Manager – Electric Infrastructure Research Program
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Carl Imhoff manages the Electric Infrastructure research program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL conducts fundamental and applied research as well as product development with the U.S. Department of Energy, other federal agencies, state governments, vendors, and energy firms. In this role he is responsible for PNNL’s research and development programs on innovations in the areas of advanced power transmission and distribution reliability concepts, demand response, integration concepts for distributed energy resources, all scales of clean energy supply, physical and cyber security of electric systems, policy and strategy for smart grid concepts, and cross-cutting grid analytic tools in visualization and high-performance computing.
In 2014, he selected by DOE as Laboratory Chair for the DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium. This Consortium integrates 13 of the U.S. DOE national laboratories in support of the DOE Grid Modernization Initiative charged to transform the U.S. power grid to meet the consumer, economic, environmental, and security priorities of the 21st century.
During his 30-plus years at PNNL, Imhoff has conducted and managed a broad range of energy research. His technical work emphasizes systems engineering and operations in the areas of power system reliability, smart grid, energy efficiency, energy storage and clean power generation. He has been involved in a number of electric power system organizations including the North American Synchrophasor Initiative, the GridWise Alliance, the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions, and the Western Electric Coordinating Council.