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Biography
Publications

Dr. Lessem is an energy economist and econometrician. He is an expert on consumer behavior and energy markets. He has assisted clients around the world on wholesale market design, regulated tariffs and cost allocation, innovative customer and pricing programs, and policy impact measurement.

Dr. Lessem has worked with diverse clients across North America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle-East, including regulators, policy makers, utilities, system operators, consumer representatives, technology start-ups and infrastructure owners. He has published in academic journals such as the Journal of Economics and Environmental Management and Business and Society; and industry publications such as The Electricity Journal and the Public Utilities Fortnightly. He has presented on pressing energy topics to audiences in Brazil, Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, and Malaysia. In his graduate studies, Dr. Lessem conducted extensive research examining consumer adoption of environmentally-friendly products and conservation behaviors, utilizing both field experiments and utility data.

Dr. Lessem holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an honours degree in Business, Economics and History from the University of Cape Town.

Representative Engagements
Presentation
A Global Survey of Customer-centric Tariff Reforms
August 24, 2017
Presented to the Commerce Commission, Wellington, New Zealand
Report
The public benefits of leasing energy efficient equipment
July 2017
Ahmad Faruqui, Neil Lessem, and Henna Trewn
Published in The Electricity Journal, Volume 30, Issue 6

Utility-led leasing solutions can overcome several key barriers to customer adoption of new, efficient products that are overlooked by traditional energy efficiency programs or non-utility leasing programs, as a program proposed by Puget Sound Energy illustrates. By encouraging the installation of energy efficient equipment, a utility-led leasing program would generate significant benefits in terms of bill savings, enhanced comfort and quality of life, avoided energy costs, avoided capacity costs, and avoided emissions.

Presentation
The Public Benefits of Leasing Energy Efficient Equipment: A Utility Case Study
June 30, 2017
Henna Trewn, Ahmad Faruqui, and Neil Lessem
Presented at the Center for Research in Regulated Industries' (CRRI) 30th Annual Western Conference
Article
Dynamic Pricing Works in a Hot, Humid Climate
May 2017
This article was published in Public Utilities Fortnightly, May 2017. Copyright PUR Inc. (www.fortnightly.com). Used by permission of the publisher.
Article
February 2017
Neil Lessem, Ahmad Faruqui, Sanem Sergici, and Dean Mountain
This article was published in Public Utilities Fortnightly, February 2017. Copyright PUR Inc. (www.fortnightly.com). Used by permission of the publisher.
Report
Eco-Premium or Eco-Penalty? Eco-Labels and Quality in the Organic Wine Market
February 2017
Magali A. Delmas and Neil Lessem
Published in Vol 56, Issue 2 of Business & Society

This paper investigates how the environmental signal of eco-labels interacts with product characteristics such as brand, quality, and price.

Presentation
Behavioral Economics and Competition
October 31, 2016
Presented to the Hong Kong Competition Commission

This presentation examines how the insights gained from behavioral economics can help competition authorities to better understand actual consumer behavior and alternative avenues through which firms may engage in behaviors that harm competition.

Report
Benefits and Costs of Integration in Transmission/Transportation Networks: An Application to Eastern Australia Gas Markets
August 1, 2016
Prepared for APA Group

The report authored by Brattle economists on behalf of APA Group reviews integration in APA’s pipeline operations in Eastern Australia since the acquisition of Epic Energy in December 2012, and identifies the economic costs and benefits associated with integration.

Report
OEB Pilot Plan Technical Manual
July 16, 2016
Prepared for the Ontario Energy Board
Presentation
A Three-Year Impact Evaluation of TOU Rates in Ontario, Canada
June 23, 2016
Presented at the Center for Research in Regulated Industries (CRRI) 29th Annual Western Conference
Presentation
Capturing Smart Meter Enabled Benefits in System Wide Rollouts
June 23, 2016
Presented at the Center for Research in Regulated Industries (CRRI) 29th Annual Western Conference
Presentation
Capturing Smart Meter Enabled Benefits in System Wide Rollouts
June 6, 2016
Presented at The International Energy Policy Programme Evaluation Conference (IEPPEC)
Presentation
Brattle Tariff Design Best Practices
June 1, 2016
Prepared for Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and the Government of Malaysia
Report
February 3, 2016
Ahmad Faruqui, Neil Lessem, Sanem Sergici, Dean Mountain , Frank Denton , Byron Spencer , and Chris King
Prepared for the Independent Electric System Operator
Presentation
Anaylsis of Ontario's Full Scale Roll-out of TOU Rates
August 11, 2015
Presented at the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference, Long Beach, CA
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
Year Two Analysis of Ontario’s Full Scale Roll-out of TOU Rates
December 16, 2014
Ahmad Faruqui, Neil Lessem, Sanem Sergici, Dean Mountain, Frank Denton, Byron Spencer, and Chris King
Prepared for the Ontario Power Authority (OPA)
Article
Smart By Default
August 2014
Published in the August 2014 issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly
Article
Measuring the Effects of Stormwater Mitigation on Beach Attendance
July 2014
Perla Atiyah, Linwood Pendleton, Ryan Vaughn, and Neil Lessem
Published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 72, Issue 1
Report
Saving Power to Conserve Your Reputation? The Effectiveness of Private Versus Public Information
March 18, 2014
Neil Lessem and Magali A. Delmas
Published in Journal of Economics and Environmental Management
Report
Impact Evaluation of Ontario’s Time-of-Use Rates: First Year Analysis
November 26, 2013
Ahmad Faruqui, Sanem Sergici, Neil Lessem, Dean Mountain, Frank Denton, Byron Spencer, and Chris King
Prepared for the Ontario Power Authority
Report
Managing the Benefits and Costs of Dynamic Pricing in Australia
September 14, 2012
Prepared for The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)