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Biography
Testimony
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Mr. Zarakas is an economist and an expert in economic, financial, strategic, and regulatory analyses as applied to the utility, telecommunications, and media industries. Mr. Zarakas has extensive experience in analyzing the economics and regulation of utility infrastructure and the evolving factors that are affecting utility business models, including the impacts of fuel switching and distributed generation resources. He has worked on a wide range of projects concerning cost-benefit analyses relating to utility investments in distribution systems, including investments in smart grid, asset hardening, and enhancements to system resiliency. Mr. Zarakas also works on matters pertaining to the valuations of utility assets and businesses and the comparative analyses of utility operational and financial performances. He has examined the impacts of investment levels, operational performance, operating cost levels, and rates on utility equity prices and on customer satisfaction.

Mr. Zarakas has worked extensively on issues pertaining to telecommunications infrastructure and costs. He has led and directed projects involving spectrum valuation, investment feasibility, demand and market forecasting, and regulation of incumbents, among other areas, in the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Mr. Zarakas has provided testimony and expert reports used in courts of law, arbitration panels, and in regulatory proceedings, and has led special investigations on behalf of corporate boards of directors and audits of management practices and operational and financial performance on behalf of regulatory commissions.

Article
Growth Prospects and Shifting Electric Utility Business Models: Retail, Wholesale and Telecom Markets
July 1, 2015
Published in The Electricity Journal
Presentation
Do We Need a New Way to Regulate Electric Utilities?
May 6, 2015
Presented at the 2015 Energy Bar Association Annual Meeting
Report
Targeted Performance Incentives: Recommendations to the Hawaiian Electric Companies
September 15, 2014
Prepared for the Hawaiian Electric Companies
Presentation
Investing In Electric Reliability and Resiliency
July 15, 2014
Presented at the NARUC 2014 Summer Meeting - Joint Electricity and Critical Infrastructure Committees, Dallas, TX
Article
Utility Investments in Resiliency: Balancing Benefits with Cost in an Uncertain Environment
June 2014
William P. Zarakas, Sanem Sergici, Heidi Bishop, Jake Zahniser-Word, and Peter S. Fox-Penner
Published in The Electricity Journal, Volume 27, Issue 5
Presentation
Electric Reliability, Resiliency, Rates and Region
October 7, 2013
Presented at the Edison Electric Institute Transmission, Distribution, and Metering Conference, Charleston, SC
Article
Infrastructure and Competition in the Electric Delivery System
September 2013
Published in The Electricity Journal, Volume 26, Issue 7
Article
Low Tech Resilience
September 2013
Published in Fortnightly Magazine
Presentation
Finding the Balance Between Reliability and Cost: How Much Risk Should Consumers Bear?
June 3, 2013
Presented at the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners, Santa Fe, NM
Presentation
The Utility of the Future: Distributed or Not?
April 30, 2013
Presented at Advanced Energy 2013, New York, NY
Article
Rates, Reliability, and Region
January 2013
Published in Public Utilities Fortnightly
Report
Approaches to Setting Electric Distribution Reliability Standards and Outcomes
January 2012
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Report
Analysis of Strategic Organizational Options for the Long Island Power Authority
October 2011
William P. Zarakas, Frank C. Graves, and Michael J. Beck
Prepared for The Long Island Power Authority
Presentation
Measuring Concentration in Radio Spectrum License Holdings
August 15, 2009
Presented at TPRC 2009
Report
Structural Simulation of Facility Sharing: Unbundling Policies and Investment Strategy in Local Exchange Markets
July 15, 2005
William P. Zarakas, Glenn A. Woroch, Lisa V. Wood, Daniel L. McFadden, Nauman Ilias, and Paul C. Liu
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc. and the University of California, Berkeley
Report
Letter to the Honorable Joe Barton, Chairman, Committee on Energy and Commerce, US House of Representatives, estimating how much revenue the US Treasury would receive if the Federal Communications Commission auctioned 60 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz (TV) band that the FCC has allocated for commercial use
May 18, 2005
Dorothy Robyn and William P. Zarakas
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Article
Betting Against the Odds? Why broadband over power line (BPL) can't stand alone as a high-speed Internet offering
April 2005
William P. Zarakas and Kenneth J. Martinian
Published in Public Utilities Fortnightly
Article
Wholesale Pricing and Local Exchange Competition
January 2004
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Report
Regulatory Performance Measurement Plans and the Development of Competitive Local Exchange Telecommunications Markets
November 2003
David E. M. Sappington, Glenn A. Woroch, Lisa V. Wood, and William P. Zarakas
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Presentation
FCC Pole Attachment Rates: Rebutting Some of the Presumptions
March 2003
Lisa V. Wood and William P. Zarakas
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Presentation
Utilicoms in the U.S. Market: Outside of the Telecom Bubble
March 2002
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.