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.
A whitepaper authored by Brattle principal Coleman Bazelon and senior associate Giulia McHenry finds that more than 350 additional megahertz (MHz) of licensed spectrum is needed by 2019 to support projected commercial mobile wireless demand in the U.S.
Brattle principals Ahmad Faruqui and Ryan Hledik and research analyst Wade Davis recently authored the article, “The Emergence of Organic Conservation,” published in the June issue of The Electricity Journal.
Brattle principal Ahmad Faruqui was recently quoted in the Public Utilities Fortnightly article, “High Stakes at the High Court: U.S. Supreme Court to decide demand response case,” discussing how the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether demand response services will be regulated by the federal government or by state utility commissions.
In the recently released decision from the United States Court of Federal Claims, Judge Wheeler sided with Brattle client Starr International Co. Inc., finding that that the Federal Reserve overstepped its authority by taking 79.9 percent of AIG’s equity as a condition of its loan to AIG. This element of the decision echoed testimony of Brattle principal Dr. Michael Cragg, which was restated in the opinion.
Senior Associate Pavitra Kumar recently published an article investigating the association between select hedge fund characteristics and persistence in positive and negative abnormal returns. The article, “Hedge Fund Characteristics and Performance Persistence: Evidence from 1996-2006,” was published in Volume 5, No. 2 of the Quarterly Journal of Finance (June 2015).
The Brattle Group has been selected to provide an independent analysis of the potential impacts of the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games being hosted in Boston.
Brattle principal Yvette Austin Smith recently participated in a panel discussion on valuation issues in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for an article that appeared in the June 2015 issue of Financier Worldwide.
Brattle principal Bin Zhou recently co-authored an article published in Bloomberg BNA, “The Implications of Transfer Pricing in Bankruptcy,” in which the authors discuss the lessons learned from transfer pricing arrangements featured in the allocation of liquidation proceeds in Nortel’s bankruptcy trials.
Brattle principals Dan Harris, Richard Caldwell, and Alexis Maniatis recently authored an article on pre-award interest rates and the significant impact they can have on damages awards the longer the legal process takes.
In a closely-watched pharmaceutical antitrust case, Brattle client Warner Chilcott prevailed in a motion for summary judgment against Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Mylan, which produced a generic version of Warner Chilcott’s branded acne medication Doryx, alleged that Warner Chilcott had acted anticompetitively by product hopping. A Brattle team led by principals Steve Herscovici and Lisa Cameron worked closely with attorneys from White & Case in providing analytical support for four different experts.
Consultants at The Brattle Group have been retained by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS), the Italian State Railway, to serve as an advisor for the railway’s privatization process.
Brattle principals Paul Hinton and Mark Sarro, associate Rand Ghayad, and Kevin Rosenberg of Lowenstein & Weatherwax recently co-authored an article on Law360, “Big Data’s Big Impact In Financial Investigations,” which describes the challenges in detecting trade-based money laundering (TBML) for financial institutions, other businesses, and law enforcement.
Brattle senior associate Pablo Ruiz, also research associate professor at Boston University, was recently featured in Popular Science for leading a team of researchers in an effort to address congestion on the nation’s transmission grid, which increases costs and potentially reduces reliability.
Brattle consultants assisted counsel for Manitowoc Cranes in analyzing the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement in a case before the International Trade Commission (ITC).
A decision reached by the Courts' regarding the allocation of Nortel's $7.3 billion liquidation proceeds relied heavily on the findings by Brattle experts.
Relying on testimony by Brattle principal Professor Daniel McFadden, New York Federal District Judge Shira Scheindlin recently granted in part a Daubert motion to exclude the class certification testimony of Plaintiffs’ expert in an antitrust class action against the MLB and NHL professional sports leagues. As a result of this decision, class certification with respect to past damages was denied.
Stewart Myers, Brattle principal and Robert C. Merton (1970) Professor of Financial Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was recently awarded the 2015 Onassis Prize for Finance from the Cass Business School, part of City University London.
Brattle principal Coleman Bazelon and senior associate Giulia McHenry recently prepared a report for CTIA—The Wireless Association that estimates spectrum licensed to U.S. wireless carriers generates more than $400 billion annually.
Brattle principals Andrew Abere and Pinar Bagci authored an article on cartel damages in the EU that was published in the April-June 2015 issue of Corporate Disputes.
Brattle associate David Luke Oates co-authored an article published in the April 2015 issue of The Electricity Journal that examines the economic effects of state cooperation under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan.
Brattle academic advisor and Harvard Law School faculty member Stuart Brotman recently prepared a report that analyzes a new approach for assessing a country’s broadband Internet capabilities.
A report released by Brattle economists finds that U.S. transmission planning processes need to more fully recognize the benefits of enhanced transmission to protect consumers from the high costs and risks of an inadequate and insufficiently flexible grid.
Brattle principals Gerald Taylor, Shaun Ledgerwood, Romkaew Broehm, and Peter Fox-Penner have authored a book that provides insights and an analytical framework for understanding the legal and economic nuances associated with energy market manipulation. Market Power and Market Manipulation in Energy Markets: From the California Crisis to the Present will be published in April 2015 by PUR Inc.
Brattle consultants have recently authored an article for the April 2015 issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly that examines whether the implementation of inclining block rates (IBRs) on energy prices leads to energy conservation.
Brattle principal Mark Berkman and research analyst Stephen Lagos contributed to a recent Bay Area Council Economic Institute report, “Surviving the Storm,” examining questions about the economic impact of potential extreme storm events in northern California.
Brattle academic advisor and Miami University professor John Bowblis provided expert testimony in the Collins v. Kodak tying case before the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati. The court’s finding in that case was recently affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Dr. Bowblis’ report was directly cited in the appellate court’s decision.
A report recently released by Brattle economists finds that the deployment of grid-integrated distributed electricity storage in Texas could provide substantial net benefits to the power system in ERCOT and its electricity customers. The report evaluates whether storage could be cost-effectively deployed from the perspectives of retail customers, wholesale electricity market participants, and the combined system or “society as a whole” while maintaining wholesale power prices that continue to support necessary generation investments.
Brattle academic advisor Aaron Edlin, a professor of law and economics at the University of California, Berkeley, recently co-authored the article “Letting Dentists Feel the Bite of Competition,” published in the Wall Street Journal.
Brattle principal David Sunding recently served as the damages expert for the state of Nebraska in the U.S. Supreme Court case, State of Kansas v. State of Nebraska and State of Colorado, in which Kansas sought more than $80 million in damages from Nebraska for taking more than its share of water from the Republican River Basin.
Economists from The Brattle Group recently completed a study on dietary trends and the rising rates of obesity in the United States. The report finds that Americans are facing a substantial increase in obesity, despite general adherence to the nutrition advice of the American Heart Association and the United States Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.
Empirical literature documents that acquirers of public targets earn zero or negative announcement period returns, while acquirers of both private and subsidiary targets earn positive returns. Brattle principal Torben Voetmann recently co-authored a paper in the Journal of Corporate Finance that attempts to explain this differential.
Consultants at The Brattle Group recently assisted ERCOT in improving its long term transmission planning process.
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.
Brattle associate Neil Lessem was recently featured in a Washington Post article that discusses the various motivations that consumers have when it comes to energy conservation and how these motivations may vary with political or ideological beliefs.
Brattle principal Dr. Andrew Abere contributed to an amicus curiae brief submitted by the Patents and Antitrust Committees of the New York City Bar Association (NYCBA) in a case currently before Supreme Court that proposes that the Court overrule its 1964 decision in Brulotte v. Thys Co. in which it held that a royalty agreement that extends beyond the expiration of the patent term is unlawful per se.
The Brattle Group has announced that Joshua Gans has joined the firm’s network of internationally renowned experts as an academic advisor.
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.
Principal Jürgen Weiss has authored an article for the January 2015 issue of Electricity Policy’s Electricity Daily that discusses Germany’s transition away from fossil fuel generation toward renewable energy. In particular, Dr. Weiss’ article examines the lessons from Germany’s experience that can be applied to the U.S.
Principal Ahmad Faruqui has been featured in a recent Washington Post article that examines the reasons why smart meters have yet to transform energy consumption habits.
Brattle economists Lisa Cameron and Steven Herscovici recently assisted in preparing an amici curiae brief in support of the defendants-appellants Actavis PLC and its subsidiary, Forest Laboratories LLC, in an antitrust case in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Principals Ahmad Faruqui and Ryan Hledik have authored a report for the Salt River Project (SRP) that provides an evaluation of SRP’s proposal to introduce a new rate for residential customers who are planning to install distributed generation (DG) capability. Through their evaluation of the SRP proposal, the authors identify a way to restore fairness in rate design for DG customers that may be of interest to all utilities with residential DG customers.
Brattle consultants have co-authored a study for the Independent Electricity System Operator that provides an impact evaluation of Ontario’s province-wide roll-out of Time-of-Use (TOU) rates for its residential and general service customers.