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Electric Transmission

The Brattle Group is an industry leader in analyzing the regulatory and financial challenges surrounding transmission operations, planning, pricing, siting, and cost-benefit analyses.

We bring a deep understanding of the transmission system’s technical characteristics, applicable regulatory frameworks, and surrounding market structures. Our clients include regulated and merchant transmission companies, transmission customers, generators, independent transmission system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs), trade associations, and government entities in North America and Europe.

Our recent experience includes designing and evaluating regional transmission tariffs, evaluating the benefits of new transmission projects, reviewing mergers and acquisitions among transmission companies, assessing congestion pricing, and improving market monitoring to facilitate nondiscriminatory network access. We provide both strategic evaluations and expert testimony.

Areas of Expertise

Transmission Topology Optimization
February 19, 2018
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Modeling the 1-Step and 2-Step Dispatch Approaches to Account for GHG Emissions from EIM Transfers to Serve CAISO Load
November 17, 2017
Prepared for the California ISO
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).

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
Modelling Enhancements for CAISO Transmission Planning
October 06, 2017
Judy Chang, Johannes P. Pfeifenberger, Kai Van Horn, Michael Hagerty, John Imon Pedtke, and Jesse Cohen
Prepared for LS Power
Well-Planned Transmission to Integrate Customer Needs and Resources
July 14, 2017
Presented at WIRES
How Wholesale Power Markets and State Environmental Policies Can Work Together
July 10, 2017
Published in Utility Dive
Comments of Dr. Samuel Newell to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Regarding State Policies and Wholesale Markets Operated by ISO New England Inc., New York Independent System Operator, Inc., and PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.
May 02, 2017
Prepared for the FERC Technical Conference
Dr. Newell's comments describe how wholesale power markets and state policies can work together to achieve decarbonization objectives and reliability objectives at a low cost.
Future for Competitive Transmission: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go From Here?
October 05, 2016
Presented at the Energy Bar Association's (EBA) 2016 Mid-Year Energy Forum
Improved Transmission Planning for a Carbon-Constrained Future
September 01, 2016
Published on Brink
An article examining the need for improved transmission planning that increases flexibility to comply with evolving future regulations, while meeting anticipated policy goals at lower costs and lower risks for customers.
Benefits and Costs of Integration in Transmission/Transportation Networks: An Application to Eastern Australia Gas Markets
August 01, 2016
Prepared for APA Group
The report authored by Brattle economists on behalf of APA Group reviews integration in APA’s pipeline operations in Eastern Australia since the acquisition of Epic Energy in December 2012, and identifies the economic costs and benefits associated with integration.
Benefits of the Southwest Intertie Project-North (SWIP North)
March 31, 2016
Prepared for Great Basin Transmission, LLC
Benefit-Cost Analysis of Proposed New York AC Transmission Upgrades
September 15, 2015
Presented to NYISO and DPS Staff
Investment Trends and Fundamentals in U.S. Transmission and Electricity Infrastructure
July 17, 2015
Presented to the JP Morgan Investor Conference
Lake Erie Connector Market Assessment Report
May 2015
Prepared for ITC Lake Erie Connector LLC
Electricity Baseline Report for the US Power System
April 2015
Prepared for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Toward More Effective Transmission Planning: Addressing the Costs and Risks of an Insufficiently Flexible Electricity Grid
April 2015
Prepared for WIRES
Dynamics and Opportunities in Transmission Development
December 02, 2014
Presented to TransForum East, Washington, DC
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
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)
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)
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
Review of EIPC’s Phase 1 Report
May 22, 2012
Prepared for the Working Group for Investment in Reliable and Economic Electric Systems (WIRES)
Seams Cost Allocation: A Flexible Framework to Support Interregional Transmission Planning
April 2012
Johannes P. Pfeifenberger and Delphine Hou
Prepared for Southwest Power Pool Regional State Committee
Transmission’s True Value: Adding up the benefits of infrastructure investments
February 2012
Johannes P. Pfeifenberger and Delphine Hou
Published in Public Utilities Fortnightly
Summary of Transmission Project Cost Control Mechanisms in Selected U.S. Power Markets
October 2011
Johannes P. Pfeifenberger and Delphine Hou
Prepared for the Alberta Electric System Operator
BSC Modification 229: Potential interactions with options for changes to transmission charging
May 23, 2011
Prepared for Ofgem
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
February 27, 2018
Johannes Pfeifenberger to Present at Electric Reliability Council of Texas' Market Summit

Brattle Principal Johannes Pfeifenberger will present at the 6th annual Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ (ERCOT) Market Summit, taking place February 27 to March 1, 2018 in Austin, TX.

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 12, 2017
Judy Chang to Discuss Economic and System Benefits from Regionalization at Transmission Summit West

Brattle Principal Judy Chang will present at the 9th Annual Transmission Summit West, taking place October 11-13, 2017 in San Diego, CA.

September 21, 2017
Brattle Study for National Grid Shows Topology Optimization Can Help Relieve Major Transmission Constraints in Great Britain

A team of Brattle experts has been engaged by National Grid Electricity Transmission to study the potential of topology optimization to aid in increasing transfer capability and reducing constraint management costs in the Great Britain Transmission System.

May 25, 2017
Philip Hanser to Present at LSI Conference on Electric Transmission in the West

Brattle Principal Philip Hanser will present at Law Seminars International’s (LSI) conference “Electric Transmission in the West,” taking place May 25-26, 2017 in Portland, OR and via webcast.

May 02, 2017
Brattle Economist Optimistic About Role of Wholesale Power Markets in Helping States Implement Energy Policy Goals

In responses to questions posed at today’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Technical Conference, Brattle Principal Dr. Samuel Newell describes how wholesale power markets and state policies can work together to achieve decarbonization objectives and reliability objectives at a low cost.

October 05, 2016
Judy Chang to Speak at Energy Bar Association’s Mid-Year Energy Forum

Brattle Principal Judy Chang will participate in the Energy Bar Association’s (EBA) Mid-Year Energy Forum, taking place October 5-6, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

September 01, 2016
Brattle Economists Discuss Importance of Improved Transmission Planning in Brink Article

Hannes Pfeifenberger, Judy Chang, and Onur Aydin have authored an article published on Brink that examines the need for improved transmission planning that increases flexibility to comply with evolving future regulations, while meeting anticipated policy goals at lower costs and lower risks for customers.

June 06, 2016
Effective Transmission Planning to Address Changing Generation Landscape Could Significantly Reduce Customer Costs, According to Report by Brattle Economists

A new report released today by Brattle Principals Judy Chang and Johannes Pfeifenberger finds that reforming the U.S. electric transmission planning and development process to address the evolving energy generation landscape could save customers up tens of billion dollars annually in overall cost savings.

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.

January 27, 2016
Brattle Economists Provide Review of Southwest Power Pool’s Value of Transmission Study

Economists at The Brattle Group have authored a letter that provides a review of Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) newly-released “Value of Transmission” study.

November 09, 2015
Onur Aydin Presents on Transmission Expansion at EUCI Conference

Brattle senior associate Onur Aydin recently presented at the EUCI Conference, “Transmission Expansion in the Midwest,” taking place November 9-10, 2015 in Indianapolis, IN.

September 30, 2015
Judy Chang to Present at Gulf Coast Power Association 30th Annual Fall Conference

Brattle principal Judy Chang will speak on changes in transmission planning at the upcoming Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA) Annual Fall Conference, taking place September 30-October 1, 2015 in Austin, TX.

September 02, 2015
Brattle Report Cited in Utility Dive Article on Energy Storage in the Texas Market

A November 2014 Brattle report was recently featured in a Utility Dive article discussing the possibility of Texas market rules holding back utilities from deploying cost-effective energy storage.

July 20, 2015
Brattle Economists Show Record $20 Billion in Annual U.S. Transmission Investments Will be Sustained Over Next Several Years

Economists at The Brattle Group have released an updated study showing that transmission investment in the United States will remain strong over the next decade, with a projected $20 billion investment required annually over the next several years and at least $120 billion to $180 billion needed over the next decade.

April 23, 2015
Delaying Investment in U.S. Transmission Infrastructure Can Result in Higher Costs and Increased Risks, According to Report by Brattle Economists

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.

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.

March 11, 2015
Sam Newell to Present at University of Houston Symposium on Energy Reliability and Security

Brattle principal Sam Newell will participate in a panel discussion at the Global Energy Management Institute’s (GEMI) upcoming Symposium on Reliability and Security Across the Energy Value Chain. Hosted by the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business, the event will take place on March 11, 2015 in Houston, TX.

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.

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.