5, 2010, World Resources Institute.

Federal Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting Guidance, 2010, President's Council on Environmental Quality.

A Federal Leader’s Guide to Climate Change: Policy, Adaptation, and Mitigation, Feb 2009 publication, Logistics Management Institute.

Full list of Rob Hardison publications (NREL).