My overarching research goal is to design analytic tools that support the transition to a deeply decarbonized electric power sector, particularly by assessing and studying policy approaches resulting into an increased penetration of variable energy resources (VER). My dissertation chapters aim to:
- Quantify the impact of collocated utility-scale photovoltaics and lithium-ion batteries in the decarbonization of the electric power sector
- Examine the trade-offs of different siting choices of utility-scale photovoltaic power plants
- Analyze the complementarity between photovoltaic power plants and hydroelectric dams
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 solar energy turn out to be indispensable. By implementing a holistic approach to analyze the energy systems, I attempt to produce robust tools that could be used in the electric power sector decision-making process.