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Mr. Tsuchida specializes in the analysis of wholesale electric markets and modeling, including operations, valuations of transmission and generation assets, deliverability analyses, RTO cost benefit analyses, market power studies, and contract evaluations.

His experience spans a wide range of utility consulting projects, including the analysis of operations for power markets, ranging from integration studies for intermittent resources such as wind and solar power, ancillary service studies, operational logic studies, and analyses required for regulatory proceedings. These studies range from large interconnected systems to small island systems.

Mr. Tsuchida also has extensive experience in the analysis and modeling of wholesale marketing restructuring for the electric industry and power systems. For the U.S. Department of Energy, he has been involved in the modeling of the entire Eastern Interconnection for the National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors. He has also performed cost benefit analyses of various RTOs, and analyses of RTO options for utilities and RTO seams eliminations. He has evaluated both transmission and generation assets and contracts for electric power markets throughout North America, as well as in the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia.

Prior to joining Brattle, Mr. Tsuchida was a principal at Charles River Associates. He was also a project manager at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), where he oversaw international generation development projects and was the lead engineer for Southeast Asia generation units. While at TEPCO, he concentrated primarily on the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of thermal power plants.

Representative Engagements
Operational impact of transmission and generation projects
Assessed operational impact for transmission and generation projects, including New York’s contingency plan for potentially retiring the Indian Point nuclear plants. Clients range from utilities and asset owners to regulatory agencies.
Project manager for the Transmission Topology Control Project
Currently co-leading the ARPA-e GEN-I awarded Transmission Topology Control Project. This project, which kicked off in March 2012 and is scheduled to continue for two years, involves a large diversified team of experts from PJM, Boston University, Tufts University, Northeastern University, Polaris, and Paragon.
Analysis of intermittent resource integration and operational logic
Analyzed operations of intermittent resource (mainly wind and solar) integration and operational logic (such as unit commitment and dispatch logic, or coordinated outage scheduling logic) studies, specifically for island systems.
Publications
Report
Beyond Zero Net Energy? Alternative Approaches to Enhance Consumer and Environmental Outcomes
June 20, 2018
Ryan Hledik, Toshiki Bruce Tsuchida, and John Palfreyman
Prepared for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The study finds that a flexible approach to meeting Zero Net Energy (ZNE) goals could benefit consumers and the environment.

Report
Impacts of Marginal Loss Implementation in ERCOT
October 11, 2017
Metin Celebi, Toshiki Bruce Tsuchida, Rebecca Carroll, Colin McIntyre, and Ariel Kaluzhny
Prepared for Ad Hoc Group, including Vistra Energy, The Wind Coalition, and First Solar
Report
LIPA Generation Planning Review: Caithness Long Island II, and E.F. Barrett and Port Jefferson Repowerings
April 06, 2017
Prepared for the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)
Report
Review of the Renewable Denton Plan: Final Report
June 10, 2016
Prepared for City Manager George Campbell, City of Denton, Texas
Presentation
Benefit-Cost Analysis of Proposed New York AC Transmission Upgrades
September 15, 2015
Presented to NYISO and DPS Staff
Report
Comparative Generation Costs of Utility-Scale and Residential-Scale PV in Xcel Energy Colorado’s Service Area
July 2015
Prepared for First Solar
Report
Integrating Renewable Energy into the Electricity Grid: Case studies showing how system operators are maintaining reliability
June 2015
Prepared for the Advanced Energy Economy Institute
Article
What the Islands Can Teach Us About Hybrid Energy
February 03, 2015
Published in North American Wind Power
Report
EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Reliability: Assessing NERC's Initial Reliability Review
February 2015
Prepared for Advanced Energy Economy Institute
Presentation
Topology Control Algorithms: Applications for Market Efficiency Improvements and Overload Relief
July 30, 2014
Pablo Ruiz, Michael Caramanis, Evgeniy Goldis, David Hislop, Bhavana Keshavamurthy, Xiaoguang Li, Dan Moscovitz, Russ Philbrick, Alex Rudkevich, Richard Tabors, and Toshiki Bruce Tsuchida
Presented at the Super Session on Grid Operations, 2014 IEEE PES General Meeting, National Harbor, MD
Presentation
Topology Control Algorithms (TCA): Simulations in PJM with AC Modeling
June 23, 2014
Pablo Ruiz, Michael Caramanis, Evgeniy Goldis, Bhavana Keshavamurthy, Xiaoguang Li, Russ Philbrick, Alex Rudkevich, Richard Tabors, and Toshiki Bruce Tsuchida
Presented at the FERC Technical Conference On Increasing Real-Time And Day-Ahead Market Efficiency Through Improved Software, Washington, DC
Book
Renewable Energy Integration: Practical Management of Variability, Uncertainty, and Flexibility in Power Grids (contributing author)
June 2014
Published by Elsevier. Author of Chapter 24, "Renewables Integration on Islands"
Presentation
Transmission Topology Control Algorithms (TCA): Simulations on PJM Real Time Markets
November 19, 2013
Pablo Ruiz, Xiao Li, Michael Caramanis, Evgeniy Goldis, Bhavana Keshavamurthy, Mahendra Patel, Alex Rudkevich, Richard Tabors, and Toshiki Bruce Tsuchida
Presented at the TCA/RATC Workshop on Topology Control, Norristown, PA
Report
Recommendations for Enhancing ERCOT’s Long-Term Transmission Planning Process
October 2013
The Brattle Group, Inc., prepared for The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Presentation
Planning for High Levels of Renewable Penetration: Key Challenges and Approaches for Caribbean Island Systems
September 18, 2013
Presented at the CARILEC Renewable Energy Forum, Bridgetown, Barbados
News & Events
June 20, 2018
Brattle Study: Alternative Approach to Meeting Zero Net Energy Goals Can Benefit Consumers and the Environment

A flexible approach to meeting Zero Net Energy (ZNE) goals could benefit consumers and the environment, according to a study authored by Brattle economists released by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

October 18, 2017
Bruce Tsuchida to Present at Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum

Brattle Principal Bruce Tsuchida will present at the 2017 Caribbean Renewable Energy Form (CREF), taking place October 18-20, 2017 in Miami, FL.

September 19, 2017
Bruce Tsuchida to Present at NREL Grid Integration Workshop

Brattle Principal Bruce Tsuchida will present at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Workshop, “Benchmarking Distribution Grid Integration Costs Under High Distributed Photovoltaic (PV) Penetrations,” taking place September 19, 2017 in Golden, CO.

July 21, 2017
Bruce Tsuchida Contributes Book Chapter in Second Edition of Renewable Energy Integration

Brattle Principal Bruce Tsuchida has contributed a chapter to the second edition of Renewable Energy Integration: Practical Management of Variability, Uncertainty, and Flexibility in Power Grids.

June 20, 2017
Bruce Tsuchida to Present at UVIG Forecasting Workshop

Brattle Principal Bruce Tsuchida will present at the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group’s (UVIG) 2017 Forecasting Workshop and Tutorial, “Applying Meteorology in Power System Planning and Operations,” taking place June 20-22, 2017 in Atlanta, GA.

October 17, 2016
Bruce Tsuchida and Sanem Sergici to Present at CREF Utility Workshop

Brattle Principal Brice Tsuchida and Senior Associate Sanem Sergici will present at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum’s (CREF) Utility Workshop, taking place October 17-19, 2016 in Miami, FL.

February 25, 2016
Bruce Tsuchida to Present at LSI’s Transmission in the Northeast Conference

Brattle Principal Bruce Tsuchida will present at the Law Seminars International’s (LSI) 3rd Annual Two-Day Conference on Developing Transmission in the Northeast, taking place February 25-26, 2016 in Boston, MA and through webcast.

February 08, 2016
Case Study Developed by Brattle Principals Wins 2015 CCBJ Business Achievement Award for Wind and Solar Integration

Brattle Principals Jürgen Weiss and Bruce Tsuchida have been awarded the Climate Change Business Journal’s (CCBJ) 2015 Business Achievement Award for Wind and Solar Integration for the case study they prepared for the Advanced Energy Economy Institute.

October 19, 2015
Bruce Tsuchida and Sanem Sergici to Present at Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum

Brattle principal Bruce Tsuchida and senior associate Sanem Sergici will present at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF), taking place October 19-21, 2015 in Miami, FL.

October 14, 2015
Bruce Tsuchida to Present at Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group Fall Technical Workshop

Brattle principal Bruce Tsuchida will present at the upcoming Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) Fall Technical Workshop, taking place October 13-15, 2015 in San Diego, CA.

July 13, 2015
Bruce Tsuchida to Present at Central American Renewables Investment Summit

Brattle principal Bruce Tsuchida will present at the Central American Renewables Investment Summit (CAMRIS), taking place July 13-14, 2015 in Panama City, Panama.

July 13, 2015
Study by Brattle Economists Quantifies the Benefits of Utility-Scale Solar PV

A study released by economists at The Brattle Group finds that utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the U.S. are significantly more cost effective than residential-scale (rooftop) PV systems as a vehicle for achieving the economic and policy benefits of PV solar.

July 06, 2015
Report by Brattle Economists Examines Feasibility of Integrating Variable Renewable Energy into Electric Grid

A new report authored by principals Jürgen Weiss and Bruce Tsuchida finds that the integration of high levels of variable renewable energy into the electric grid is both technically feasible and can be managed without compromising reliability of electric power service.

April 08, 2015
Bruce Tsuchida to Present on Hybrid Systems at Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015

Brattle principal Bruce Tsuchida will present on hybrid energy systems at the upcoming conference Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015, taking place April 8-9, 2015 in New York, NY.

March 19, 2015
Bruce Tsuchida to Present at Upcoming LSI Conference on Transmission in the Northeast

Brattle principal Bruce Tsuchida has been selected to present at the upcoming LSI conference, “Transmission in the Northeast: Legal, Business and Regulatory Developments,” taking place March 19-20, 2015 in Boston, MA.

February 13, 2015
Brattle Consultants Assist ERCOT in Scenario Planning and Improving its Long-term Transmission Planning Process

Consultants at The Brattle Group recently assisted ERCOT in improving its long term transmission planning process.

February 12, 2015
Compliance with EPA’s Clean Power Plan Unlikely to Materially Affect Electric Grid Reliability, According to Report by Brattle Economists

Brattle consultants released a report analyzing concerns raised by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in its Initial Reliability Review (IRR) about the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) for reducing carbon emissions.

February 03, 2015
Bruce Tsuchida Publishes Article on Hybrid Energy in the Caribbean in North American Wind Power

Brattle principal Bruce Tsuchida recently authored an article that was published in the February 2015 issue of North American Wind Power. The article, “What the Islands Can Teach Us About Hybrid Energy,” discusses how adopting hybrid systems such as those found in the Caribbean islands can help accommodate more renewable resources while also increasing grid resiliency.

October 06, 2014
Bruce Tsuchida to Co-Host Energy Storage Workshop at Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum 2014

Principal Bruce Tsuchida will co-host the “Utility Workshop on Energy Storage – Economics, Tariffs, Implementation” at The Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) 2014.

September 21, 2014
Brattle Experts to Participate in Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation Renewable Energy Forum

Brattle principal Bruce Tsuchida and senior associate Pablo Ruiz will participate in the upcoming Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) Renewable Energy Forum, “From Gridlock to Grid Tied,” taking place September 21-24, 2014 in the British Virgin Islands.

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 27, 2014
Principal Bruce Tsuchida Contributing Author to Book on Renewable Energy Integration

Principal Bruce Tsuchida is the author of a chapter in the recently-published book, Renewable Energy Integration: Practical Management of Variability, Uncertainty and Flexibility in Power Grids.