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Scott Belding

Researcher II-Decision Support Analysis


Scott Belding is a researcher in the Integrated Decision Support group, analyzing clean energy policies both domestically and abroad, informing policymaker decisions, and finding innovative pathways to effectively deploy clean energy. He was once a graduate research intern at NREL, studying energy resilience for U.S. Department of Defense bases, creating a model to support microgrid request for qualification assessments, and distilling cybersecurity protocols.

Research Interests

Local, state, and national energy policy

Energy modeling and data analysis

Energy access and equity

Long-term electricity storage

Transmission infrastructure and grid integration

Disruptive transportation technologies

Energy resilience and security

Natural capitalism and end-use efficiency

Communication strategies and cognitive biases


M.P.A., Energy & Environment, Columbia University

M.S., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Chemistry, University of San Diego

Professional Experience

Prior to NREL, Scott researched energy use in the aluminum sector, explored solar energy disaster resilience in the Dominican Republic, and analyzed pipeline sustainability practices. Before his energy career, Scott was a craft beer brewer in San Diego and Nepal.