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Dr. Van Horn is an associate at The Brattle Group with experience in the analysis and modeling of wholesale electric markets, electricity market design, and policy and regulatory support. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where he focused on designing algorithms for improving electricity system reliability. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Van Horn was an engineering consultant at Waterborne Environmental, Inc. and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in northern Zambia.

Publications
Presentation
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
Presentation
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
Report
Market Power Mitigation Mechanisms for the Wholesale Electricity Market in Western Australia
November 01, 2016
Prepared for the Public Utilities Office of the Government of Western Australia's Department of Finance

The report evaluates mechanisms for mitigating market power in the reformed wholesale energy market scheduled for July 2017 implementation in Western Australia’s South West Interconnect System.

Report
Senate Bill 350 Study: The Impacts of a Regional ISO-Operated Power Market on California
July 12, 2016
Judy Chang, Johannes P. Pfeifenberger, Mariko Geronimo Aydin, Onur Aydin, Kai Van Horn, David Luke Oates, Lauren Regan, Peter Cahill, and Colin McIntyre
Prepared for the California Independent System Operator. Co-authored by members of The California Independent System Operator, Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc., Berkeley Economic Advising and Research, LLC, and Aspen Environmental Group.
Presentation
Transmission To Capture Geographic Diversity of Renewables: Cost Savings Associated with Interconnecting Systems with High Renewables Penetration
May 06, 2014
Presented to TransForum West, San Diego, CA
News & Events
April 03, 2019
Report by Brattle Economists Assesses Impacts of Renewable Integration on Maintaining Resource Adequacy

In a new report prepared for DTE Energy, economists at global economic consulting firm The Brattle Group assess the potential impact of changes to system reliability and operational needs brought about by the shifting resource mix and integration of intermittent renewable resources in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

March 06, 2019
New Brattle Report on Alternative Energy Portfolios for the City of Memphis Highlights Opportunities and Challenges related to 100% Renewable Power Supply

A new report by economists at The Brattle Group uses a detailed power system model to examine alternative power supply portfolios for the City of Memphis, including several 100% renewable portfolios by 2050. 

November 01, 2016
Report by Brattle Economists Reviews Market Power Mitigation Mechanisms for Wholesale Electricity Market in Western Australia

A report authored by Brattle economists evaluates mechanisms for mitigating market power in the reformed wholesale energy market scheduled for July 2017 implementation in Western Australia’s South West Interconnect System.

July 12, 2016
Study Co-Authored by Brattle Economists Examines Impacts of a Regional Power Market in the Western U.S. for California ISO

Brattle economists have co-authored a new study that provides a comprehensive examination of the impacts of transforming the California Independent System Operator into a multistate, regional ISO.