Dr. Spees is a Principal at The Brattle Group with expertise in wholesale electricity and environmental policy design and analysis.

Her work for market operators, regulators, regulated utilities, and market participants focuses on:

  • Wholesale Power Market Reform
  • Capacity Market Design
  • Wholesale Energy and Ancillary Service Market Design
  • Carbon and Environmental Policy
  • Generation and Transmission Asset Valuation
  • Analysis of Emerging Technologies and Specialized Products

Dr. Spees has worked in more than a dozen international jurisdictions supporting the design and enhancement of environmental policies and wholesale power markets. Her clients include electricity system operators in PJM, Midcontinent, New England, Ontario, New York, Alberta, Texas, Italy, and Australia. Electricity market design assignments involve ensuring adequacy of capacity and energy market investment incentives to achieve reliability objectives at least cost; designing carbon and clean energy policies that effectively interact with wholesale electricity markets; enhancing operational reliability and efficiency through energy market, scarcity pricing, and ancillary service market improvements; effectively integrating intermittent renewables, storage, demand response, and other emerging technologies; evaluating benefits and costs of industry reform initiatives; and enhancing efficiency at market interties.

For system operators and regulators, Dr. Spees provides expert support through stakeholder forums, independent public reports, and testimony in regulatory proceedings. For utilities and market participants, her assignments support business strategy, investment decisions, asset transactions, contract negotiation, regulatory proceedings, and litigation. Dr. Spees has developed and applied a wide range of analytical and modeling tools to inform these policy, market design, and business decisions.

Dr. Spees earned her PhD in Engineering and Public Policy within the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center and her MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her BS in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Practices
Education

Carnegie Mellon University, PhD in Engineering and Public Policy and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Iowa State University, BS in Mechanical Engineering and Physics

Testimony

August 19, 2021

Kathleen Spees, Samuel Newell

Written testimony of Kathleen Spees and Samuel A. Newell before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on behalf of the Natural Resource Defense Council, the Sustainable FERC Project, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, regarding the economic impacts of the expansive minimum offer price rule within the PJM capacity market, Docket No. ER21-2582-000.

November 18, 2020

Kathleen Spees, Samuel Newell

Written testimony of Kathleen Spees and Samuel Newell before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on behalf of the Natural Resource Defense Council, the Sustainable FERC Project, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, American Wind Energy Association, Alliance for Clean Energy New York, and Advanced Energy Economy, regarding the economic impacts of buyer side mitigation in the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) capacity market, Docket No. EL21-7-000

October 2018

Kathleen Spees, Samuel Newell

Direct testimony of Kathleen Spees and Samuel Newell before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on behalf of Dominion Energy Services, regarding the need for a self-supply exemption from minimum offer price and other policy-supported resource rules, Docket Nos. EL16-49-000, ER18-1314-000, ER18-1314-001, and ER18-178-000

January 13, 2017

Kathleen Spees, Samuel Newell

Before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Docket No. ER17-284-000, Response of Dr. Samuel A. Newell, Dr. Kathleen Spees, and Dr. David Luke Oates on Behalf of Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) regarding the Competitive Retail Solution.