Will McNamara


Will McNamara

Policy Analyst

Contact Information

Will McNamara / (505) 206-7156


Will McNamara serves as Grid Energy Storage Policy Analyst for Sandia National Laboratories with a focus on energy storage policy development at the federal and state levels. Will has spent his entire 23-year career in the energy and utilities industry with a concentration on regulatory and legislative policy. He has served as a lobbyist in California and has represented major utilities across the U.S. in numerous jurisdictions in proceedings pertaining to integrated resource planning, procurement, cost recovery, rate design, and the development of policymaking best practices. Will’s areas of subject matter expertise, in addition to energy storage policy, include distributed energy resources, AMI/smart grid, renewables, and competitive retail markets.

Research Interests

Policy barriers and opportunities specific to energy storage

FTM and BTM energy storage applications

Integrated resource planning for 100% renewable grid

Cost recovery for utility investments

Energy storage pilot planning and stakeholder engagement


PMP Certification, 2012

M.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2002

M.A. in Mass Communications, University of Iowa, 1992

B.A. in Political Science and Journalism, University of Iowa, 1990

Key Publications

“Energy Storage Policy Workshop,” Prepared for the Nevada Public Service Commission, January 2020.

“Energy Storage Procurement Mandates,” Prepared for the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission, January 2020.

“Energy Storage Policy Workshop,” Prepared for the Maryland Public Service Commission, February 2020.

“Regulatory Consideration of Energy Storage Ownership Models,” Prepared for the Maryland Public Service Commission, March 2020.

“Role of Energy Storage in Integrated Resource Planning,” Prepared for the Center for Advanced Power Engineering Research (CAPER) Spring 2020 Meeting “U.S. Policy Trends Affecting Energy Storage,” Prepared for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) professional association educational database, March 2020.