About the Alliance

Alliance Concept for NREL

Battelle and MRIGlobal formed Alliance solely to be NREL’s management and operating (M&O) contractor. Alliance, which is equally owned and governed by Battelle and MRIGlobal, is fully accountable to DOE for NREL’s performance under the new contract. The Battelle-MRIGlobal team has a history of successfully working together and takes pride in NREL’s long association with DOE.

A prime goal of Alliance is to ensure that NREL becomes the catalyst for the creation of a renewable energy epicenter. Initially, it will be centered at the Laboratory, but will eventually expand to help bring about global adoption of clean energy. Alliance wants to create an opportunity for NREL to become the focal point for renewable energy—a "Silicon Valley for renewables."

Alliance will accomplish this through:

  • Strengthening NREL's scientific, technical and analytical foundations by adding talent and connecting the Laboratory to the nation's research engine at leading universities and laboratories.
  • Creating a Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis in partnership with MIT, Stanford and the Colorado research universities. This will provide credible and objective technology, market and policy insights that will inform R&D, commercialization, policy and market decisions to accelerate the impact of our portfolio on national energy goals.
  • Introducing new people, systems and approaches for commercialization and deployment to move innovations rapidly from concept to customer.
  • Building a "Campus of the Future" that leverages our partnerships and showcases sustainable energy on and near the NREL site.
  • Creating a safe and supportive work environment for this vibrant, innovative and entrepreneurial Laboratory that will attract and retain the best talent from around the world.

Alliance Governance

NREL will be governed by a Board of Directors consisting of five executives each from MRIGlobal and Battelle, and one each from the following five universities: the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford.

Alliance Leadership

Dr. Dan Arvizu

Dr. Dan Arvizu, president of the Alliance, serves as NREL's laboratory director. He has led NREL under MRIGlobal’s management for eight years. During that time, he has begun the transformation of the laboratory by reorganizing and strengthening high-risk science, developed a 10-year campus buildout plan to accommodate $200 million of capital improvements aligned with the science, technology, and laboratory support mission, and hired nearly 300 new staff.

Mr. Ken Powers

Mr. Ken Powers is NREL’s Deputy Laboratory Director and Chief Operating Officer. He served most recently as Associate Administrator for Management and Budget at DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) where he was responsible for administrative operations supporting 33,000 employees nationwide. Powers served as Associate Administrator for Infrastructure and Environment at NNSA, managing a $500 million annual budget for environmental management, project management and nuclear material integration programs. Previously he directed project management and procurement activities for NNSA’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM), including the planned $20 billion Yucca Mountain Repository. He also served as the Deputy Manager of DOE’s Nevada Operations Office, managing the $500 million annual budget for the operations and maintenance of the Nevada Test Site.

Dr. Dana C. Christensen

Dr. Christensen is NREL's Deputy Laboratory Director for Science & Technology. His depth and breadth of energy science and management experience is of great value as NREL accelerates its efforts to develop important new clean energy solutions to benefit the nation. He came to NREL in October 2010 from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he maintained responsibility for more than $350M of programs for a variety of government and industrial sponsors in all dimensions of energy science and technology including energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Ms. Bobi Garrett

Ms. Bobi Garrett is NREL’s Deputy Laboratory Director for Strategic Programs and Partnerships. Ms. Garrett combines broad experience in energy research management, energy analysis, and strategic planning with a deep understanding of DOE’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and NREL. During her 13-year tenure at NREL she has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to build or renew major organizations and programs.



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