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Ben Sigrin

Researcher IV-Model Engineering

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Ben Sigrin is a member of the Distributed Systems and Storage Group within the Integrated Applications Center at NREL. He leads the team behind NREL’s open source Distributed Generation Market Demand (dGen) model. Sigrin is also currently a Department of Energy Fellow to the Justice40 Initiative—a plan to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of climate investments to disadvantaged communities and inform equitable research, development, and deployment.

Ben is knowledageble in distributed energy resources, consumer behavior and adoption of new technologies, financial modeling and statistical analysis, risk and uncertainty modeling, and agent-based modeling of electricity markets.  

Research Interests

Consumer decision-making in the adoption of novel technologies 

Energy equity and justice 

Capacity expansion modeling of the electric sector 


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

B.A., Physics, Grinnell College

Professional 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) 

Associations and Memberships

Member, U.S. Association of Energy Economics

Featured Work

The Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study (LA100)NREL Technical Report (2021)

Distributed Solar Adoption in Orlando: A Household-Level Model for Distribution Resource Planning, NREL Technical Report (2021)

Rooftop Solar Technical Potential for Low-to-Moderate Income Households in the United States, NREL Technical Report (2018)

Accelerating Demand for Residential Solar Photovoltaics: Can Simple Framing Strategies Increase Consumer Interest?, Global Environmental Change (2018)

Forecasting Residential Solar Photovoltaic Deployment in California, Technological Forecasting and Social Change (2017)

The Distributed Generation Market Demand Model (dGen): Documentation, NREL Technical Report (2016)

Impacts of Federal Tax Credit Extensions on Renewable Deployment and Power Sector Emissions, NREL Technical Report (2016)

Diffusion into New Markets: Evolving Customer Segments in the Solar Photovoltaics Market, Environmental Research Letters (2015)

Diffusion of Environmentally-Friendly Energy Technologies: Buy Versus Lease Differences in Residential PV MarketsEnvironmental Research Letters (2013)

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