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Biography
Publications

Mr. John Tsoukalis is a senior associate at The Brattle Group with educational training in economics and experience in electricity sector economics and regulation. He has experience helping utilities with strategic planning initiatives on a broad range of topics, including integrating and evaluating emerging technologies and utility services; transmission development; participation in regional wholesale power markets; and assessing the regulatory and market risks associated with certain strategy bidding behaviors. His work experience includes performing a nodal production cost simulation of a regional wholesale power market, evaluating generation and transmission assets, developing strategic plans for integrating new technology, analyzing resource investment opportunities, and estimating the impact of dynamic rate designs.

Mr. Tsoukalis is also engaged with utility clients to determine their regulatory exposure due to bidding practices in the wholesale electricity markets. He has helped develop tests to detect the presence of uneconomic behavior and to assess the potential price distortion caused by this behavior. He is assisting several clients in defending against investigations or enforcement actions for allegedly manipulative behavior. Mr. Tsoukalis has supported the development of testimony to assist regulatory agencies with their design of appropriate tariff provisions to properly allow for adequate cost recovery while identifying and mitigating potentially manipulative behavior.

In addition, he has also garnered experience analyzing developments in the transmission sector, including regional transmission planning regimes, recent regulatory changes involving competitively sourced investment, and the changing drivers of transmission investment growth.

Report
Building an Effective Trade Surveillance System: A Framework-Based Approach using Guidance from Two Recent FERC White Papers
March 2017
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.

The whitepaper outlines a cost-effective, learning-driven approach for companies to develop in-house trade surveillance systems to analyze potentially manipulative behavior.

Report
December 1, 2016
Prepared for Basin Electric Power Cooperative; Black Hills Corporation; Colorado Springs Utilities; Platte River Power Authority; Public Service Company of Colorado; Tri-State Generation and Transmission Cooperative; and Western Area Power Administration

This report analyzes how different market structures could alter production costs in the combined service areas of the Mountain West Transmission Group entities.

Presentation
FERC's Market Manipulation Rule: Impact on FTRs and the Virtual Market
March 8, 2016
Presented at the Energy Bar Association Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting
Presentation
The Critical Role of Transmission in Clean Power Plan Compliance
November 17, 2015
Presented at the Kinetic Conference on Competitive Bidding for Transmission Expansion
Presentation
Investment Trends and Fundamentals in U.S. Transmission and Electricity Infrastructure
July 17, 2015
Presented to the JP Morgan Investor Conference
Article
Market Manipulation Push is Widening the Compliance Gap
January 23, 2015
Published in Risk.net
Presentation
Dynamics and Opportunities in Transmission Development
December 2, 2014
Presented to TransForum East, Washington, DC