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Dr. Shavel is an energy economist with over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, specializing in the economics and operations of the U.S. electric power system, generation and transmission investment, and environmental strategy.

He has performed work for a wide range of clients, including generation and transmission companies, natural gas pipelines, marketers, developers, industry research groups, and as federal agencies.

Dr. Shavel has broad experience developing models of North American power systems, including the Integrated Planning Model by ICF International. He has also directed significant assignments for major electric utilities, independent transmission companies, RTOs, independent power producers and private equity on matters such as coal plant retirements, fuel price forecasting, the benefits of new transmission lines and power plant valuation.

Dr. Shavel has testified before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state regulatory agencies, and the Ontario Energy Board.

Prior to joining Brattle, Dr. Shavel was a Vice President at Charles River Associates (CRA). While at CRA, he led the development of the National Energy and Environment Model (NEEM) and contributed to its integration with the Multi-Region National Macroeconomic Model.

Testimony
Expert witness regarding the Michigan/Ontario Phase Angle Regulators at the FERC. In Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc., FERC Docket No. ER11-1844
July 16, 2012
Expert witness regarding the Independent Electricity System Operator of Ontario's export tariff. In the matter of a review of an application filed by Hydro One Networks Inc. for an order or orders approving a transmission revenue requirement and rates and other charges for the transmission of electricity for 2013 and 2014, EB-2012-0031
Expert witness regarding NSTAR Electric Company's petition to construct a transmission line in Massachusetts. Before the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board and Department of Public Utilities on behalf of GENON Canal, LLC, EFSB 10-2/D.P.U. 10-131/D.P.U. 10-132
Publications
Report
Defining Reliability for a New Grid: Maintaining Reliability and Resilience through Competitive Markets
May 3, 2018
Prepared for the American Petroleum Institute (API)
Article
The Future of the U.S. Coal Generation Fleet
November 30, 2017
Excerpt from the Fall 2017 newsletter for the ABA Antitrust Section, Transportation and Energy Industries Committee

The article analyzes the decline in coal-generated electricity in North America and discusses the implication of a recently proposed U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) rule that could shield certain coal and nuclear plants from competitive market forces.

Report
Evaluation of the DOE's Proposed Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule
October 26, 2017
Prepared for NextEra Energy, Inc.

Brattle principals authored a report that supported comments a diverse coalition of energy companies submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in response to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (DOE NOPR).

Presentation
DERs and Electricity Rates in Ontario
May 29, 2017
Presented at The Mowat Centre Conference on Emerging Energy Trends
Report
Diversity of Reliability Attributes: A Key Component of the Modern Grid
May 17, 2017
Prepared for the American Petroleum Institute
The report outlines the key reliability challenges and defines the attributes in which electric grid operators should focus on in order to maintain and strengthen system reliability.
Report
Valuation of Electric Power System Services and Technologies
August 2016
Prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
Report
Review of the Renewable Denton Plan: Final Report
June 10, 2016
Prepared for City Manager George Campbell, City of Denton, Texas
Presentation
Exploring Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT, Part IV: The Future of Clean Energy in ERCOT
May 23, 2016
Ira H. Shavel, Yingxia Yang, Roger Lueken, Andrew O’Brien, and Colin McIntyre
Prepared for The Texas Clean Energy Coalition
Report
The Clean Power Plan: Focus on Implementation and Compliance
January 2016
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Presentation
Coal Plant Retirements and Power Markets
October 2015
Prepared for the American Public Power Association Legal Seminar, Key West, Florida
Report
Electricity Baseline Report for the US Power System
April 2015
Prepared for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Report
Policy Brief - EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan: Implications for States and the Electric Industry
June 2014
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Report
Exploring Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT, Part III: The Role of Demand Response, Energy Efficiency, and Combined Heat & Power
May 29, 2014
Prepared for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC)
Report
Exploring Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT Part II: Future Generation Scenarios for Texas
December 10, 2013
Prepared for The Texas Clean Energy Coalition
Presentation
EPA Electric Sector Policies, Natural Gas Prices, and Electricity Prices
November 2012
Ira H. Shavel, B. Gibbs, and Y. Yang
Presented at the 31st USAEE/IAEE North American Conference Proceedings
Article
Examining CAIR, CSAPR, Eastern SO2 and NOx Emissions
November 2012
Ira H. Shavel, B. Gibbs, and J. Zahniser-Word
Published in Power Engineering
Report
The Reliability Implications of EPA's Proposed Transport Rule and Forthcoming Utility MACT
November 2010
Published by Charles River Associates
Presentation
A Consistent Framework for Measuring Extra High Voltage Transmission Benefits and Costs
June 10, 2010
Ira H. Shavel, B. Gibbs, and R. Luciani
Presented at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Technical Conference on Planning Models and Software, Washington, DC
Report
Economic Analysis of California Climate Initiatives: An Integrated Approach
2007
Ira H. Shavel, P. Bernstein, D. Montgomery, T. Rutherford, A. Smith, and S. Tuladhar
Published by Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
News & Events
November 30, 2017
Brattle Economists Discuss the Future of U.S. Coal Generation Fleet in ABA Article

Brattle Principals Metin Celebi, Marc Chupka, Dean Murphy, Sam Newell, and Ira Shavel recently co-authored an article that analyzes the decline in coal-generated electricity in North America and discusses the implication of a recently-proposed U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) rule that could shield certain coal and nuclear plants from competitive market forces.

October 26, 2017
Brattle Economists' Analysis of DOE's Proposed Rule on Grid Resilience Shows High Costs with Few Benefits

Brattle Principals Metin Celebi, Judy Chang, Marc Chupka, Sam Newell, and Ira Shavel authored a report that supported comments a diverse coalition of energy companies submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in response to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (DOE NOPR).

June 27, 2017
Brattle Economists Identify Key Attributes for Ensuring Electric Grid Reliability with Increased Variable Energy

A report by Brattle economists outlines the key reliability challenges and defines the attributes in which electric grid operators should focus on in order to maintain and strengthen system reliability.

May 29, 2017
Ira Shavel to Present on Ratemaking and Distributed Energy Resources at Mowat Center Conference

Brattle Principal Ira Shavel will present at the Mowat Center’s Emerging Energy Trends Conference, taking place May 29, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.

May 23, 2016
Market Forces Primary Driver of Transition in the ERCOT Grid, According to Report by Brattle Economists

A new report authored by Brattle economists finds that over the next 20 years, the price of natural gas is the primary driver for The Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ (ERCOT) transition to a clean energy future.

February 11, 2016
Ira Shavel to Present at Resources for the Future and Electric Power Research Institute Seminar

Brattle Principal Ira Shavel will present at the upcoming Resources for the Future (RFF) and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Seminar, “The Impact of the Clean Power Plan: Modeling for Strategic Insights,” taking place February 11, 2016 in Washington, D.C and through webcast.

January 06, 2016
Policy Brief by Brattle Economists Examines Compliance and Implementation Options Under EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Economists at The Brattle Group issued a policy brief that examines the compliance and implementation challenges facing states and utilities under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed CO2 emissions standards for existing fossil units under the Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 111(d), known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

August 12, 2015
Ira Shavel to Present at Wärtsilä’s 10th Annual Flexible Power Symposium

Brattle principal Ira Shavel will present at the upcoming Wärtsilä’s Flexible Power Annual Symposium, taking place on August 11-13, 2015 in Portland, OR.

August 21, 2014
Testimony by Principal Bob Mudge Key to Ameren Win in $500 Million Rate Dispute Before Missouri Public Service Commission

Testimony provided by Brattle principal Bob Mudge underpinned key criteria cited by the Missouri Public Service Commission in a unanimous ruling against Ameren’s largest customer, Noranda Aluminum, Inc.

June 18, 2014
Policy Brief by Brattle Economists Provides Insights into EPA’s Proposed Carbon Emission Standards for Existing Fossil Units

Brattle economists issued a policy brief that examines the primary features and implications of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed CO2 emissions standards for existing fossil units under the Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 111(d).

June 02, 2014
Brattle Economists Revisit Findings on Potential Effects of Carbon Emissions Rulemakings Ahead of EPA's Clean Air Act

In anticipation of the EPA's proposed guidelines under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, The Brattle Group has released a compendium of prior studies examining the effects of a potential carbon emissions rulemaking.

May 29, 2014
Report Authored by Brattle Consultants Expands on Previous Work in Analyzing Relationship Between Natural Gas and Renewables in Texas Electricity Market

Brattle consultants released a new report for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition to show how renewable and natural gas-fired electricity sources would develop in the next two decades, and how this development would depend on gas prices, the existence of a capacity mechanism in ERCOT, national carbon policies, and other key market drivers.