Douglas Arent

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program

Doug Arent is the deputy associate laboratory director for the Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis Directorate at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), as well as a senior associate (non-resident) with the CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program. Previously, he was director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis at NREL. He specializes in strategic planning and financial analysis, clean energy technologies, energy and water issues, and international and governmental policies. From 2006 to 2010, he was director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL. In addition to his NREL responsibilities, he is an author and expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Renewable Energy and a member of the U.S. government review panel for the IPCC reports on climate change. Prior to joining NREL, he was a management consultant to clean energy companies, providing strategy, development, and market counsel. Previous positions include: director of strategic marketing and business development at Network Photonics; director of media gateway products and strategic planning manager at Lucent Technologies (now Avaya); and vice president of business development for Amonix Inc.

In 2008, Arent was appointed to serve on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change. He is also on the Executive Council of the U.S. Association of Energy Economists, the Keystone Energy Board, and the Advisory Board of E+Co. In addition, he serves on the Chancellor’s Committee on Energy, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of Colorado, and he was chair of the Quantitative Work Group in support of the Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Council of the Western Governors’ Association. He has a Ph.D. from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from Regis University, and a B.S. from Harvey Mudd College in California.