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Personal Interests

Dr. Powers has expertise in industrial organization and energy economics. Since joining Brattle in 2010, he has conducted econometric analysis in several competition-related litigation matters. This includes estimation of damages in two large-scale price-fixing civil cases; estimation of the price effects of competitor entry and exit in geographic markets in the context of a proposed joint venture; and similar econometric work in antitrust matters in the payment card, plastics manufacturing, and transportation industries.

In energy matters, he has conducted several key pieces of analysis of price effects and drafted expert testimony in two separate litigation proceedings arising from the California electricity crisis of 2000-2001. He has also overseen the statistical analyses in several New Source Review cases, helped manage renewable energy procurement processes for multiple Pennsylvania utilities, assisted in quantifying the economic benefits of infrastructure investments in the natural gas distribution system for a mid-Atlantic utility, and helped to advise a mid-sized electric utility on regulatory strategy and alternative regulation options.

In graduate school, his dissertation focused on the environmental and economic effects of pollution disclosure programs, as well as the effectiveness of state-level incentives for renewable energy development. Since joining Brattle, he has also co-authored an article analyzing the competitive effects of airport slot transfers and sales.

Representative Engagements
Valuation of Electric Power System Services and Technologies
August 2016
Prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
July 11, 2016
Prepared for Growth Energy
Electricity Baseline Report for the US Power System
April 2015
Prepared for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Competitive Effects of Exchanges or Sales of Airport Landing Slots
August 1, 2014
Published in the Review of Industrial Organization
Developing a Market Vision for MISO - Supporting a Reliable and Efficient Electricity System in the Midcontinent
January 27, 2014
Prepared for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO)
Measuring the Impact of the Toxics Release Inventory: Evidence from Manufacturing Plant Births
March 1, 2013
Published by U.S. Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies
Competitive Effects of Exchanges or Sales of Airport Landing Slots
December 2011
James D. Reitzes, Brendan McVeigh, Nicholas E. Powers, and Samuel Moy
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Does Disclosure Reduce Pollution? Evidence from India's Green Rating Project
March 2011
Nicholas E. Powers, Allen Blackman, Thomas P. Lyon, and Urvashi Narain
Published in Environmental and Resource Economics
Do State Renewable Portfolio Standards Promote In-State Renewable Generation?
February 2010
Haitao Yin and Nicholas E. Powers
Published in Energy Policy

Nick is a member of the American Economic Association, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and Energy Bar Association. He lives in Washington DC with his wife and daughter and is an avid traveler, soccer fan, and music fan.