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Douglas Gagne

Researcher III-Economic/Financial Analysis


Renewable energy project analyst with a robust understanding of solar photovoltaic project costs and financing mechanisms. Currently evaluates the transaction structures, valuation and technical characteristics of projects spanning most conventional renewable energy technologies. Also performs data-mining and analysis for a variety of solar photovoltaic and wind turbine cost benchmarking studies, with experience developing an OCR-based mining tool for automated data gathering. 

Research Interests

Microgrid development and finance


Renewable energy project development and finance on federal land


Master of Business Administration, University of Denver

B.A. International/Global Studies, French, University of Denver

Featured Work

Mexico's Regulatory Engagement in Bulk Electric Power System Planning: An Overview of U.S. Practices and Tools, NREL Technical Report (2016)

Large-Scale Power Production Potential on U.S. Department of Energy Lands, NREL Technical Report (2016)

Economic Competitiveness of U.S. Utility-Scale Photovoltaics Systems in 2015: Regional Cost Modeling of Installed Cost ($/W) and LCOE ($/kWh), Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE 42nd Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC), 14-19 June 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana

 Potential for Renewable Energy Development to Benefit Restoration of the Salton Sea: Analysis of Technical and Market Potential, NREL Technical Report (2015)