Dr. Merwin Brown


Merwin Brown, Electric Grid Program Director for the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), manages a team of experts who are helping develop and commercialize new technologies for the modern electric grid needed to meet California’s aggressive energy-policy goals. The team develops, administers, and conducts R&D programs for reliable, safe, affordable, and environmentally sound transmission and distribution systems. California’s Public Interest Energy Research Transmission Program at the California Energy Commission largely funds this work.

Dr. Brown’s comprehensive knowledge of electric utilities and of new and emerging utility technologies is derived from 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 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.

Dr. Brown has extensive training and 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. He served 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.

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

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