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Mr. Chupka is an economist with more than 30 years of public and private sector experience analyzing energy markets and regulation while assisting energy clients and counsel in a broad span of commercial analysis, regulatory proceedings, and litigation support.

The unifying theme of Mr. Chupka's practice over three decades has been the analysis of environmental policy impacts on energy markets, particularly in the electricity sector. His recent work has focused on the litigation in Clean Air Act matters, utility integrated resource planning, electricity and fuel procurement, contract evaluation and litigation, and the analysis of clean energy policy design and market impacts.

He formerly served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, and was the Associate Director for Air, Energy and Transportation at the White House Office for Environmental Policy.

Representative Engagements
Expert reports related to New Source Review
Submitted expert reports on behalf of defendants in several recent high-profile New Source Review (GenOn, Detroit Edison, Louisiana Generating, Kentucky Utilities), rebutting plaintiffs methods and emissions calculations. Also provided expert consulting services in several other cases.
Analysis of U.S. electric infrastructure
For the Edison Foundation, directed an analysis of U.S. electric infrastructure needs and costs in generation, transmission, distribution, and efficiency through 2030, including impacts of expanded efficiency programs and low-carbon supply investments relating to reducing CO2 emissions in the electricity sector.
Testimony
Before the New York State Public Service Commission, Case 03-E-0188, on behalf of Brookfield Renewable Energy Group in the Proceeding on Motion of the Commission Regarding a Retail Renewable Portfolio Standard: 2013 Review of Energy Programs
October 28, 2013
Publications
Report
The Future of Cap-and-Trade Program in California: Will Low GHG Prices Last Forever?
December 05, 2017
Yingxia Yang, Michael Hagerty, Ashley Palmarozzo, Hannah Sheffield, Metin Celebi, Marc Chupka, and Frank C. Graves
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.

A discussion paper examining the trends of the California greenhouse gas (GHG) market and analyzes the underlying future drivers that will affect California GHG prices to achieve the state’s ambitious goal of 80% decarbonization by 2050.

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
When Coal is the Goal: Environmental Policy and Energy Markets
October 17, 2017
Presented at the Energy Bar Association's (EBA) 2017 Mid-Year Energy Forum
An analysis of the electricity generation sector and coal market finds that the Trump Administration’s energy and environmental policy initiatives tend to favor natural gas as a generation fuel, likely reducing coal production and mining employment.
Report
Blending In: The Role of Renewable Fuel in Achieving Energy Policy Goals
August 31, 2017
Marc Chupka, Michael Hagerty, Philip K. Verleger, and Jr.
Prepared for Growth Energy
Report
Nuclear Retirement Effects on CO2 Emissions: Preserving a Critical Clean Resource
December 2016
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Presentation
The Clean Power Plan: Implications for the Western Interconnect
January 20, 2016
Presented at the EUCI Conference, "Optimizing Carbon Market Mechanisms in the Western Interconnect," Los Angeles, CA
Report
The Clean Power Plan: Focus on Implementation and Compliance
January 2016
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Presentation
Hydropower and the EPA Section 111(d) Proposal
August 12, 2014
Presented at the National Hydropower Association
Report
Policy Brief - EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan: Implications for States and the Electric Industry
June 2014
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Presentation
Power Market Prices, Nuclear Generation & Greenhouse Gas Policy
February 04, 2014
Presented at the EUEC 2014 Conference
Report
Independent Evaluation of SCR Systems for Frame-Type Combustion Turbines: Report for ICAP Demand Curve Reset
November 01, 2013
Marc Chupka and Anthony Licata
Prepared for the New York Independent System Operator, Inc.
Presentation
Natural Gas Price & Environmental Regulation: Effect on Utility Cost and Coal Consumption
March 14, 2013
Presented at the Kentucky Industrial Utility Customers 2013 Energy Conference, Lexington, KY
Presentation
Causation and Effect: Emissions Analysis in Retrospective NSR Cases
January 29, 2013
Presented at the Energy, Utility and Environmental Conference, Phoenix, AZ
Presentation
Natural Gas Price & Environmental Regulation: Effect on Utility Coal Consumption
January 14, 2013
Marc Chupka, Metin Celebi, Charles Russell, and Quincy Xuefeng Liao
Presented at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
Presentation
Modern Integrated Resource Planning for a Low-Carbon Future
December 12, 2011
Presented to the United States Energy Association, Global Workshop on Low Carbon power Sector Development, Washington, DC
Report
Comments of Marc W. Chupka, before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Docket No. AD12-1-000
December 09, 2011
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Presentation
Emerging Environmental Regulations and Impacts on the U.S. Coal Fleet
April 26, 2011
Presented at the ELCON Spring Workshop, Washington, DC
Presentation
Emerging Environmental Regulations and Impacts on the U.S. Coal Fleet
January 24, 2011
Presented at the EUCI Conference on Coal Markets
Presentation
Myths and Realities of Shale Gas Deposits: Implication for the Electric Market
August 27, 2010
Presented to the Texas Bar Association, Public Utilities Law Section Conference, Austin, TX
Article
Plugging In: Can the grid handle the coming electric vehicle load?
June 2010
Published in Public Utilities Fortnightly
Report
2010 Integrated Resource Plan for Connecticut
January 2010
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Report
2009 Integrated Resource Plan for Connecticut
January 2009
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Report
Transforming America's Power Industry: The Investment Challenge 2010-2030
November 2008
Prepared for The Edison Foundation
Presentation
Uncertainty, Volatility and Risk: Cap & Trade Economics
July 08, 2008
Presented to the Aspen Institute Energy Policy Forum, Aspen, CO
Report
2008 Integrated Resource Plan for Connecticut
January 01, 2008
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Newsletter
Reviving Integrated Resource Planning for Electric Utilities: New Challenges and Innovative Approaches
2008
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Article
Sticker Shock!
December 2007
Marc Chupka and Gregory N. Basheda
Published in Public Utilities Fortnightly
Report
Rising Utility Construction Costs: Sources and Impacts
September 2007
Marc Chupka and Gregory N. Basheda
Prepared for The Edison Foundation
Article
Behind the Rise in Prices
July 2006
Published in Electric Perspectives
Report
Why Are Electricity Prices Increasing? An Industry-Wide Perspective
June 2006
Published by The Edison Foundation
Article
An Upward Climb
September 2004
Marc Chupka and Gregory N. Basheda
Published in Electric Perspectives
Presentation
Renewable Energy Credits: Policy Design and Price Volatility
April 08, 2003
Presented at the Second Annual Green Trading Summit, New York, NY
Article
Surviving the SIP Call: Fossil Plant Economics Under NOx Control
1999
Marc Chupka and James C. Letzelter
Published in Public Utilities Fortnightly
News & Events
December 05, 2017
Reaching California's Deep Decarbonization Goals May Require Large Increases in Carbon Prices in the Absence of Further Technological Breakthroughs, According to Brattle Economists

A discussion paper by economists at The Brattle Group examines the trends of the California greenhouse gas (GHG) market and analyzes the underlying future drivers that will affect California GHG prices to achieve the state’s ambitious goal of 80% decarbonization by 2050. 

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).

October 17, 2017
Brattle Economist: Trump Administration’s Energy and Environmental Policy Likely to Reduce Coal Production and Mining Employment

An analysis of the electricity generation sector and coal market by an economist at The Brattle Group finds that the Trump Administration’s energy and environmental policy initiatives tend to favor natural gas as a generation fuel, likely reducing coal production and mining employment.

October 17, 2017
Marc Chupka to Present at Energy Bar Association’s Mid-Year Energy Forum

Brattle Principal Marc Chupka will present during the Energy Bar Association’s (EBA) Mid-Year Energy Forum, taking place October 16-17, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

June 27, 2017
Marc Chupka to Participate in Knowledge Group Webinar on the Energy Sector Under the Trump Administration

Brattle Principal Marc Chupka will present during The Knowledge Group’s webinar, “What’s in Store for the Energy Sector Under Trump Administration,” taking place June 27, 2017 from 3-5pm EST.

February 08, 2017
Marc Chupka to Present at Energy, Utility & Environment Conference

Brattle Principal Marc Chupka will present at the 20th Annual Energy, Utility & Environment Conference (EUEC), taking place February 8-10, 2017 in San Diego, CA.

July 15, 2016
Report by Brattle Economists Examines EPA’s Proposed 2017 Renewable Volume Obligations

Brattle economists have authored a report that analyzes the role that higher ethanol blends of gasoline (E85) could play in meeting the proposed 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program.

March 17, 2016
Marc Chupka to Present on the Economic Impact of the Clean Power Plan at the Annual Public Utility Research Center Conference

Brattle Principal Marc Chupka will present at the 43rd Annual Public Utility Research Center (PURC) Conference, taking place March 16-17, 2016 in Gainesville, FL.

February 23, 2016
Robert Mudge and Marc Chupka to Present at Practical Law Webinar on U.S. Power Industry Developments and Trends

Brattle Principals Robert Mudge and Marc Chupka will present at the upcoming Thomson Reuters Practical Law webinar, “Key Developments and Trends in the U.S. Power Industry,” taking place on February 23, 2016 from 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm EST.

February 03, 2016
Marc Chupka to Present on the Clean Power Plan at Energy, Utility & Environment Conference

Brattle Principal Marc Chupka will present at the 19th Annual Energy, Utility & Environment Conference (EUEC), taking place February 3-5, 2016 in San Diego, CA.

January 20, 2016
Associate Michael Hagerty Examines CPP Implications for the Western Interconnect at EUCI Conference on Carbon Market Mechanisms

Brattle Associate Michael Hagerty presented on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) and its implications for the western interconnect at a recent EUCI conference, “Optimizing Carbon Market Mechanisms in the Western Interconnect."

January 20, 2016
Associate Michael Hagerty Presents on CPP Implications for the Western Interconnect at EUCI Conference on Carbon Market Mechanisms

Brattle Associate Michael Hagerty presented on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) and its implications for the western interconnect at a recent EUCI conference, “Optimizing Carbon Market Mechanisms in the Western Interconnect."

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).

October 05, 2015
Marc Chupka to Present at Western Power Trading Forum: Pacific Northwest Chapter Meeting

Brattle principal Marc Chupka will present at the Western Power Trading Forum: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting, taking place on October 5, 2015 in Portland, OR.

March 31, 2015
Marc Chupka and Judy Chang to Present at Conference on EPA Clean Power Plan Implementation

Brattle principals Marc Chupka and Judy Chang will present at the Infocast conference, “EPA Clean Power Plan Implementation: Multi-State Perspectives, Plans, and Implications of 111(d),” taking place March 31 to April 02, 2015 in Atlanta, GA.

December 25, 2014
Principal Marc Chupka Featured in New York Times article on New EPA Formula to Cut Carbon Emissions

Brattle principal Marc Chupka has been featured in an article from the December 25, 2014 issue of The New York Times that discusses a new rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) governing carbon emissions from power plants. Among the most complicated issues is how to treat existing nuclear power plants, many of whom are threatened with shutdowns because cheap natural gas has made their reactors uncompetitive.

August 15, 2014
Brattle Studies Cited by Appeals Court in Decision to Uphold Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 1000

The Court of Appeals cited Brattle studies in its recent decision to uphold the FERC Order 1000, compelling states to coordinate on transmission planning to meet cost obligations for new electricity transmission capacity.

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.