Thursday, February 4 2021
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Operations Research Seminar
Rocky Mountain INFORMS Chapter Meeting: Adapting Optimization Models to Better Inform Energy Planning Decisions

The Rocky Mountain chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) is pleased to host Kate Anderson, who leads the Modeling and Analysis Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Kate is the program lead for the development of NREL’s REopt model, used to evaluate cost-optimal selection and sizing of behind-the-meter energy assets for grid-connected and off-grid energy systems. Kate also leads research on quantifying the value of resilience and incorporating this value into investment decisions. She supports NREL partners in identifying cost-effective approaches to meeting energy and resilience goals and increasing deployment of clean-energy systems. Kate has a B.S. in aerospace engineering from MIT, an M.S. in Renewable Energy Science and Technology from Loughborough University, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Advanced Energy Systems at Colorado School of Mines. Prior to joining NREL, Kate launched satellites as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.

Title: Adapting Optimization Models to Better Inform Energy Planning Decisions

Abstract: This presentation provides an overview of NREL’s Renewable Energy Integration and Optimization (REopt) model, and recent work to adapt the model to better inform energy decisions. We discuss how partners are us- ing the model, potential ways to increase the effectiveness of the model in leading to renewable energy implementation, and work to adapt the model to provide multiple alternate solutions and co-optimize among multiple objectives.
Speaker:Kate Anderson
Affiliation:National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Location:ZOOM (email Stephen.billups@ucdenver.edu for Zoom details)


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