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Mr. John Tsoukalis is a senior associate at The Brattle Group with educational training in economics and experience in electricity sector economics and regulation.

He has experience helping utilities with strategic planning initiatives on a broad range of topics, including integrating and evaluating emerging technologies and utility services; transmission development; participation in regional wholesale power markets; and assessing the regulatory and market risks associated with certain strategy bidding behaviors. His work experience includes performing a nodal production cost simulation of a regional wholesale power market, evaluating generation and transmission assets, developing strategic plans for integrating new technology, analyzing resource investment opportunities, and estimating the impact of dynamic rate designs.

Mr. Tsoukalis is also engaged with utility clients to determine their regulatory exposure due to bidding practices in the wholesale electricity markets. He has helped develop tests to detect the presence of uneconomic behavior and to assess the potential price distortion caused by this behavior. He is assisting several clients in defending against investigations or enforcement actions for allegedly manipulative behavior. Mr. Tsoukalis has supported the development of testimony to assist regulatory agencies with their design of appropriate tariff provisions to properly allow for adequate cost recovery while identifying and mitigating potentially manipulative behavior.

In addition, he has also garnered experience analyzing developments in the transmission sector, including regional transmission planning regimes, recent regulatory changes involving competitively sourced investment, and the changing drivers of transmission investment growth.

Publications
Report
Initial Comments on SPP's Draft Ramp Product Report
August 30, 2018
Prepared for Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Report
Production Cost Savings Offered by Regional Transmission and a Regional Market in the Mountain West Transmission Group Footprint
April 10, 2017
Prepared for Basin Electric Power Cooperative; Black Hills Corporation; Colorado Springs Utilities; Platte River Power Authority; Public Service Company of Colorado; Tri-State Generation and Transmission Cooperative; and Western Area Power Administration

This report analyzes how different market structures could alter production costs in the combined service areas of the Mountain West Transmission Group entities.

Report
Building an Effective Trade Surveillance System: A Framework-Based Approach using Guidance from Two Recent FERC White Papers
March 20, 2017
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.

The whitepaper outlines a cost-effective, learning-driven approach for companies to develop in-house trade surveillance systems to analyze potentially manipulative behavior.

Presentation
FERC's Market Manipulation Rule: Impact on FTRs and the Virtual Market
March 08, 2016
Presented at the Energy Bar Association Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting
Presentation
The Critical Role of Transmission in Clean Power Plan Compliance
November 17, 2015
Presented at the Kinetic Conference on Competitive Bidding for Transmission Expansion
Presentation
Investment Trends and Fundamentals in U.S. Transmission and Electricity Infrastructure
July 17, 2015
Presented to the JP Morgan Investor Conference
Article
Market Manipulation Push is Widening the Compliance Gap
January 23, 2015
Published in Risk.net
Presentation
Dynamics and Opportunities in Transmission Development
December 02, 2014
Presented to TransForum East, Washington, DC
News & Events
February 21, 2018
Shaun Ledgerwood and John Tsoukalis to Present at Energy Risk Event on Trade Surveillance & Market Compliance for Energy Trading Organizations

Brattle Principal Shaun Ledgerwood and Senior Associate John Tsoukalis will present at Energy Risk’s training event, “Trade Surveillance & Market Compliance for Energy Trading Organizations,” taking place February 21-22, 2018 in Houston, TX.

January 29, 2018
Shaun Ledgerwood and John Tsoukalis to Present at EUCI Conference on Financial Transmission and Auction Revenue Rights

Brattle Principal Shaun Ledgerwood and Senior Associate John Tsoukalis will present at Electric Utility Consultants, Inc.’s (EUCI) conference, “Financial Transmission and Auction Revenue Rights (FTRs/CRRs/TCRs/ARRs),” taking place January 29-30, 2018 in Washington, DC.

August 25, 2017
Brattle Announces Senior Associate Promotions

The Brattle Group is pleased to announce the promotions of Lucia Bazzucchi, Francesca Mazzarella, Akarsh Sheilendranath, Mike Tolleth, and John Tsoukalis to Senior Associate.

April 10, 2017
Report by Brattle Economists Evaluates Production Cost Savings of Regional Market Participation by Mountain West Entities

Brattle Principals Judy Chang and Johannes Pfeifenberger, and Associate John Tsoukalis have authored a report that analyzes how different market structures could alter production costs in the combined service areas of the Mountain West Transmission Group entities.

March 20, 2017
Building an Effective Trade Surveillance System: Guidance from FERC White Papers

Brattle Principal Shaun Ledgerwood and Associate John Tsoukalis have authored a white paper that outlines a cost-effective, learning-driven approach for companies to develop in-house trade surveillance systems to analyze potentially manipulative behavior.

July 20, 2015
Brattle Economists Show Record $20 Billion in Annual U.S. Transmission Investments Will be Sustained Over Next Several Years

Economists at The Brattle Group have released an updated study showing that transmission investment in the United States will remain strong over the next decade, with a projected $20 billion investment required annually over the next several years and at least $120 billion to $180 billion needed over the next decade.

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.