Edgar Virguez Rodriguez

After graduating with high distinction from a Master in Science in Environmental Engineering, a Bachelor in Science in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor in Science in Environmental Engineering (double major) from Universidad de los Andes (Top Ranked Latin American University – 5th according to THE8th according to QS), I worked with several institutions (e.g., Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable DevelopmentWorld BankInter-American Development Bank) promoting the adoption of cleaner fuels in transport and industry throughout Latin America.

During my professional experience, I had lead life cycle assessment studies, performed cost-benefit analysis of the integration of new fuels to energy markets, developed risk assessments of exposure to air pollutants and designed mitigation strategies for environmental issues. By setting ambitious personal and professional goals, I had been able to develop transferable skills that allow me to compose oral and written communications, adapt to multicultural environments, administer academic processes and coordinate the execution of multiple tasks.

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Current Research Interests

My overarching research goal is to design quantitative tools that would aid decision making in the electricity sector, supporting the process of assessing and proposing policy and market approaches that promote an increased penetration of VER in the energy matrix. This assessment will be performed based on the economic, reliability, and environmental dimensions of the electric power system, accounting for the benefits of reduced fuel use and emissions, and for the increased capital costs of renewables and the necessary re-dispatching of conventional generators.

As the nation’s generation fleet is currently evolving to allow a bigger participation of renewable resources, being able to produce tools seeking to estimate the expected benefits and costs of increased integration of wind and solar energy turn out to be indispensable. This becomes particularly relevant in regions where the current legislation provides incentives for the integration of renewable and where there is a limited capacity of integrating variable resources. The latter, derived from a high dependency in load base generation units with restricted ramping capability (e.g. nuclear reactors).

By implementing a holistic approach to analyze the energy systems, I attempt to produce robust tools that could be used in the energy market decision making process.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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