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Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, Senior Research Analyst

Roberto Rodriguez Labastida

Roberto Rodriguez Labastida is a senior research analyst with Navigant Research, contributing to the Utility Transormations program. He leads the DER Strategies research service and has more than 10 years of experience as a strategy and economics consultant in the energy sector.

Rodriguez Labastida’s extensive experience includes leading consultancy projects for top banks, private equity, project developers, oil companies, utilities, and industrial players on investment strategy, asset valuations, market research, and technology deployment. Prior to joining Navigant Research, he spent eight years with Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Fluent in Spanish and English, Rodriguez Labastida holds a BS in electrical engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and an MSc in technology management from the University Of Surrey (UK).

Recent Reports

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  • Global DER Deployment Forecast Database

    Distributed Renewables, Fuel Cells, Generator Sets, Energy Storage, Microgrids, EV Charging, Demand Response, and Energy Efficiency:

    During the last few years, the consolidation of distributed energy resources (DER) has represented a significant component of the energy market. Initially, DER was used at the fringe of the market, where conventional power was difficult and expensive to provide. However, technology advances, business model innovation, changing regu...

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  • Demand Response for Renewables Integration

    DRRI Market Drivers and Barriers, Case Studies, and Global Market Forecasts

    Small amounts of intermittent renewable generation like solar and wind power have almost no measurable effect on overall system stability. Yet, anticipating the degree to which generation goes up and down rapidly—called ramp events—is critical to supporting grid stability in a cost-effective manner when penetration exceeds 10%-1...

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  • UK Smart Cities Index 2017

    Assessment of Strategy and Execution for the UK’s Leading Smart Cities

    Since the last UK Smart Cities Index report was published in 2016, a series of global and local political changes have been reshaping the political and economic landscape in ways yet to be clear. This has only increased the focus on the role cities play in addressing some of the biggest challenges facing the UK. In parallel, the mom...

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  • Navigant Research Leaderboard: Residential Solar Monitoring and HEMS

    Assessment of Strategy and Execution

    Residential solar monitoring has been part of installations since the turn of the century, when residential installations became a reality. Initially, monitoring systems were used mostly as a presentation tool that allowed installers and end users to display how a system operates but had little built-in intelligence. Today, monitori...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • Is DER Taking Off in China?

    November 7, 2017

    Last month, the Chinese Photovoltaic Industry Association announced that the country had installed a whopping 24.4 GW of new capacity in the first half of 2017. That China broke its previous year’s record once again makes the announcement news in itself. What is interesting, however, is not the final figure, but how China reached ...

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  • It’s a Tie! The USITC Announces Its Section 201 Solar Trade Case Recommendations

    November 3, 2017

    On October 31, 2017, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) announced the remedy recommendations that it will forward to President Trump. As we have discussed in previous blogs (here and here), this case has been shaping the future of the US solar industry. Impacts have been felt around the world since May 2017, when Suniva a...

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  • Sunrun: The Large Solar Provider Dilemma

    September 19, 2017

    On August 24, Sunrun—the last of the large independent US solar providers—announced an agreement with Comcast, a leading cable provider in the country. The two companies plan to launch a strategic partnership to offer Sunrun’s services to Comcast’s clients. Sunrun was founded in 2007 and found success innovating new ways to ...

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  • Can Solar Make an Impact on the Transportation Market? Part 2

    September 5, 2017

    After a few conversations with Scott Shepard about PV systems in EVs, I began to come around to his view that solar is too expensive and the roof space too limited to make a solar-equipped EV work at the mass market scale. But then I read about another PV in transport project that made economic sense: Indian Railways’ newly launch...

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Recent Press Releases

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