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Francisco Flores-Espino

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Francisco Flores-Espino is a member of the Market and Policy Impact Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Energy Analyst
On staff since July 2013
Phone number: 303-384-7385
E-mail: Francisco.Flores@nrel.gov

Areas of expertise

  • Electric power market analysis
  • State and federal energy policy and regulation
  • Project-level financial analysis and modeling

Primary research interests

  • Economic impacts of renewable energy deployment
  • Policy influence on energy markets

Education and background training

  • M.S. in energy and management, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, 2013
  • B.S. in electrical engineering, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), Mexico City, Mexico, 1999.

Prior work experience

  • Graduate research partner, NREL (2013)
  • Renewable energy program manager, Colorado Energy Office, Denver, Colorado (2009-2012)
  • Project manager, International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology, Lakewood, Colorado (2008-2009)

Selected publications

Flores-Espino, Francisco. 2015. Compensation for Distributed Solar: A Survey of Options to Preserve Stakeholder Value. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-62371.

Barbose, Galen, Lori Bird, Jenny Heeter, Francisco Flores-Espino, and Ryan H. Wiser. 2015. "Costs and Benefits of Renewables Portfolio Standards in the United States." doi:10.1016/j.rser.2015.07.175. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 52 (December 2015): 523-33. NREL/JA-6A20-65087.

Heeter, J., P. Beiter, F. Flores, D. Hurlbut, and C. Liu. 2015. "Quantifying the Level of Cross-State Renewable Energy Transactions." Presented by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO, September 2015.

Tegen, S., D. Keyser, F. Flores-Espino, J. Miles, D. Zammit, and D. Loomis. 2015. Offshore Wind Jobs and Economic Development Impacts in the United States: Four Regional Scenarios. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-5000-61315.

Turchi, Craig, Parthiv Kurup, Sertac Akar, and Francisco Flores. 2015. Domestic Material Content in Molten-Salt Concentrating Solar Power Plants. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-5500-64429.

Barbose, G., J. Heeter, L. Bird, S. Weaver, F. Flores-Espino, and R. Wiser. 2014. "Costs and Benefits of Renewables Portfolio Standards in the United States." Prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (US) and presented the 37th IAEE International Conference, June 2014, New York, New York.

Flores, F., D. Keyser, and S. Tegen. 2014. "Potential Economic Impacts from Offshore Wind in the Gulf of Mexico Region." Economic Impacts of Offshore Wind. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE).

Heeter, J., G. Barbose, L. Bird, S. Weaver, F. Flores-Espino, K. Kuskova-Burns, and R. Wiser. 2014. Survey of State-Level Cost and Benefit Estimates of Renewable Portfolio Standards. NREL/TP-6A20-61042. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Tegen, S., D. Keyser, F. Flores-Espino, and R. Hauser. 2014. Economic Impacts from Indiana's First 1,000 Megawatts of Wind Power. NREL/TP-5000-60914. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Full list of Francisco Flores-Espino publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

Bicycling, meditation, photography.