Dr. Aaron K. Townsend

  • Webber Energy Group (2009 – 2013)
  • Current: Energy Systems Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Aaron’s research focuses on electricity grid modeling, integration of intermittent sources such as wind and solar, and tools for planning future generation fleets under greenhouse gas emissions limits.  Aaron has considered non-traditional generation technologies such as waste-to-energy and evaluated the economics of energy storage technologies in the zonal ERCOT market.  Aaron’s current research goal is to evaluate and potentially improve the accuracy of capacity-planning methods currently used in models that attempt to predict energy prices with large amounts of intermittent generation sources.

Research Topics

Electricity Grid Modeling and Integration of Intermittent Generators