Chris Marnay

Chris Marnay

China Energy Group
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road MS 90R2121
Berkeley CA 94720
Office Location: 90-2112
(510) 486-7028

Chris Marnay is a retired Staff Scientist currently affiliated with the China Energy Group. He worked at Berkeley Lab for 29 years. He models economic-environmental problems related to likely future adoption patterns of small-scale distributed energy resources (DER), especially when clustered in microgrids exercising local semiautonomous control and able to island. He was a member of the Consortium of Electric Reliability Solutions (CERTS) team that proposed the CERTS Microgrid concept, and has published a large body of research on microgrid principles, economics, and applications. His work on DER led to development of the DER Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM), which finds optimum technology neutral combinations of equipment and operating schedules, given prevailing economic circumstances and available equipment descriptions, including multiple generation options, energy storage, and electric vehicles. DER-CAM has been used for numerous analyses and scheduling problems, including storage charging and discharging at the University of New Mexico Mechanical Engineering in Albuquerque. He has lectured widely on microgrid principles, economics, and demonstrations, chairs the annual International Microgrids Symposiums, and served as Convenor of CIGRÉ Working Group 6.22, Microgrid Evolution Roadmap. He has worked at the University of Texas at Austin, was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow at the University of Kitakyushu in 2006, and is an affiliate faculty member in U.C. Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group


1981, BA Development Studies, UC Berkeley
1983, MS Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley
1993, PhD Energy and Resources, UC Berkeley

This publications database is an ongoing project, and not all Division publications are represented here yet.



Yang, Yongwen, Weijun Gao, Nan Zhou, and Chris Marnay. "Optimal Combination of Distributed Energy System in an Eco-Campus of Japan." In Second International Green Energy Conference, Ontario, Canada, June 25-29, 2006. Ontario, Canada : LBNL, 2006. Download: PDF (424.46 KB)
Firestone, Ryan M., Chris Marnay, and Karl M. Maribu. "The Value of Distributed Generation under Different Tariff Structures." In 2006 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, CA: LBNL, 2006. Download: PDF (244.16 KB)


Zhou, Nan, Chris Marnay, Ryan M. Firestone, Weijun Gao, and Masaru Nishida. "An Optimization and Assessment on DG Adoption in Japanese Prototype Buildings." In International Symposium on Sustainable Development of the Asian City Environment (SDACE) 2005. Xi'an, China: LBNL, 2005. Download: PDF (136.17 KB)

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