REopt and Federal On-Site Clean Energy: Meeting Decarbonization and Resilience Goals  

Education Type: 
1.5 Hours
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This is the third of three trainings in the REopt series. REopt® is a techno-economic optimization platform that can be used to evaluate distributed energy resources (DERs) to support energy cost savings, resilience, and decarbonization goals. This training will dive deeper into REopt's decarbonization and resilience modeling capabilities and how federal agencies can use REopt to evaluate how DERs can support federal decarbonization and resilience goals.

REopt and Federal On-Site Clean Energy: Introduction to REopt
REopt and Federal On-Site Clean Energy: Site Data Requirements
REopt and Federal On-Site Clean Energy: Meeting Decarbonization and Resilience Goals


Kathleen Krah, Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)  

Kathleen Krah is a research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Her work centers around NREL's REopt tool, a techno-economic optimization tool for distributed energy systems. Kathleen leads techno-economic analysis projects to support domestic and international communities, government agencies, and other public- and private-sector organizations seeking to cost-optimally achieve their energy goals – including decarbonization, resilience, and cost-savings priorities. Additionally, she contributes to REopt tool development, with a focus on expanding emissions and renewable energy modeling capabilities, and now leads the REopt team at the program level. Kathleen holds an MEngSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering from University College Cork (Ireland) and a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize how REopt can be used to evaluate DERs towards Executive Order 14057 federal decarbonization targets;
  • Identify grid emissions rate types, data sources, and applicability (e.g., marginal vs. average emissions rates; EPA's eGRID, EPA's AVERT, and NREL's Cambium datasets);
  • Explain how onsite DERs can support site energy resilience; and
  • Use REopt to evaluate DERs for resilience and how to interpret and communicate REopt results, especially critical loads, outage survivability, and quantifying the costs and value of resilience to a site.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: