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Ryan Wiser

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Ryan Wiser is a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He leads and conducts research in the planning, design, and evaluation of renewable energy policies, and on the costs, benefits, and market potential of renewable electricity sources. Dr. Wiser's recent analytic work has included studies on the economics of wind and solar power; the treatment of low-carbon supply options in utility resource planning; the impacts of higher penetrations of renewable energy on the electricity sector; the design of renewables portfolio standards; the risk mitigation value of renewable electricity; policy design for solar power; and customer surveys of willingness to pay for renewable energy. Through his work at Berkeley Lab, Dr. Wiser has become a well-known expert on the development and design of renewable energy policies. He regularly advises state and federal agencies on renewable energy matters; is an advisor to the Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program; is on the Corporate Advisory Board of Mineral Acquisition Partners; and serves on numerous other advisory boards. He has been a consultant to the California Energy Commission, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the International Energy Agency, the World Bank, the Energy Foundation, the Center for Resource Solutions, and several private companies. Dr. Wiser has published over 250 journal articles and research reports. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

Recent Comments by Ryan Wiser

  • " Though net metering has played an important role in jump-starting the PV market in the U.S., alternative compensation methods are under consi"
    Discussion Catalyst: Solar
  • " We are pleased to announce that Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory today released a new report: “The Impact of Wind Power Projects on Resi"
    Discussion Catalyst: Wind
  • "This is of course true. Generation sources all have different characteristics. Some are easier to handle from a power supply/load bala"
    Discussion Catalyst: Wind
  • "Agreed, but capacity is what most folks are used to seeing, so we report data in capacity terms AS WELL AS energy terms. The report co"
    Discussion Catalyst: Wind
  • "The DOE report estimated transmission costs associated with 20 percent wind of $60 billion nominal, $20 billion on a discounted basis."
    Discussion Catalyst: Wind
  • " On August 4, 2010 the U.S. Department of Energy released its “2009 Wind Technologies Market Report.” This report, authored primarily by Ryan "
    Discussion Catalyst: Wind
  • " Bottom line conclusion to get out there: Renewables need transmission, but transmission costs are relatively modest and can be reduced furthe"
    Discussion Catalyst: Electrical Transmission