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Biography
Publications

Dr. Lessem assists utilities, policymakers and technology firms across North America, Asia, the Middle East and Australia on rate design, energy policy, innovative pricing, experimental design, technology adoption and policy impact measurement. He has broader expertise in energy, applied microeconomics, environmental economics, and behavioral economics. 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 a B.Bus.Sc in Economics and History from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), where he graduated with top honors.

Representative Engagements
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
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
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)