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Sarah Awara

Researcher II-Electrical Engineering


As an energy systems researcher in NREL's Grid Operations Planning Group within the Grid Planning and Analysis Center, Sarah's research focuses on resource adequacy of power systems. Her work focuses specifically on analyzing the capacity credit of renewables and energy storage as the penetrations of these resources increase.  

Research Interests

Analyzing the effects of high penetrations of renewable energy on the power grid

Examining the capacity credit of renewables and energy storage


M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, University of Calgary

B.Sc., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary

Professional Experience

Graduate Researcher, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (2016–2019)

Programmatics Intern, Imperial Oil Limited, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (2014–2015)

Associations and Memberships

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Featured Work

A Systematic Evaluation of Wind's Capacity Credit in the Western United StatesWind Energy (2021)

Comparing Capacity Credit Calculations for Wind: A Case Study in Texas, NREL Technical Report (2021)

Solar Power Capacity Value Evaluation-A ReviewIEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering (2018)

Assessing Capacity Value of Wind in Alberta, CIGRÉ Canada Conference (2018)