Will Frazier

Will Frazier

Electricity Grid Modeler and Analyst


Will Frazier is a member of the Economics and Forecasting Group in the Grid Planning and Analysis Center.

He is part of the team that manages and operates the ReEDS (Regional Energy Development System) model, NREL’s primary tool for modeling long-term changes of large-scale electricity grids. Will’s work primarily focuses on representing resource adequacy of variable generators and storage systems.

In his spare time Will enjoys rock climbing and chess.

Areas of Expertise

Mathematical programming in Python

Long- and near-term modeling of the U.S. electricity grid

Research Interests

Grid integration of variable renewable energy and storage

The future role of distributed energy resources in providing grid flexibility


M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, 2018, University of Colorado at Boulder

B.S. in Physics, 2016, University of Nevada Reno

Prior Work Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Colorado at Boulder (2016–2018)

Featured Work

Cole,W., W. Frazier, P. Donohoo-Vallet, T. Mai, P. Das. 2018. 2018 Standard Scenarios Report: A U.S. Electricity Sector Outlook. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL/TP-6A20-71913.

Cole, W., W. Frazier. 2018.  Impacts of Increasing Penetration of Renewable Energy on the Operation of the Power Sector.   The Electricity Journal. December 2018.

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