Brian Hirsch

Brian Hirsch

Senior Project Leader - Alaska
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Dr. Brian Hirsch is the Senior Project Leader for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Alaska Initiative. NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy\\\'s national laboratory focused exclusively on renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. Serving in this position since early 2009, Dr. Hirsch leads project development teams to advance efficiency and renewable energy technologies in numerous remote communities throughout Alaska under the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) program, chairs the Alaska Emerging Energy Technology Fund Advisory Committee, is on the Steering Committee for the Alaska Wood Energy Development Task Group, assessed Alaska’s stranded renewable energy resources, and participated in the Fire Island Wind Project. Previously, Dr. Hirsch led the installation of the first in-stream hydrokinetic turbine in the US for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, a coalition of 70 Tribes and First Nations in Alaska and Canada. He was previously owner and President of Deerstone Consulting, a renewable energy consulting firm working in rural Alaska and Canada, and for over a decade he was the Executive Director and co-founder of Earth Energy Systems, a non-profit organization assisting and educating indigenous communities throughout North and Central America to install wind turbines and solar electric systems. Dr. Hirsch was an elected Board member of Homer Electric Association, a rural electric cooperative serving 20,000 rate payers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. He received a Masters certification in Energy Analysis and Policy and a Doctorate in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focusing on energy issues in northern regions of the world and a BS in Government/Political Science with a concentration in electrical engineering from Cornell University.