“New technology is a must for keeping the lights on and electricity prices in check for the 21st century. I feel an obligation to offer my decades of industry, laboratory and academic experience to provide technical, economic and institutional leadership in identifying, developing and deploying that technology.”
Merwin Brown, Electric Grid Research Co-Director, is a retired UC Berkeley annuitant member of a team of BECI experts who are helping develop and commercialize new technologies for the modern electric grid needed to meet the demands of the electric customer of the 21st Century. The team develops, administers, and conducts R&D programs for reliable, safe, affordable, and environmentally sound transmission and distribution systems. Merwin came to BECI in early 2015 from the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE) where he had managed its electric transmission research program since 2004.
Merwin’s comprehensive knowledge of electric utilities and of new and emerging utility technologies is derived from 45 years of experience with firms such as Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Arizona Public Service, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has managed private and public-interest technology R&D programs valued at up to $50 million per year with groups as large as 100 scientists and engineers. He has managed individual R&D projects as large as $20 million. Merwin has extensive training and experience in strategic business planning and has held advisory positions for many electricity industry organizations.
Merwin has served as an Arizona Solar Energy Commissioner, on the Board of the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy, and with groups from the Electric Power Research Institute and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. By invitation from the US Secretary of Energy, he recently began serving a 3rd two-year term on the congressionally-established Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) that advises the US Department of Energy (DOE). He serves as the chair of the EAC Energy Storage subcommittee, and also on the EAC Leadership Team that oversees such matters such as setting the EAC agendas, the EAC Smart Grid subcommittee, and most recently, the ad hoc EAC committee to review DOE’s rollout of the Grid Modernization Plan for R&D calls to national labs and the public.
He has numerous technical publications and presentations to his credit, and holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering from Kansas State University.
More about Merwin Brown:
Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, Kansas State University
Bachelor of Science, Nuclear Engineering, Kansas State University