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Electric Power

The Brattle Group assists electric utilities, deregulated power producers, customers, regulators, and policymakers with planning, ratemaking and litigation support, and with developing (or responding to) new market designs and regulatory frameworks.

Our experience includes international electricity markets that illuminate alternative approaches to similar problems.

We assist electricity market participants in business strategy and understanding and preparing for changes in regulatory policy, and offer a range of operational and financial tools, as well as large-scale system costing and planning models for simulation and forecasting market structure and conduct. Our experts have testified before federal and state regulatory agencies, courts, and arbitration panels worldwide on some of the most high-profile industry matters.

Areas of Expertise
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Brattle Principal Kathleen Spees will speak at the Association of Power Producers in Ontario (APPrO) 30th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre on “Innovation and Disruption – Solving for X,” to be held November 12-13 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Engagements
Experts
Principals
Academic Advisor & Other Outside Experts
Timothy J. Brennan
Academic Advisor
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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Peter S. Fox-Penner
Academic Advisor
Boston University
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Senior Consultants
Senior Associates
Publications
Presentation
New Network Tariff Designs
June 29, 2018
Presented at the Center for Research into Regulated Industries (CRRI) Western Conference

In Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and thirteen US states, retail electric competition is the norm for mass market customers. However retail choice is facing increased scrutiny in both the US and abroad. In retail electricity markets, regulators do not set the bundled price customers pay, or determine its structure. Only the network tariff is regulated.

Report
Electricity Distribution Network Tariffs: Principles and Analysis of Options
April 2018
Authored for The Victorian Distribution Networks

Brattle economists have authored a report that discusses the principles for network tariff design and possible options for developing future network tariffs in competitive retail markets.

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.

Report
Stacked Benefits: Comprehensively Valuing Battery Storage in California
September 12, 2017
Ryan Hledik, Roger Lueken, Colin McIntyre, and Heidi Bishop
Prepared for Eos Energy Storage

The report finds that operating batteries to simultaneously capture benefits from multiple value streams (i.e., “stacked benefits”) could unlock significantly more value than using batteries to target only individual applications.

Presentation
Flexibility Enhancements: Alberta Needs and Experience from Other Jurisdictions
August 15, 2017
Prepared for Alberta Electricity System Operator
Presentation
Effect of DG Installation on Customer Load Shapes
June 23, 2017
Presented to Westar Energy
Report
Evolving Business and Regulatory Models in a Utility of the Future World
June 2017
Published by The Brattle Group's Retail Energy Practice

This brief provides our view of how utilities and regulators should prepare for the transition to the UoF.

Article
Reforming Ontario’s Wholesale Electricity Market: The Costs and Benefits
June 2017
Published in Energy Regulation Quarterly, Volume 5, Issue 2
This article provides a review of a recent report authored by Brattle economists examining the net benefit that Ontario could realize through implementation of a locational energy market, improving the system’s operating flexibility, and the introduction of an incremental capacity auction for maintaining resource adequacy.
Article
Do Manufacturing Firms Relocate in Response to Rising Electric Rates?
June 2017
Published in Energy Regulation Quarterly, Volume 5, Issue 2
This article investigates whether U.S. industrial manufacturing customers faced with rising electric rates relocate to lower-cost regions.
Presentation
DERs and Electricity Rates in Ontario
May 29, 2017
Presented at The Mowat Centre Conference on Emerging Energy Trends
Article
The Impact of Time-of-Use Rates in Ontario
February 08, 2017
Neil Lessem, Ahmad Faruqui, Sanem Sergici, and Dean Mountain
This article was published in Public Utilities Fortnightly, February 2017. Copyright PUR Inc. (www.fortnightly.com). Used by permission of the publisher.
Presentation
Rethinking Capacity Mechanisms in the Context of Emerging Flexibility Challenges
February 03, 2017
Presented at the European Capacity Mechanisms Forum
Presentation
Future of Coal: Clean Power Plan, Market Drivers, and Other Regulations
January 24, 2017
Presented at the American Coal Ash Association’s (ACAA) 2017 Winter Membership Meeting
Report
Managing Price Risk for Merchant Renewable Investments: Role of Market Interactions and Dynamics on Effective Hedging Strategies
January 20, 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
The Tariffs of Tomorrow
January 11, 2017
Presented at the University of California, Davis Energy Efficiency Center Seminar
Presentation
Brattle Tariff Design Best Practices
June 01, 2016
Prepared for Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and the Government of Malaysia
Article
Efficient Tariff Structures for Distribution Network Services
December 2015
Published in Economic Analysis and Policy, Vol. 48
Presentation
Investment Trends and Fundamentals in U.S. Transmission and Electricity Infrastructure
July 17, 2015
Presented to the JP Morgan Investor Conference
Report
Toward More Effective Transmission Planning: Addressing the Costs and Risks of an Insufficiently Flexible Electricity Grid
April 2015
Prepared for WIRES
Report
An Evaluation of SRP’s Electric Rate Proposal for Residential Customers with Distributed Generation
January 05, 2015
Prepared for the Salt River Project
Report
Targeted Performance Incentives: Recommendations to the Hawaiian Electric Companies
September 15, 2014
Prepared for the Hawaiian Electric Companies
Report
Structure of Electricity Distribution Network Tariffs: Recovery of Residual Costs
August 2014
Prepared for the Australian Energy Market Commission
Report
Incentive-Based Ratemaking: Recommendations to the Hawaiian Electric Companies
May 20, 2014
Prepared for The Hawaiian Electric Companies
Report
The Impact of Revenue Decoupling on the Cost of Capital for Electric Utilities: An Empirical Investigation
March 20, 2014
Michael J. Vilbert, Joseph B. Wharton, Charles Gibbons, Melanie Rosenberg, and Yang Wei Neo
Prepared for The Energy Foundation
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.
Report
2013 Offer Review Trigger Prices Study
October 2013
Samuel A. Newell, Michael Hagerty, and Quincy X. Liao
Prepared for ISO New England
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)
Report
The Benefits of Electric Transmission: Identifying and Analyzing the Value of Investments
July 2013
Published by Working group for Investment in Reliable and Economic electric Systems (WIRES)
Report
Potential Implications of the AUC TCM Decision (2013-135) on the Alberta Electricity Market’s Economic Efficiency
May 2013
Johannes P. Pfeifenberger, Judy Chang, and Michael DeLucia
Prepared for Alberta Electric System Operator
Report
Integrated System Nodal Study: Costs & Revenues of ISO Membership
March 08, 2013
Prepared for Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Heartland Consumers Power District, and the Western Area Power Administration
Report
Estimating the Cost of Debt
March 04, 2013
Prepared for the Dampier Bunbury Pipeline
Report
Calculating the Equity Risk Premium and the Risk-free Rate
November 26, 2012
Prepared for NMa
Report
Framework for Assessing Capex and Opex Forecasts as Part of a “Building Blocks” Approach to Revenue/Price Determinations
June 2012
Prepared for the Australian Energy Market Commission
Article
Transmission’s True Value: Adding up the benefits of infrastructure investments
February 2012
Johannes P. Pfeifenberger and Delphine Hou
Published in Public Utilities Fortnightly
Report
Employment and Economic Benefits of Transmission Infrastructure Investment in the U.S. and Canada
May 2011
Johannes P. Pfeifenberger and Delphine Hou
Presented by WIRES in conjunction with The Brattle Group, Inc.
News & Knowledge
November 13, 2018
Kathleen Spees to Present at APPrO's 30th Annual Canadian Power Conference

Brattle Principal Kathleen Spees will speak at the Association of Power Producers in Ontario (APPrO) 30th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre on “Innovation and Disruption – Solving for X,” to be held November 12-13 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

August 06, 2018
Judy Chang to Speak at LSI Conference on Electric Power in the Southwest

Brattle Principal Judy Chang will speak at the Law Seminars International (LSI) Conference on Buying & Selling Electric Power in the Southwest, to be held August 6-7, 2018 in Santa Fe, NM.

July 15, 2018
Brattle Principals to Speak at NARUC Summer Policy Summit

Brattle Principals Judy Chang and Jurgen Weiss will speak at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Summer Policy Summit to be held July 15-18, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ.

April 30, 2018
Report by Brattle Economists Outlines Network Tariff Design Options for Victorian Distribution Networks

Brattle economists have authored a report for The Victorian Distribution Networks that discusses the principles for network tariff design and possible options for developing future network tariffs in competitive retail markets.

April 19, 2018
Robert Mudge to Discuss State of the Power Market at POWER Engineers Symposium

Brattle Principal Robert Mudge will present at the POWER Engineers Symposium, “The Evolving Energy Landscape: Transformation of the Power Market,” taking place April 19, 2018 in Weehawken, NJ.

April 17, 2018
Frank Graves and Hannes Pfeifenberger to Present at Gulf Coast Power Association's Spring Conference

Brattle Principals Frank Graves and Hannes Pfeifenberger will moderate sessions at the Gulf Coast Power Association’s (GCPA) 32nd Annual Spring Conference, taking place April 17-18, 2018 in Houston, TX.

January 19, 2018
The Brattle Group Introduces Its Newest Experts

The Brattle Group is pleased to introduce the seven exceptional experts who became Brattle principals over the past year.

January 12, 2018
Agustin Ros to Present at Rutgers CRRI Workshop on Regulation and Developments in Network Industries

Brattle Principal Agustin Ros will present at Rutgers University’s Center for Research in Regulated Industries’ (CRRI) workshop, “Regulation and Development in Network Industries,” taking place January 12, 2018 in Newark, NJ.

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 08, 2017
Jürgen Weiss and Ryan Hledik to Present at Oxford Institute for Energy Studies' Electricity Day

Brattle Principals Jürgen Weiss and Ryan Hledik will present at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies’ (OIES) Electricity Day, taking place November 8, 2017 in Oxford, England.

October 19, 2017
Onur Aydin Presents at Western Systems Power Pool Fall Operating Committee Meeting

Brattle Senior Associate Onur Aydin presented at the 2017 Western Systems Power Pool (WSPP) Fall Operating Committee Meeting that took place October 18-20, 2017 in San Diego, CA.

September 26, 2017
Sam Newell to Present at LSI Conference on Electric Power in the Northeast

Brattle Principal Sam Newell will present at Law Seminars International’s (LSI) 14th Annual Advanced Conference on Electric Power in the Northeast, taking place September 25-26, 2017 in Boston, MA and via webcast.

September 19, 2017
Brattle to Manage Purchase of Solar Photovoltaic Alternative Energy Credits on Behalf of FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania Utilities

Brattle economists will manage a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to purchase 71,000 Solar Photovoltaic Alternative Energy Certificates (SPAECs) annually over a two-year period on behalf of three of FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania Utilities, including Pennsylvania Power Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, and Metropolitan Edison Company.

September 12, 2017
Capturing Multiple Benefits of Batteries Could Add Significant Value to California Energy Storage, According to Brattle Economists

A report released today by Brattle economists finds that operating batteries to simultaneously capture benefits from multiple value streams (i.e., “stacked benefits”) could unlock significantly more value than using batteries to target only individual applications.

July 17, 2017
Michael Kline to Present at National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Summer Policy Summit

Brattle Senior Associate Michael Kline will present at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Summer Policy Summit, taking place July 17-19, 2017 in San Diego, CA.

June 29, 2017
Brattle’s Retail Energy Practice Analyzes Potential Response to the “Utility of the Future” in New Briefing Series

Brattle's Retail Energy Practice is producing a series of briefs that provide an integrated view into potential utility responses to the challenges and trends associated with the “Utility of the Future” (UoF).

June 21, 2017
Regulatory Economist Agustin J. Ros Joins The Brattle Group

The Brattle Group is pleased to announce that regulatory economist Dr. Agustin (Augie) Ros has joined the firm’s Boston, MA office as a principal.

June 20, 2017
Brattle Economists Contribute Two Articles to Energy Regulation Quarterly

Brattle economists have contributed two articles to the current issue of Energy Regulation Quarterly, a journal that provides a forum for debate and discussion on issues surrounding the regulated energy industries in Canada.

May 29, 2017
Ira Shavel to Present on Ratemaking and Distributed Energy Resources at Mowat Center Conference

Brattle Principal Ira Shavel will present at the Mowat Center’s Emerging Energy Trends Conference, taking place May 29, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.

February 08, 2017
Brattle Economists Discuss Impact of Default Residential Time-of-Use Rates in Ontario in Public Utilities Fortnightly Article

Brattle economists examine the first system wide rollout of TOU in Ontario, Canada and find that customers do shift load from more expensive peak period, to the cheaper off-peak period.

February 07, 2017
Onur Aydin Presents at Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit

Brattle Senior Associate Onur Aydin recently presented at the Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit on February 7-9, 2017 in San Diego, CA.

January 24, 2017
Metin Celebi to Present on the Future of Coal at ACAA Winter Membership Meeting

Brattle Principal Metin Celebi will present at the American Coal Ash Association’s (ACAA) 2017 Winter Membership Meeting, taking place January 24-25, 2017 in Jacksonville, FL.

January 20, 2017
Whitepaper by Brattle Economists Examines Effective Hedging Instruments for Renewable Resource Development

A whitepaper by Brattle economists 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.

January 11, 2017
Ahmad Faruqui to Present at UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center Seminar

Brattle Principal Ahmad Faruqui will lead a seminar on “The Tariffs of Tomorrow,” taking place on January 11, 2017 at the University of California, Davis Energy Efficiency Center in Davis, CA.