Dave Roberts' area of research and development focuses on high-penetration renewable energy, examining market-based solutions to absorb intermittent energy on the distribution grid. He is the executive sponsor for OSIsoft's projects in micrograms, industrial demand response and load shifting. Further he is responsible for OSIsoft’s "Data Infrastructure for Physical Infrastructures" approach to smart cities on a global basis.
Prior to being promoted to OSIsoft Fellow, as vice president for business development, Roberts managed OSIsoft's various vertical industries, including power, transmission & distribution, oil & gas, metals & mining, chemicals, pharmaceutical and other process industries. Roberts is also OSIsoft’s industry principle for renewable power generation, and participates in many industry thought leadership groups including American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) and most recently Sandia National Labs and the US Department of Energy. He remains very active in the renewable energy industry, and works on both private and public sector initiatives regarding high-penetration renewable energy scenarios.
Prior to joining OSIsoft, he worked for wind power developer, owner and operator, SeaWest WindPower. As the vice president project development for SeaWest, he was responsible for the development of hundreds of megawatts of wind farms in the western U.S. Following this role, Roberts became SeaWest’s senior vice president of strategy and planning, leading to the eventual sale of SeaWest to the AES Corporation in 2005.