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Ben Sigrin

Researcher IV-Model Engineering


Ben Sigrin is a member of the Distributed Systems and Storage Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Areas of Expertise

Financial modeling and analysis

Risk and uncertainty modeling

Distributed photovoltaics and consumer decision-making

Research Interests

Consumer decision-making in the adoption of novel technologies

Capacity expansion modeling of the electric sector


M.S./M.P.Aff, Energy and Earth Resources/Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, 2010–2013

B.A., Physics, Grinnell College, 2002–2006

Prior Work Experience

Research Assistant, University of Texas - Energy Systems Transformation Group, Austin, TX  (2010–2013)

Graduate Intern, U.S. DOE (EERE), Washington, D.C. (2011)

Volunteer, Peace Corps, Namibia (2006–2009)

Other Affiliations

Member, U.S. Association of Energy Economics

Featured Publications

Barbose, Galen, John Miller, Ben Sigrin, Emerson Reiter, Karlynn Cory, Joyce McLaren, Joachim Seel, Andrew Mills, Naïm Darghouth, and Andrew Satchwell. 2016. On the Path to SunShot: Utility Regulatory and Business Model Reforms for Addressing the Financial Impacts of Distributed Solar on Utilities. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-65670.

Gagnon, Pieter and B. Sigrin. 2016. Distributed PV Adoption: Sensitivity to Market Factors. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PR-6A20-65984.

Sigrin, B., M. Gleason, R. Preus, I. Baring-Gould, and R. Margolis. 2016. The Distributed Generation Market Demand Model (dGen): Documentation. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-65231.

Cole, Wesley, H. Lewis, B. Sigrin, and R. Margolis. 2016. "Interactions of rooftop PV deployment with the capacity expansion of the bulk power system." Applied Energy 168 (April) 473-81. 

Mai, Trieu, W. Cole, E. Lantz, C. Marcy, and  B. Sigrin. 2016. Impacts of Federal Tax Credit Extensions on Renewable Deployment and Power Sector Emissions. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-65571.

Sigrin, B., J. Pless, and E. Drury. 2015. "Diffusion into new markets: evolving customer segments in the solar photovoltaics market." Environ. Res. Lett., 10, no. 8 (August).

Sigrin, B. and E. Drury. 2014. "Diffusion into New Markets: Economic Returns Required by Households to Adopt Rooftop Photovoltaics." Paper presented at 2014 AAAI Fall Symposium: Energy Markets and Prediction, Washington, D.C., November.

Sigrin, B., P. Sullivan, E. Ibanez, and R. Margolis. 2014. Representation of Solar Capacity Value in the ReEDS Capacity Expansion Model. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-61182.

Rai, V. and B. Sigrin. 2013. "Diffusion of environmentally-friendly energy technologies: buy versus lease differences in residential PV markets." Environ. Res. Lett., 8, no. 1, 014022 (March). 

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