Mrs. Barbara O’Neill is the Grid Integration Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and a representative for the G-PST Consortium. She leads projects and engages stakeholders to provide information on renewable energy integration practices, policies, regulations, and technologies. She has worked in such places as Tunisia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Morocco, Chad, Kazakhstan, Guyana, Vietnam, Mexico, Peru, Mongolia, China, Uzbekistan, and Colombia. Before NREL, she was Director at EDF Renewable Energy, where her team developed utility-scale wind and solar projects. Previously, she worked at Xcel Energy in Resource Planning where she negotiated hundreds of megawatts of renewable energy power purchase agreements, performed integrated resource planning, and optimized dispatch models. Mrs. O’Neill holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Pratt Institute, an M.S. in energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Diplôme d’Ingénieur in petroleum economics and management from the Institut Français du Pétrole.

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I started at NREL in 2013 as the manager of the transmission grid integration group. I think NREL thought it would be good to bring in someone from the private sector. I had formerly worked at the wind/solar independent power producer, developer EDF-RE. Before that, I worked at Xcel, a large investor-owned utility. And before that I was in the consulting field – so I have worn quite a few different hats. My objective was to get NREL’s great research disseminated to the private sector and all related stakeholders with the aim of more renewable energy steel in the ground. I wanted to get these brilliant PhDs’ researc