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Dr. Ros has more than 25 years of consulting and agency experience in regulatory and antitrust economics in the electricity, telecommunications and natural gas sectors.

He has led projects involving retail and wholesale electricity restructuring—including working on the Mexican wholesale electricity market design—examining competition issues in retail and wholesale electricity markets, and in broadband, wireline and mobile telecommunications markets. He has also led projects on estimating the cost of renewable and conventional generation and distributed resources, performance based regulation and total factor productivity analysis, cost of capital of natural gas pipelines, calculating economic damages and demand analysis and forecasting of electricity and distributed resources.  He has filed expert testimony and reports before the FERC, the FCC, U.S. and Canadian Public Utility Commissions and before competition and regulatory agencies in more than a dozen countries.      

His agency experience includes work at the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Mexican Competition Commission.  He is an Adjunct Professor at the International Business School at Brandeis University where he teaches a course on regulatory and global antitrust economics. He previously taught a similar course at Northeastern University.  He has published research on competition and regulatory issues in The Energy Journal, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Review of Industrial Organization, Review of Network Economics, Telecommunications Policy, and Info

Representative Engagements
Electricity Market Restructuring and Market Power Assessment

On behalf of the Mexican Energy Secretary, led a team of economists in the liberalization and market design of the Mexican wholesale electricity market and addressed issues such as identification of relevant markets, horizontal generation divestiture, economic dispatch, energy, capacity and REC auctions, vesting contracts, and financial transmission rights.

Expert Testimony on Utility Scale Solar Investments

Testified on behalf of the Virginia Power Company before the Virginia Corporation Commission on issues involving cost allocation and capacity value of intermittent utility-scale solar projects.

Expert Report on Transmission Interconnection Network Upgrade Costs

On behalf of the Staff of the Newfoundland and Labrador Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities examined issues involving the cost allocation and treatment of transmission network upgrade costs caused by new customer requests.

Expert Report on Broadband Competition

On behalf of Bragg Communications Inc. (c.o.b. Eastlink), Cogeco Communications Inc., Rogers Communications Canada Inc., Shaw Cablesystems G.P., and Videotron Ltd., analysis of the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission’s Final Rates for Aggregated Whoelsale High-Speed Access Services: Impact on Broadband Network Investment and Innovation.

Expert report on natural gas pipeline cost of capital

On behalf of Transportadora de Gas Natural de la Huasteca, S. de R.I. de C.V. before the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission: expert opinion on issues related to the appropriate allowed rate of return for the TGNH pipeline.

Expert Report on embedded and marginal cost of electricity service

On behalf of the Staff of the Newfoundland and Labrador Board of Commissioners, discussed the theory and implementation of marginal generation and transmission costs as well as embedded costs of service.  

Expert Testimony on the marginal costs of electricity service

On behalf of the Staff of the New Hampshire Public Utility Commissioner, testified on the theory and implementation of marginal electricity distribution costs.

Affidavit on electricity vertical and horizontal market power

On behalf of CFE International LLC before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission analysis on market-based rate authority application on vertical and horizontal market power issues in U.S. electricity markets.

Expert report on retail electricity competition

Expert report on behalf of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), before the ACCC: International experiences in retail electricity markets

Expert Testimony on Total Factor Productivity and Performance-Based Ratemaking in Electricity

Testified on behalf of the Public Utilities Commission of Alberta, Canada on total factor productivity estimates for U.S. electricity distribution companies for use in arriving at an X-factor in a price cap proceeding plan for the electricity distribution and transmission operators in Alberta.

Costing and Pricing of Smart-Grid and Smart-Grid Enabled Services

For a major utility in the U.S., was the lead economist in a study measuring the marginal costs of utility smart grids and smart grid-enabled services. Smart grids are being used as an input by the utility and third-parties to provide competitive smart-grid enabled services, such as smart streetlights, smart meters, and other smart city services. Addressed issues such as efficient input pricing, price floor, cross-subsidization, imputation/price squeeze, and common cost allocation.

Testimony

Before the state of New Hampshire on behalf of the Staff, Docket No. DE 19-057, on electricity marginal cost of service studies.

December 20, 2019

Before the Virginia Corporation Commission on behalf of the Virginia Power Company, Case No. PUR-2019-00104, rebuttal testimony on cost allocation of utility scale solar projects.

December 19, 2019

Before the state of New Hampshire on behalf of the Staff, Docket No. DE 19-064, on electricity marginal cost of service studies.

December 6, 2019

Before the Virginia Corporation Commission on behalf of the Virginia Power Company, Case No. PUR-2019-00104, direct testimony on cost allocation of utility scale solar projects.

July 1, 2019
Publications
Presentation
Empirical Assessment of the Demand for Residential Solar Distributed Generation and the Impact of Electricity Rate Design Reform
January 17, 2020
Agustin J. Ros , Ahmad Faruqui, and Cecile Bourbonnais
Presented to Rutgers University Center for Research in Regulated Industries
Presentation
Volumetric Residential Rates: Socially Regressive or Progressive
June 13, 2019
Presented at the Harvard Electricity Policy Group
Article
Economic Framework for Compensating Distributed Energy Resources: Theory and Practice
October 2018
Agustin J. Ros , Romkaew P. Broehm, and Philip Q Hanser
Published in The Electricity Journal
Presentation
Retail Choice: Ripe for Reform?
July 23, 2018
Frank C. Graves, Agustin J. Ros , Sanem Sergici, Kathryn Haderlein, and Rebecca Carroll
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.

The study reviews the current state of markets for Retail Electric Choice in the United States.

Report
International Experiences in Retail Electricity Markets: Consumer Issues
June 2018
Prepared for The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

The Brattle Group was commissioned to write a paper on retail electric markets for the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Article
The Future of the Electric Grid and its Regulation: Some Considerations
March 2018
Agustin J. Ros and Carl Peterson
Published in the March 2018 Issue of The Electricity Journal

The article discusses the evolving utility business model based on the future of the electric grid, as well as the alternative regulatory platform that will need to develop to ensure that the business model reaches its full potential.

Presentation
Retail Electricity and Gas Competition: Regulatory and Market Update
December 15, 2017
Agustin J. Ros , Ahmad Faruqui, Neil Lessem, and Rebecca Carroll
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.

The analysis examines those states in the U.S. and Canada that permit full (residential, commercial, and industrial) and partial retail choice and the share of customers and load served by retail electricity providers since 2005.

Article
An Econometric Assessment of Electricity Demand in the United States Using Utility-specific Panel Data and the Impact of Retail Competition on Prices
August 23, 2017
Published in The Energy Journal, Volume 38, Number 4
The article estimates electricity demand elasticity for different customer classes as well as the price effects from unbundled wholesale generation in conjunction with retail competition in the United States during the period 1972-2009.
Article
The Impact of Asymmetric Mobile Regulation in Colombia
2013
Agustin J. Ros and Douglas Umana
Published in Info, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 54-65
Article
An Econometric Assessment of Telecommunications Prices and Consumer Surplus in Mexico using Panel Data
2013
Agustin J. Ros and Jerry A. Hausman
Published in the Journal of Regulatory Economics, Vol. 43, pp. 284-304
Article
North American Performance-Base Regulation for the 21st Century
May 2012
Agustin J. Ros , Jeff D. Makholm, and Stephen Collins
Published in Electricity Journal, Vol. 25, Issue 4
Article
The Determinants of Pricing in the Mexican Domestic Airline Sector: The Impact of Competition and Airport Congestion
2011
Published in the Review of Industrial Organization, Vol. 38:1, pp. 43-60
Article
Anticipating Merger Guidelines from Mexico’s Commission on Competition
2010
Agustin J. Ros and Elizabeth M. Bailey
Published in the International Antitrust Bulletin, Vol. 4
Article
Patterns in Global Fixed and Mobile Telecommunications Development: A Cluster Analysis
2004
Agustin J. Ros and Aniruddha Banerjee
Published in Telecommunications Policy, Vol. 28, pp. 270-286
Article
The Impact of the Regulatory Process and Price Cap Regulation in Latin American Telecommunications Markets
2003
Published in the Review of Network Economics, Vol. 2, pp. 270-286
Article
Telecommunications Privatization and Tariff Rebalancing: Evidence from Latin America
2000
Agustin J. Ros and Aniruddha Banerjee
Published in Telecommunications Policy, Vol. 24, pp. 233-252
Article
Does Ownership or Competition Matter? The Effects of Telecommunications Reform on Network Expansion and Efficiency
1999
Published in the Journal of Regulatory Economics, Vol.15, pp. 65-92
News & Events
August 18, 2020
Brattle Principal Examines Whether Electricity Competition Works For Residential Consumers

Brattle Principal Agustin J. Ros has published an article in the Journal of Regulatory Economics titled “Does Electricity Competition Work for Residential Consumers? Evidence from Demand Models for Default and Competitive Residential Electricity Services.”

June 10, 2020
Agustin Ros to Join Webinar on Future of Power Projects in Mexico

Brattle Principal Agustin Ros will join a webinar on “Cross-Border Energy Update: Recent Government Policy Changes and the Future of Power Projects in Mexico,” which will take place June 10 at 8:00 a.m. (PT)/11:00 a.m. (ET).

February 09, 2020
Agustin Ros and Ryan Hledik to Speak on Utility Regulations at NARUC Winter Policy Summit

Brattle Principals Agustin Ros and Ryan Hledik will join panels to discuss electric cost allocation and regulatory considerations for load flexibility at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Winter Policy Summit, which will take place February 9–12 in Washington, DC.

June 13, 2019
Jurgen Weiss and Agustin J. Ros to Speak at Harvard Electricity Policy Group Session

Brattle Principals Jurgen Weiss and Agustin J. Ros will speak at the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG) 95th Plenary Session, to be held June 13-14 in Cambridge, MA.

May 30, 2019
Agustin J. Ros to Present at Annual Rutgers CRRI Eastern Conference

Brattle Principal Agustin J. Ros will speak at the 38th Annual Rutgers Center for Research in Regulated Industries (CRRI) Annual Eastern Conference, to be held May 29-31 in Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania.

January 08, 2019
Brattle Economists Author Two Articles for a Special Issue of The Electricity Journal on Rate Design

Two Brattle-authored articles have been published in the October 2018 issue of The Electricity Journal.

November 16, 2018
Agustin Ros to Present at CRRI Advanced Workshop in Regulation and Competition

Brattle Principal Agustin J. Ros will speak at the Advanced Workshop in Regulation and Competition at Rutgers University’s Center for Research in Regulated Industries (CRRI), to be held November 16 in Newark, NJ.

October 30, 2018
Brattle Economists Outline a System for Compensating Distributed Energy Resources in Electricity Journal Article

Brattle Principals Agustin J. Ros, Romkaew Broehm, and Phil Hanser have authored an article published in The Electricity Journal, which discusses the costing and pricing methodology that distribution utilities and policymakers should use when paying Distributed Energy Resource (DER) owners for surplus energy production.

July 23, 2018
Study by Brattle Economists Outlines Recommendations for Improving Retail Electric Choice

Brattle economists have released a study that reviews the current state of markets for Retail Electric Choice in the United States, noting that it is under criticism in some regions while up for reconsideration in others that had previously put it aside.

July 22, 2018
Brattle Principals to Present at EEI's Electric Rates Advanced Course

Brattle Principals Phil Hanser, Agustin Ros, and Bente Villadsen will present at the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Electric Rates Advanced Course, to be held July 22-25, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin.

July 12, 2018
Brattle Experts' Report on Retail Electricity Market Design Used by ACCC in Electricity Pricing Report

The Brattle Group was recently commissioned to write a paper on retail electric markets for the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC). Brattle’s report discussed policy options for protecting customers and promoting retail competition that have been successfully implemented by other jurisdictions around the world.

March 28, 2018
Agustin Ros Examines Grid Modernization's Impacts on Regulation and Business Models in Electricity Journal Article

Brattle Principal Agustin J. Ros has co-authored an article published in the March 2018 issue of The Electricity Journal that discusses the evolving utility business model based on the future of the electric grid, as well as the alternative regulatory platform that will need to develop to ensure that the business model reaches its full potential.

March 20, 2018
Agustin Ros to Present on Consumer Choice and Rate Design at World Forum on Energy Policy

Brattle Principal Agustin Ros will present at the World Forum on Energy Regulation (WFER), taking place March 20-23, 2018 in Cancun, Mexico.

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 15, 2017
Brattle Economists Provide Update on U.S. and Canada Retail Electric and Gas Competition

Brattle economists Agustin Ros, Ahmad Faruqui, Rebecca Carroll, and Neil Lessem have undertaken a comprehensive review of retail electricity and natural gas competition in the U.S. and Canada.

August 23, 2017
Agustin J. Ros Authors Energy Journal Article on U.S. Electricity Demand and Impact of Competition on Prices

Principal Agustin J. Ros has authored an article published in The Energy Journal that estimates electricity demand elasticity for different customer classes as well as the price effects from unbundled wholesale generation in conjunction with retail competition in the United States during the period 1972-2009.

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.