Merwin Brown, PhD

Co-Director Electric Grid Research, California Institute for Energy and Environment, University of California

Dr. Merwin Brown, Electric Grid Research Program Co-Director for the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), manages a team helping to develop and commercialize technologies for the modern electric grid for California’s aggressive energy-policy goals. The team develops, administers, and conducts technology R&D programs for reliable, safe, affordable, and environmentally sound transmission and distribution systems. The California Energy Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy largely funds this work.

Dr. Brown’s knowledge of electric utilities and new technologies results from over 40 years of experience with firms such as Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Arizona Public Service, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has managed R&D programs of $50 million per year with groups as large as 100 scientists and engineers, and R&D projects as large as $20 million.

Dr. Brown has experience in strategic business planning and provides leadership among stakeholders, researchers, and funding agencies. He has served in advisory positions for many electricity industry organizations, including as an Arizona Solar Energy Commissioner, on the Board of the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy, and as advisor to the Electric Power Research Institute. Member of DOE Electricity Advisory Committee.

Dr. Brown has numerous technical publications and presentations, and holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering from Kansas State University.

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