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Renewable power generation technologies have been the fastest-growing generation segment across many countries in recent years, due to a combination of government policies and falling costs. However, this rapid growth has raised new questions that often challenge the existing regulations and contractual norms.

The power production of the primary renewable technologies – wind and solar – are intermittent and variable in nature. As the amount of wind and solar resources increase, they begin to affect system operations and market dynamics, requiring improvements to conventional market rules and operations to ensure power grid reliability. The addition of more renewable resources also affects how power markets perform and how all resources are compensated in competitive markets.

Transmission needed to access remotely-located renewable resources requires significant investments, and the tariffs that set out how transmission capacities and costs will be allocated can directly affect the magnitude, location, and the profitability of renewable energy projects. These transmission expansions can also affect the costs or usefulness of existing, conventional power purchase agreements, particularly as market rules around generation dispatch, congestion management, and operational cost-sharing obligations change over time. Further, as distributed renewable generation increase, many utilities may need to adjust their business strategies to profitably serve customers that now have diverse supply choices.

The Brattle Group works with grid operators, generation owners, utilities, renewable energy investors, transmission companies and RTOs, governments, and trade associations to understand, prepare for, and guide the development of markets to accommodate and facilitate the increasing use of renewable energy resources. Our experts provide advice and analysis on the economics, finance, and market regulation associated with renewable energy resources. We bring the combined experience of traditional power market evaluation methods (market design, resource planning, climate change analyses, valuation and financial analyses, portfolio tools, risk management, forecasting, etc.) plus knowledge of renewable energy technologies, implications of public policies, system operations, and an understanding of the interactions among them.

Principals
Chang for web
Principal
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Judy Chang is an energy economist and policy expert with a background in electrical engineering. She has 20 years of experience in advising clients in transmission, resource, and strategic planning. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Principal
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Mr. Chupka has more than 25 years of public and private sector experience analyzing energy markets and regulation and assisting energy clients and counsel in a broad span of commercial analysis, regulatory proceedings, and litigation support. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Principal
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Mr. Mudge is an expert in corporate and project finance matters in the energy industry. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Tsuchida 084
Principal
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Mr. Tsuchida specializes in the analysis of wholesale electric markets and modeling. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Jurgen weiss0492
Principal
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Dr. Weiss specializes in issues broadly motivated by climate change concerns, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, the interaction between electricity, gas and transportation, and carbon pricing. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Academic Advisors
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Academic Advisor
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Dr. Fox-Penner specializes in economic, regulatory, and strategic issues in network industries. His practice centers on energy and environmental policies and electric regulation, planning, and competition issues. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Academic Advisor
Dr. Robinson is a Senior Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. He consults on competition, regulation, and corporate strategy in energy and other regulated sectors. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Senior Associates
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Senior Associate
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Mr. Onur Aydin is a senior associate with an engineering background and over 10 years of experience in energy economics, electricity market modeling, and transmission planning. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Senior Associate
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Dr. Ruiz is an electrical engineer with experience in electric power systems analysis and research. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Article
April 2017
Philip Q Hanser, Roger Lueken, Will Gorman , and James Mashal
Published in Utilities Policy

This article discusses how low-cost solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery electricity storage can potentially bring about fundamental shifts in the structure of the U.S. power sector.

Presentation
February 7, 2017
Presented at the Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit
Article
January 27, 2017
Published in the January 27, 2017 issue of Quotidiano Energia

This article discusses the quantification of damages through arbitration by international investors of renewable energy projects, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV) plants.

Article
FV, gli incentivi dopo la Corte Costituzionale
January 27, 2017
Published in the January 27, 2017 issue of Quotidiano Energia

This article discusses the quantification of damages through arbitration by international investors of renewable energy projects, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV) plants.

Report
January 2017
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.

The whitepaper shows the potential for U.S. utility sales to nearly double by 2050 while energy sector carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could decrease by 70 percent or more through the electrification of transportation and heating.

Report
January 2017
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.

The whitepaper examines how wind generators could use standard electric and gas forward contracts to hedge its revenue to reduce risk over mid- to long-term horizons.

Presentation
December 8, 2016
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.

This Brattle presentation illustrates how the U.S. electric power industry has been investing in renewable resources well beyond states’ renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and targets.

Presentation
Western Regional Market Developments: Impact on Renewable Generation Investments and Balancing Costs
October 19, 2016
Presented at the 9th Annual Large Solar Conference
Report
June 21, 2016
Judy Chang, Michael Hagerty, and Will Gorman
Project Funded by the Barr Foundation
Report
Clean Energy Resource Options for Massachusetts: Overall Recommendations
June 21, 2016
Project Funded by the Barr Foundation
Report
Review of the Renewable Denton Plan: Final Report
June 10, 2016
Prepared for City Manager George Campbell, City of Denton, Texas
Report
June 2016
Prepared for the Canadian Electricity Association, Canadian Hydropower Association, Canadian Wind Energy Association, Emera Incorporated, Government of Canada, Government of Québec, Manitoba Hydro, Nalcor Energy, and Powerex Corporation
Presentation
May 17, 2016
Ira H. Shavel, Yingxia Yang, Roger Lueken, Andrew O’Brien, and Colin McIntyre
Prepared for The Texas Clean Energy Coalition
Article
An Economist's Dilemma: To PV or Not to PV, That Is the Question
March 14, 2016
Published in Electricity Policy
Report
January 15, 2016
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Article
Hurry or Wait – The Pros and Cons of Going Fast or Slow on Climate Change
July 2015
Eleanor Denny and Jürgen Weiss
Published in The Economists' Voice, Volume 12, Issue 1
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 3, 2015
Published in North American Wind Power
Article
What can (or should) we take away from Germany’s renewable energy experience?
January 2015
Published in Electricity Daily
Report
Solar Energy Support in Germany: A Closer Look
July 30, 2014
Prepared for the Solar Energy Industries Association
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"
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)
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
Report
A Learning Investment-Based Analysis of the Economic Potential for Offshore Wind: The Case of the United States
February 28, 2013
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Report
The Potential Impact of Solar PV on Electricity Markets in Texas
June 19, 2012
Prepared for the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Energy Foundation
Presentation
Policy Challenges Associated with Renewable Energy Integration
April 2011
Prepared for the 2011 MITEI Symposium: Managing Large-Scale Penetration of Intermittent Renewables
Presentation
Renewable Integration: Quantifying the Effects of Variable Energy Resources
January 24, 2011
Presented at the Wind and Solar Integration Summit, Scottsdale, AZ
Presentation
Renewable Integration Model Presentation
August 25, 2010
Presented at the California Public Utility Commission’s Long-Term Procurement Plan Workshop, San Francisco, CA
Presentation
Renewable Integration Model and Analysis
April 21, 2010
Judy Chang, Kamen Madjarov, Ross Baldick, Antonio Alvarez, and Philip Q Hanser
Poster Presented by Kamen Madjarov at IEEE 2010 Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, LA