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Renewable & Alternative Energy

The Brattle Group works with grid operators, generation owners, utilities, renewable energy investors, transmission companies and RTOs, governments, and trade associations to understand, prepare for, and guide the development of markets to accommodate and facilitate the increasing use of renewable energy resources.

Renewable power generation technologies have been the fastest-growing generation segment across many countries in recent years, due to a combination of government policies and falling costs. However, this rapid growth has raised new questions that often challenge the existing regulations and contractual norms.

Our experts provide advice and analysis on the economics, finance, and market regulation associated with renewable energy resources. We bring the combined experience of traditional power market evaluation methods (market design, resource planning, climate change analyses, valuation and financial analyses, portfolio tools, risk management, forecasting, etc.) plus knowledge of renewable energy technologies, implications of public policies, system operations, and an understanding of the interactions among them.

EVENT

Brattle Principal Metin Celebi will speak at the Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. (EUCI) Modernizing PURPA conference, which will be held September 9-10 in Denver, CO.

NEWS

Through a competitive bidding process conducted by economists at The Brattle Group, FirstEnergy Corp.’s (NYSE: FE) subsidiaries Metropolitan Edison Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, and Pennsylvania Power Company have successfully solicited contracts for Solar Photovoltaic Alternative Energy Credits (SPAECs) covering the 2020 and 2021 energy years.

Engagements
REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS

Below is a list of representative engagements for our Renewable & Alternative Energy practice.

Regional renewable energy analysis
For the State of Connecticut, Brattle consultants authored the state’s 2009, 2010, and 2012 Integrated Resource Plan report. The Brattle team provided a long-term view and detailed analysis of the resource potential in New England, and compared several resource procurement approaches against potential future scenarios. This culminated in policy recommendations for generation resource procurement over a 10-year horizon. A key component of this effort was an analysis of the New England renewable energy market, including an examination of the renewable supply potential in the region, a detailed evaluation of short-term and long-term supply and demand balance for regional renewable energy, and the potential effect of transmission investment choices on renewable energy development.
Renewable integration analysis and model development

For a utility in the Western U.S., Brattle experts assessed the potential compensating resource needs and costs associated with integrating intermittent resources into the regional system. We designed and managed the development of the first user-interactive evaluation tool to estimate the investment and operational cost associated with increasing regulation, load-following, day-ahead scheduling, and ramping services that will be needed with increasing intermittent resources that have generation output that can be unpredictable and variable in nature. The framework and mechanics of the model have been presented before the California Public Utility Commission’s Stakeholder workshops, with results of scenarios discussed at various forums.

Wind curtailment analysis
For several wind generation owners, Brattle analyzed reasons offered for wind plant curtailment and how curtailments are deemed to relate to the operational requirements and the allocation of transmission rights. An expert report and oral testimony were presented before an arbitration panel regarding the likely financial damages resulting from wind curtailment.
Analyses of transmission investments to facilitate renewable expansion
For several clients, Brattle consultants have analyzed the benefits of transmission investments to facilitate the development of remotely located renewable resources. The results of one of these studies, “Transmission Super Highway: Benefits of Extra High Voltage Transmission Overlays in the Midwest,” have been cited as some of the most significant evidence to date that renewable resources offer an economically-feasible response to escalating energy demands in a carbon-regulated environment. This report has been presented to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to support the need for new transmission development to enable states to meet their renewable portfolio standards (RPS).
Experts
Publications
Presentation
Load Serving Entities: What Could Transition Toward a Load Serving Entity Model Mean for Ontario?
June 2019
Presented at Electricity Marketplace of the Future IESO Stakeholder Summit
Presentation
Value of Capacity and Market Trends During Rapid Transformation To Clean Energy
June 5, 2019
Presented at ESIG Meteorology & Market Design for Grid Services Workshop
Article
Expanding Customer Choices in a Renewable Energy Future
May 2019
Published in "Leadership and Rate Design" - A Supplement to the APPA Public Power Magazine
Presentation
Grid Modernization: Policy, Market Trends and Directions Forward
May 21, 2019
Presented at 4th Annual Grid Modernization Forum
Presentation
Managing Price Risk for Merchant Renewable Investments
April 30, 2019
Presented at EIA Electricity Pricing Workshop
Presentation
Regional Energy Markets and Flexibility
April 1, 2019
Presented at National Hydropower Association's Waterpower Week in Washington
Presentation
Achieving High Penetration Renewables in New England
March 7, 2019
Presented at NECA Renewable Energy Conference
Report
Presentation
Accelerating the Renewable Energy Transformation: Role of Green Power Tariffs and Blockchain
February 25, 2019
Sanem Sergici and Marty Turrin
Presented to EUCI Southeast Clean Power Summit
Presentation
Reinventing Demand Response for the Age of Renewable Energy
December 14, 2018
Presentation
Reviewing Grid Modernization Investments: Summary of Recent Methods and Projects
December 4, 2018
Sanem Sergici, Michelle Li, and Rebecca Carroll
Presented to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
Presentation
The Cutting Edge in Resource Planning
November 12, 2018
Presented to the Solar Energy Industries Association
Presentation
Seeking a Landing Point: Transmission Needs for U.S. Offshore Wind Generation
October 16, 2018
Presented at Offshore WINDPOWER Conference
Presentation
U.S. Offshore Wind Generation and Transmission Needs: September 2018 Update
September 2018
Report
Beyond Zero Net Energy? Alternative Approaches to Enhance Consumer and Environmental Outcomes
June 20, 2018
Ryan Hledik, Toshiki Bruce Tsuchida, and John Palfreyman
Prepared for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The study finds that a flexible approach to meeting Zero Net Energy (ZNE) goals could benefit consumers and the environment.

Presentation
U.S. Offshore Wind Generation and Transmission Needs
May 23, 2018
Presented to the Offshore Wind Transmission, USA Conference

An analysis of U.S. offshore wind developments by Brattle economists shows that state policymakers in the northeastern U.S. are now committed to procure approximately 8,000 MW of offshore wind generation over the next decade.

Article
The Electrified Future is Shared: Mobility Services Could Change Electrification's Pace, Shape
February 2018
This article appeared in the Mid-February 2018 issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly. Permission granted by publisher.

The article discusses how mobility services could change electrification’s pace and shape.

Article
The Electrification Accelerator: Understanding the Implications of Autonomous Vehicles for Electric Utilities
January 04, 2018
Will Gorman, Tony Lee, Jürgen Weiss, Ryan Hledik, and Roger Lueken
Published in The Electricity Journal

This article discusses the implications autonomous vehicles, ride sharing/ride hailing, and electric vehicles (EVs) may have for electric utilities and the utility business model.

Report
Comments on Expanding CES Eligibility to Existing Nuclear Units
November 30, 2017
Onur Aydin, Metin Celebi, David Luke Oates, Tony Lee, and Kelly Oh
Prepared for NextEra Energy Resources, and presented to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in response to the proposed Clean Energy Standard-Existing (CES-E)

The report evaluates the cost and emission impacts of retaining existing clean generators through a Clean Energy Standard (CES) program.

Presentation
Electrification: Opportunities for Multiple Win Wins (Executive Forum)
October 05, 2017
Presented to Executive Forum: Business Collaboration to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Markets
Presentation
Transmission Planning Strategies to Accommodate Renewables
September 11, 2017
Presented at Energy Utility Consultants, Inc. (EUCI) Conference on Renewable Energy Grid Operations
Report
Renewable Energy Growth Program Analysis
May 12, 2017
Prepared for the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and the Distributed

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) and Distributed Generation Board engaged The Brattle Group to conduct a study to assess the economic, jobs, and environmental impacts of the Renewable Energy Growth (REG) Program years 2015 and 2016 as well as to estimate, based on the experience with program years 2015 and 2016, the expected impacts of the overall REG program between 2015 and 2019.

Article
Using Electric And Gas Forwards To Manage Market Risks
May 2017
Published in North American Windpower
Presentation
Hurry or Wait? Pacing the Roll-Out of Renewables in the face of Climate Change
April 13, 2017
Presented at Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy's Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Article
The Practicality of Distributed PV-Battery Systems to Reduce Household Grid Reliance
April 06, 2017
Philip Q Hanser, Roger Lueken, Will Gorman , and James Mashal
Published in Utilities Policy
This article discusses how low-cost solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery electricity storage can potentially bring about fundamental shifts in the structure of the U.S. power sector.
Presentation
Electrification: Emerging Opportunities for Load Growth
April 03, 2017
Presented at the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) Conference on Transportation Electrification
Article
PV, The Incentives After the Constitutional Court Decision
February 01, 2017
Published in the January 27, 2017 issue of Quotidiano Energia

This article discusses the quantification of damages through arbitration by international investors of renewable energy projects, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV) plants.

Presentation
The Role of RTO/ISO Markets in Facilitating Renewable Generation Development
December 08, 2016
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.

This Brattle presentation illustrates how the U.S. electric power industry has been investing in renewable resources well beyond states’ renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and targets.

Presentation
Western Regional Market Developments: Impact on Renewable Generation Investments and Balancing Costs
October 19, 2016
Presented at the 9th Annual Large Solar Conference
Report
Enabling Canadian Electricity Imports for Clean Power Plan Compliance: Technical Guidance for U.S. State Policymakers
June 28, 2016
Prepared for the Canadian Electricity Association, Canadian Hydropower Association, Canadian Wind Energy Association, Emera Incorporated, Government of Canada, Government of Québec, Manitoba Hydro, Nalcor Energy, and Powerex Corporation
Report
Clean Energy Resource Options for Massachusetts: Overall Recommendations
June 21, 2016
Project Funded by the Barr Foundation
Report
Review of the Renewable Denton Plan: Final Report
June 10, 2016
Prepared for City Manager George Campbell, City of Denton, Texas
Report
LNG and Renewable Power: Risk and Opportunity in a Changing World
January 15, 2016
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Report
Comparative Generation Costs of Utility-Scale and Residential-Scale PV in Xcel Energy Colorado’s Service Area
July 2015
Prepared for First Solar
Article
Hurry or Wait – The Pros and Cons of Going Fast or Slow on Climate Change
July 2015
Eleanor Denny and Jürgen Weiss
Published in The Economists' Voice, Volume 12, Issue 1
Report
Integrating Renewable Energy into the Electricity Grid: Case studies showing how system operators are maintaining reliability
June 2015
Prepared for the Advanced Energy Economy Institute
Report
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Policy Review for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
May 2015
Jürgen Weiss, Ahmad Faruqui, Ryan Hledik, Neil Lessem, Greg Wikler, Surya Swamy, Keith Downes, Jon Strahl, Amjad Alkam, and John Gulliver
Prepared for The Electricity and Co-generation Regulatory Authority
Report
Nebraska Renewable Energy Exports: Challenges and Opportunities
December 12, 2014
Prepared for the Nebraska Power Review Board
Article
Germany’s Energiewende Enjoys Broad Support, But Policy and Technical Challenges Must be Solved
December 2014
Published in Climate Change Business Journal, Volume VII
Report
Solar Energy Support in Germany: A Closer Look
July 30, 2014
Prepared for the Solar Energy Industries Association
Article
How Will The EPA's Clean Power Plan Impact Wind?
July 01, 2014
Published in North American Windpower
Report
Exploring Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT, Part III: The Role of Demand Response, Energy Efficiency, and Combined Heat & Power
May 29, 2014
Ira H. Shavel, Peter S. Fox-Penner, Ryan Hledik, Pablo Ruiz, Yingxia Yang, Jürgen Weiss, and Rebecca Carroll
Prepared for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC)
Report
Exploring Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT Part II: Future Generation Scenarios for Texas
December 10, 2013
Ira H. Shavel, Jürgen Weiss, Peter S. Fox-Penner, Pablo Ruiz, Yingxia Yang, Jake Zahniser-Word, and Rebecca Carroll
Prepared for The Texas Clean Energy Coalition
Report
A Learning Investment-Based Analysis of the Economic Potential for Offshore Wind: The Case of the United States
February 28, 2013
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Report
The Potential Impact of Solar PV on Electricity Markets in Texas
June 19, 2012
Prepared for the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Energy Foundation
News & Knowledge
September 09, 2019
Metin Celebi to Present at the EUCI Modernizing PURPA Conference

Brattle Principal Metin Celebi will speak at the Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. (EUCI) Modernizing PURPA conference, which will be held September 9-10 in Denver, CO.

July 15, 2019
Judy Chang to Present at LSI Electric Power in the Southwest Conference

Brattle Principal Judy Chang will speak at the Law Seminars International (LSI) 16th Annual Conference on Electric Power in the Southwest, which will be held July 15-16 in Santa Fe, NM.

June 20, 2019
Judy Chang to Present at the Proximo Canada Power & Renewables Exchange

Brattle Principal Judy Chang will speak at the Proximo Canada Power & Renewables Exchange, to be held June 20 in Toronto, Canada.

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 31, 2019
Brattle Economists Discuss the Importance of Customer Flexibility in a Future of Renewable Energy

Brattle Principal Ahmad Faruqui and Senior Associate Mariko Geronimo Aydin have co-authored an article published in the American Public Power Association’s “Leadership in Rate Design” supplement to the May/June issue of the Public Power Magazine.

May 21, 2019
Sanem Sergici to Present at Grid Modernization Forum

Brattle Principal Sanem Sergici will speak at the 4th Annual Grid Modernization Forum, to be held May 20-22 in Chicago, IL.

April 30, 2019
Bente Villadsen and Onur Aydin to Participate in EIA Electricity Pricing Webinar

Brattle Principal Bente Villadsen and Brattle Senior Associate Onur Aydin will participate in the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) 10th Electricity Pricing Working Group: Risk Management in Today’s Markets, to be held April 30.

April 05, 2019
Brattle Assists FirstEnergy Pennsylvania Utilities to Complete Purchase of Solar Photovoltaic Alternative Energy Credits

Through a competitive bidding process conducted by economists at The Brattle Group, FirstEnergy Corp.’s (NYSE: FE) subsidiaries Metropolitan Edison Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, and Pennsylvania Power Company have successfully solicited contracts for Solar Photovoltaic Alternative Energy Credits (SPAECs) covering the 2020 and 2021 energy years.

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.

April 01, 2019
Judy Chang Presents at National Hydropower Association's Waterpower Week

Brattle Principal Judy Chang spoke during the National Hydropower Association’s (NHA’s) Waterpower Week on April 1 in Washington, DC.

March 07, 2019
Judy Chang to Present at Northeast Energy and Commerce Association Renewable Energy Conference

Brattle Principal Judy Chang will speak at the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (NECA) Renewable Energy Conference, to be held March 7 in Auburndale, MA.

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. 

February 25, 2019
Sanem Sergici to Present at Southeast Clean Power Summit 2019

Brattle Principal Sanem Sergici will speak at the Southeast Clean Power Summit 2019, to be held February 25-26 in New Orleans, LA.

December 04, 2018
Brattle Economists Provide Insight into Benefits and Cost Recovery for U.S. Grid Modernization Efforts

A report authored by Brattle economists reviews the business case and cost recovery mechanisms for grid modernization investments in the U.S.

October 25, 2018
Kathleen Spees to Present at CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition

Brattle Principal Kathleen Spees will speak at the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) Annual Conference and Exhibition, to be held October 23-25 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

June 20, 2018
Brattle Study: Alternative Approach to Meeting Zero Net Energy Goals Can Benefit Consumers and the Environment

A flexible approach to meeting Zero Net Energy (ZNE) goals could benefit consumers and the environment, according to a study authored by Brattle economists released by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

May 30, 2018
Brattle Analysis: 8,000 MW to 24,000 MW of U.S. Offshore Wind Proposals will Require up to 3,000 Miles of Offshore Transmission

An analysis of U.S. offshore wind developments by Brattle economists shows that state policymakers in the northeastern U.S. are now committed to procure approximately 8,000 MW of offshore wind generation over the next decade. 

May 02, 2018
Marc Chupka and Pablo Ruiz to Present at National Hydropower Association's Waterpower Week

Brattle Principal Marc Chupka and Senior Consultant Pablo Ruiz will present at National Hydropower Association’s (NHA) Waterpower Week, taking place April 30-May 2, 2018 in Washington, DC.

February 14, 2018
Jürgen Weiss Discusses the Implications of Mobility Services on Electrification in Public Utilities Fortnightly

Brattle Principal Jürgen Weiss has authored an article published in Public Utilities Fortnightly (PUF) 2.0, “Electrification 2018: Driving the Future, This Year,” which discusses how mobility services could change electrification’s pace and shape.

January 04, 2018
Brattle Economists Author Article Discussing the Implications of Autonomous Vehicles for Electric Utilities

Brattle economists have co-authored an article published in The Electricity Journal discussing the implications autonomous vehicles, ride sharing/ride hailing, and electric vehicles (EVs) may have for electric utilities and the utility business model.

October 18, 2017
Jürgen Weiss to Present at California ISO Stakeholder Symposium

Brattle Principal Jürgen Weiss will present at California ISO’s 2017 Stakeholder Symposium, taking place October 18-19, 2017 in Sacramento, CA.

October 18, 2017
Bruce Tsuchida to Present at Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum

Brattle Principal Bruce Tsuchida will present at the 2017 Caribbean Renewable Energy Form (CREF), taking place October 18-20, 2017 in Miami, FL.

September 19, 2017
Bruce Tsuchida to Present at NREL Grid Integration Workshop

Brattle Principal Bruce Tsuchida will present at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Workshop, “Benchmarking Distribution Grid Integration Costs Under High Distributed Photovoltaic (PV) Penetrations,” taking place September 19, 2017 in Golden, CO.

July 21, 2017
Bruce Tsuchida Contributes Book Chapter in Second Edition of Renewable Energy Integration

Brattle Principal Bruce Tsuchida has contributed a chapter to the second edition of Renewable Energy Integration: Practical Management of Variability, Uncertainty, and Flexibility in Power Grids.

June 01, 2017
Jürgen Weiss to Present on Electrification at Colorado State University’s CNNE Conference

Brattle Principal Jürgen Weiss will present at Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNNE) conference, “Repowering the Western Economy,” taking place June 1, 2017 in Denver, CO.

May 12, 2017
Brattle Economists Assess Impact of Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth Program

A report by Brattle Principals Mark Berkman and Jürgen Weiss evaluates the economic, jobs, and environmental impacts of the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth (REG) Program for years 2015 and 2016, as well as the expected impact of the overall program between 2015 and 2019.

April 06, 2017
Brattle Economists Assess PV-Battery Systems’ Ability to Reduce Household Grid Reliance in Utilities Policy Article

Brattle economists have co-authored an article published in Utilities Policy that discusses how low-cost solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery electricity storage can potentially bring about fundamental shifts in the structure of the U.S. power sector.

February 22, 2017
Brattle Whitepaper on Benefits of Transportation and Heating Electrification Featured in Vox Article

A whitepaper recently released by Brattle economists on the role transportation and heating electrification could play in increasing utility sales and reducing carbon emissions has been featured in a February 22, 2017 Vox article.

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.

February 01, 2017
Article by Brattle Principals on Damages Quantification for Solar PV Investors Published in Quotidiano Energia

Brattle Principals Dan Harris and Francesco Lo Passo have authored an article on the quantification of damages through arbitration by international investors of renewable energy projects, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV) plants.

October 17, 2016
Bruce Tsuchida and Sanem Sergici to Present at CREF Utility Workshop

Brattle Principal Brice Tsuchida and Senior Associate Sanem Sergici will present at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum’s (CREF) Utility Workshop, taking place October 17-19, 2016 in Miami, FL.

July 28, 2016
Michael Hagerty to Present at LSI Conference on Oregon’s Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan

Brattle Associate Michael Hagerty will present at the upcoming Law Seminars International’s (LSI) two-day conference, “Oregon’s Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan,” taking place July 28-29, 2016 in Portland, OR and via webcast.

June 28, 2016
Report by Brattle Economists Provides Guidance on Enabling Canadian Clean Energy Imports for Clean Power Plan Compliance

Brattle consultants have issued a report that provides technical guidance to U.S. state policymakers on how to enable clean energy imports from Canada for compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP).

March 31, 2016
Jürgen Weiss Discusses Increasing Competition Between Renewables and LNG on Canada’s Business News Network

Brattle Principal Jürgen Weiss appeared on a March 30, 2016 segment of Canada’s Business News Network (BNN), where he discussed the increasing competition between renewable power and LNG-fueled gas-fired generation in global energy markets.

February 25, 2016
Robert Mudge Presents at Wisconsin Public Utility Institute Conference on Community-Based Solar

Principal Robert Mudge presented at the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute (WPUI) conference on “Community-Based Solar in Wisconsin,” which took place February 25, 2016 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

February 08, 2016
Case Study Developed by Brattle Principals Wins 2015 CCBJ Business Achievement Award for Wind and Solar Integration

Brattle Principals Jürgen Weiss and Bruce Tsuchida have been awarded the Climate Change Business Journal’s (CCBJ) 2015 Business Achievement Award for Wind and Solar Integration for the case study they prepared for the Advanced Energy Economy Institute.

January 15, 2016
Report by Brattle Economists Reveals Increasing Competition Between Renewable Power and LNG-Fueled Gas-Fired Generation in Global Energy Markets

A new report by economists at The Brattle Group finds that competition between renewable power and gas-fired generation using liquefied natural gas (LNG) from North America is increasing in overseas markets as a result of declining renewable power costs.

December 14, 2015
Sanem Sergici to Present on Electricity Congestion Costs at NGA’s Maryland Retreat

Brattle senior associate Sanem Sergici will present at the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Maryland Retreat on Reducing Congestion Costs & Reviewing Renewable Portfolio Standards, taking place December 14, 2015 in Annapolis, MD.

November 23, 2015
Peter Fox-Penner Authors Financial Times Letter to the Editor on Benefits of Utility-Scale Solar PV

Brattle principal Peter Fox-Penner has authored a letter to the editor published in the November 20, 2015 issue of the Financial Times that discusses the significant cost advantages of utility-scale solar PV technologies.

October 19, 2015
Bruce Tsuchida and Sanem Sergici to Present at Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum

Brattle principal Bruce Tsuchida and senior associate Sanem Sergici will present at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF), taking place October 19-21, 2015 in Miami, FL.

October 14, 2015
Bruce Tsuchida to Present at Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group Fall Technical Workshop

Brattle principal Bruce Tsuchida will present at the upcoming Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) Fall Technical Workshop, taking place October 13-15, 2015 in San Diego, CA.

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.

August 12, 2015
Ira Shavel to Present at Wärtsilä’s 10th Annual Flexible Power Symposium

Brattle principal Ira Shavel will present at the upcoming Wärtsilä’s Flexible Power Annual Symposium, taking place on August 11-13, 2015 in Portland, OR.

August 03, 2015
Article by Jürgen Weiss Examines the Benefits and Costs for Utilities of Moving Fast or Slow on Climate Change Mitigation

Principal Jürgen Weiss co-authored an article for the July 2015 issue of The Economists’ Voice that assesses the benefits and costs for utilities in waiting or hurrying when taking climate change mitigation measures.

July 13, 2015
Bruce Tsuchida to Present at Central American Renewables Investment Summit

Brattle principal Bruce Tsuchida will present at the Central American Renewables Investment Summit (CAMRIS), taking place July 13-14, 2015 in Panama City, Panama.

July 13, 2015
Study by Brattle Economists Quantifies the Benefits of Utility-Scale Solar PV

A study released by economists at The Brattle Group finds that utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the U.S. are significantly more cost effective than residential-scale (rooftop) PV systems as a vehicle for achieving the economic and policy benefits of PV solar.

July 06, 2015
Report by Brattle Economists Examines Feasibility of Integrating Variable Renewable Energy into Electric Grid

A new report authored by principals Jürgen Weiss and Bruce Tsuchida finds that the integration of high levels of variable renewable energy into the electric grid is both technically feasible and can be managed without compromising reliability of electric power service.

April 08, 2015
Bruce Tsuchida to Present on Hybrid Systems at Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015

Brattle principal Bruce Tsuchida will present on hybrid energy systems at the upcoming conference Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015, taking place April 8-9, 2015 in New York, NY.

February 12, 2015
Neil Lessem Featured in Washington Post Article on the Links between Ideology and Energy Conservation

Brattle associate Neil Lessem was recently featured in a Washington Post article that discusses the various motivations that consumers have when it comes to energy conservation and how these motivations may vary with political or ideological beliefs.

February 03, 2015
Bruce Tsuchida Publishes Article on Hybrid Energy in the Caribbean in North American Wind Power

Brattle principal Bruce Tsuchida recently authored an article that was published in the February 2015 issue of North American Wind Power. The article, “What the Islands Can Teach Us About Hybrid Energy,” discusses how adopting hybrid systems such as those found in the Caribbean islands can help accommodate more renewable resources while also increasing grid resiliency.

February 02, 2015
Jürgen Weiss Examines Lessons from Germany’s Renewables Experience for Electricity Daily

Principal Jürgen Weiss has authored an article for the January 2015 issue of Electricity Policy’s Electricity Daily that discusses Germany’s transition away from fossil fuel generation toward renewable energy. In particular, Dr. Weiss’ article examines the lessons from Germany’s experience that can be applied to the U.S.

January 21, 2015
Jürgen Weiss to Serve as Panelist for the World Future Energy Summit

Brattle principal Jürgen Weiss has been selected to serve as a panelist on energy storage technologies during the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) taking place January 19-22, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

January 09, 2015
Report by Brattle Principals Evaluates Rate Proposal for Residential Distributed Generation and Identifies Way to Restore Fairness in Rate Design

Principals Ahmad Faruqui and Ryan Hledik have authored a report for the Salt River Project (SRP) that provides an evaluation of SRP’s proposal to introduce a new rate for residential customers who are planning to install distributed generation (DG) capability. Through their evaluation of the SRP proposal, the authors identify a way to restore fairness in rate design for DG customers that may be of interest to all utilities with residential DG customers.

January 04, 2015
Jürgen Weiss Featured in Climate Change Business Journal Discussing Clean Power Plan Compliance

Brattle principal Jürgen Weiss was recently featured in the Climate Change Business Journal discussing how Clean Power Plan (CPP) compliance strategies based on renewable power will be integrated with renewable energy credit (REC) markets.

December 15, 2014
Nebraska Transmission Infrastructure Ready to Accommodate at Least 2,000 MW of Additional Wind Generation According to Brattle Study

A study authored by economists at The Brattle Group identifies the factors that impact the desirability of developing 5,000 to 10,000 MW of renewable generation in Nebraska for export purposes. Prepared for the Nebraska Power Review Board (PRB) and submitted to the Nebraska Legislature for consideration today, the study also presents options available to policy makers to meet the state’s economic development objectives.

December 11, 2014
Judy Chang Featured on NPR Discussing Tensions Between Utilities and Rooftop Solar Companies

Brattle principal Judy Chang was recently featured during an NPR segment addressing the tension between electric utilities and firms that provide new technologies, such as rooftop solar, that are reducing the demand to generate more electricity.

November 19, 2014
Jürgen Weiss Presents on Germany’s Transition to Renewables at NARUC Annual Meeting

Brattle principal Jürgen Weiss recently served as a panelist at the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners’ (NARUC) Annual Meeting on November 16-19 in San Francisco, CA.

October 08, 2014
Peter Fox-Penner to Speak at SXSW Eco Conference on the Impact of Emerging Technologies on Climate Change

Brattle principal Peter Fox-Penner has been selected to participate on the panel, “Can Disruptive Technologies Solve Climate Change?” at the upcoming SXSW Eco Conference.

October 06, 2014
Bruce Tsuchida to Co-Host Energy Storage Workshop at Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum 2014

Principal Bruce Tsuchida will co-host the “Utility Workshop on Energy Storage – Economics, Tariffs, Implementation” at The Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) 2014.

September 21, 2014
Brattle Experts to Participate in Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation Renewable Energy Forum

Brattle principal Bruce Tsuchida and senior associate Pablo Ruiz will participate in the upcoming Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) Renewable Energy Forum, “From Gridlock to Grid Tied,” taking place September 21-24, 2014 in the British Virgin Islands.

August 27, 2014
Ahmad Faruqui to Participate in National Regulatory Research Institute Teleseminar on Combined Heat and Power

Brattle principal Ahmad Faruqui has been selected as a panelist for the upcoming National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) teleseminar, “The Prospects for Combined Heat and Power and the Role of State Utility Commissions," taking place on August 27, 2014 at 2:00pm EST.

July 30, 2014
Jürgen Weiss Authors Report Assessing Major Outcomes from Solar Energy Support in Germany

Principal Jürgen Weiss has authored a report for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) that examines and outlines the main lessons learned from solar PV energy support in Germany over the last ten years.

July 25, 2014
Peter Fox-Penner to Participate in Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis Regional Clean Energy Leadership Forum

Peter Fox-Penner has been selected to participate on a panel for the upcoming Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) conference, “Synergies of Natural Gas and Renewable Energy: 360 Degrees of Opportunity.”

June 27, 2014
Principal Bruce Tsuchida Contributing Author to Book on Renewable Energy Integration

Principal Bruce Tsuchida is the author of a chapter in the recently-published book, Renewable Energy Integration: Practical Management of Variability, Uncertainty and Flexibility in Power Grids.

June 23, 2014
Principal Peter Fox-Penner to Discuss Energy Development at Clinton Global Initiative Panel

Brattle principal Peter Fox-Penner will serve as a panelist at a discussion on “Responsible Energy Development: Addressing Common Challenges and Opportunities,” part of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America.

June 18, 2014
Policy Brief by Brattle Economists Provides Insights into EPA's Proposed Carbon Emission Standards for Existing Fossil Units

Brattle economists issued a policy brief that examines the primary features and implications of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed CO2 emissions standards for existing fossil units under the Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 111(d).

May 29, 2014
Report Authored by Brattle Consultants Expands on Previous Work in Analyzing Relationship Between Natural Gas and Renewables in Texas Electricity Market

Brattle consultants released a new report for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition to show how renewable and natural gas-fired electricity sources would develop in the next two decades, and how this development would depend on gas prices, the existence of a capacity mechanism in ERCOT, national carbon policies, and other key market drivers.