Dr. William R. Morrow, III is a Research Scientist in the Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). William’s research interest is how to reconcile environmental goals with social demands for energy services and sustainable economic development. His research focuses on evaluating large-scale energy infrastructures and systems such as the electric grid, residential, commercial, and transportation fuels, bioenergy pathways, and industrial energy efficiency – this includes techno-economic and life-cycle analysis, as well as systems modeling & forecasting methods.
Prior to joining LBNL, he was a Senior Consultant at Energy and Environmental Economics (E3) in San Francisco from 2007 to 2010. At E3, he performed analysis on energy related projects such as greenhouse gas emissions reductions pathways for California and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), renewable electricity and long-distance transmission line development in California, British Columbia, and the WECC, energy efficiency and demand side management policies, and residential and commercial electricity rate designs that encourage energy conservation for a major Canadian electric utility.
Prior to joining E3, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, where he built a linear programming model to estimate spatially and temporally detailed effects on carbon emissions and petroleum demands associated with large-scale biomass feedstock supply scenarios. This research was a continuation of his Ph.D. research at Carnegie Mellon University exploring the infrastructure and economic implications of large-scale biomass energy use in both the transportation and electricity sectors. His experience as a researcher is built upon eight years of experience as a mechanical engineer, designing large industrial plants and processes such as power plants, paper mills, and pharmaceutical plants.
William holds a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He is registered Professional Engineer (ME, thermal fluid systems) in Pennsylvania and Missouri.