Edgar Virguez Rodriguez

I am a results-oriented researcher, constantly seeking paths to improve procedures, and ways of working in the energy application domain; focused on adding value through a better execution, while confronting potential problems or obstacles immediately and decisively.

Currently enrolled as a fourth year doctoral candidate at Duke University in the Environmental Sciences and Policy division of the Nicholas School of the Environment, I am developing analytical open-source tools that support the transition to a deeply-decarbonized electric power sector. Particularly, I am interested on contributing to the understanding of policies that facilitate the integration of variable energy resources (VER). For my research and academic contributions, I have been named a K. Patricia Cross Scholar, a Digital Education Bass Fellow, a Energy Doctoral Student Fellow, a Rodolfo Llinas Scholar and a Energy Data Analytics Fellow.

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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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