Robert Fagan

Principal Associate

Robert Fagan

MA Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston University

BS Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University

Bob Fagan, a principal associate at Synapse Energy Economics, is a mechanical engineer and energy economics analyst who has analyzed energy industry issues for more than 25 years. His activities focus on many aspects of the electric power industry, in particular:

  • Economic and technical analysis of electric supply and delivery systems
  • Wholesale and retail electricity provision
  • Energy and capacity market structures
  • Renewable resource alternatives, including on-shore and off-shore wind and solar PV
  • Assessment and implementation of energy efficiency and demand response alternatives

Mr. Fagan is expert in the complexities of, and the interrelationships between, the technical and economic dimensions of the electric power industry in the United States and Canada. His areas of focus include: wholesale energy and capacity provision under market-based and regulated structures; transmission use pricing, encompassing congestion management, losses, LMP, and alternatives; financial and physical transmission rights; and transmission asset pricing (e.g., embedded cost recovery tariffs).

His experience includes in-depth knowledge of physical transmission network characteristics; related generation dispatch/system operation functions; technical and economic attributes of generation resources; RTO and ISO tariff and market rules structures and operation; and FERC regulatory policies and initiatives, including those pertaining to RTO and ISO development and evolution. Mr. Fagan is also expert in the assessment of technical and economic dimensions of wind and solar power integration into utility power systems, and in utility demand side management and demand response impacts on the power system.

Mr. Fagan holds an MA from Boston University in energy and environmental studies and a BS from Clarkson University in mechanical engineering. He has completed additional course work in wind integration, solar engineering, regulatory and legal aspects of electric power systems, building controls, cogeneration, lighting design, and mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Selected Recent Publications

Technical and Institutional Barriers to the Expansion of Wind and Solar Energy

Synapse Energy Economics for Citizen's Climate Lobby, 2015

Authors: Patrick Luckow, Bob Fagan, Spencer Fields, Melissa Whited

Testimony on Pacific Gas and Electric's Marginal Energy Costs and LOLE Allocation Among TOU Periods

Synapse Energy Economics on behalf of California Office of Ratepayer Advocates, May 2015

Witnesses: Bob Fagan, Patrick Luckow