Kate Anderson

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Kate Anderson is the chief of staff for Energy Systems Integration at NREL. In this role, Anderson supports operations and strategic planning activities focused on power systems, energy security and resilience, systems analysis, and decision science. She coordinates energy justice activities across NREL, developing strategies to embed equity in all phases of NREL's work from research through deployment.

Prior to this role, Anderson was a senior engineer and manager of the NREL Modeling and Analysis Group for 13 years. Her team developed tools and provided techno-economic modeling and analysis to support energy deployment decisions for federal, state, and local governments, tribes, universities, and industry partners. Anderson served as the program lead for the development of NREL's REopt model, employed by over 50,000 users to evaluate cost-optimal selection and sizing of energy systems and inform clean energy deployment worldwide. She also led research on quantifying the value of resilience and incorporating this value into investment decisions.

During her time at NREL, Anderson's work led to two software records for REopt and REopt Lite. In 2019, she was an R&D 100 Award nominee for REopt Lite, and in 2021, she was recognized by the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative with the Social, Economic, and Policy Innovation Award.

Prior to joining NREL, Anderson launched satellites as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. She has a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from MIT, a Master of Business Administration in management of technology from the University of New Mexico, a Master of Science in renewable energy science and technology from Loughborough University, and a doctorate in advanced energy systems from Colorado School of Mines.

Research Interests

Energy equity and justice

Energy optimization

Techno-economic modeling

Value of resilience

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Advanced Energy Systems, Colorado School of Mines

Master, Renewable Energy Systems Technology, Loughborough University

Bachelor, Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Master, Technology Management, University of New Mexico


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