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The Brattle Group is an industry leader in analyzing regulatory and financial issues surrounding transmission operations, pricing, siting, and cost-benefit analyses. Our capabilities are strengthened by our in-depth understanding of applicable regulatory frameworks and market structures. Clients include transmission companies, transmission customers, generators, Independent Transmission System Operators (ISOs) and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs), trade associations, and government entities in North America and Europe.

We help clients to design and evaluate regional transmission tariffs, the benefits of new transmission projects, mergers and acquisitions among transmission companies, congestion pricing, ancillary service design and pricing, and market monitoring efforts that facilitate efficient, nondiscriminatory network access in a variety of power markets worldwide. We provide expert testimony on a wide range of subject areas, including support of transmission infrastructure investments, tariff designs, and the formation of (and membership in) RTOs and ISOs.

Principals
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Principal
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Dr. Metin Celebi provides expertise in electricity markets and analysis of environmental and climate policy. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Principal
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Judy Chang is an energy economist and policy expert with a background in electrical engineering. She has 20 years of experience in advising clients in transmission, resource, and strategic planning. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Hanser 080
Principal
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Mr. Hanser assists clients in issues ranging from utility industry structure and market power and associated regulatory questions, to specific operational and strategic issues, such as transmission pricing, generation planning, and tariff strategies. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Principal
Dr. Hesmondhalgh has worked as a consultant in the energy sector for more than 20 years, predominantly in the electricity and gas sectors. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Newell 090
Principal
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Dr. Newell is an expert in electricity wholesale markets, the transmission system, and RTO rules. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Principal
Mr. Pfeifenberger is an economist with a background in electrical engineering and over twenty-five years of experience in the areas of regulatory economics and finance. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Tsuchida 084
Principal
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Mr. Tsuchida specializes in the analysis of wholesale electric markets and modeling. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Academic Advisors
Fox penner 131
Academic Advisor
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Dr. Fox-Penner specializes in economic, regulatory, and strategic issues in network industries. His practice centers on energy and environmental policies and electric regulation, planning, and competition issues. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Senior Associates
Aydin 087
Senior Associate
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Mr. Onur Aydin is a senior associate with an engineering background and over 10 years of experience in energy economics, electricity market modeling, and transmission planning. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Ruiz 065
Senior Associate
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Dr. Ruiz is an electrical engineer with experience in electric power systems analysis and research. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Thapa 112
Senior Associate
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Mr. Thapa is an expert in the regulation and economics of the energy sector. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Presentation
October 6, 2016
Presented at the Energy Bar Association's (EBA) 2016 Mid-Year Energy Forum
Article
Improved Transmission Planning for a Carbon-Constrained Future
September 1, 2016
Published on Brink

An article examining the need for improved transmission planning that increases flexibility to comply with evolving future regulations, while meeting anticipated policy goals at lower costs and lower risks for customers.

Presentation
Well-Planned Electric Transmission Saves Customer Costs: Improved Transmission Planning is Key to the Transition to a Carbon-Constrained Future
June 6, 2016
Presented to WIRES
Report
June 2016
Prepared for WIRES
Report
Benefits of the Southwest Intertie Project-North (SWIP North)
March 31, 2016
Prepared for Great Basin Transmission, LLC
Presentation
Transmission as a Market Enabler: The Costs and Risks of an Insufficiently Flexible Electricity Grid
November 9, 2015
Presented at the EUCI Conference Transmission Expansion in Midwest, Indianapolis, IN
Presentation
Benefit-Cost Analysis of Proposed New York AC Transmission Upgrades
September 15, 2015
Presented to NYISO and DPS Staff
Presentation
Toward More Effective Transmission Planning
August 21, 2015
Presented at the EEI Energy Delivery Public Policy Executive Advisory Meeting, Boston, MA
Presentation
Transmission: A Valuable Investment for New England’s Energy Future
July 23, 2015
Presented at the New England Energy Policy Discussion, Boston, MA
Presentation
Investment Trends and Fundamentals in U.S. Transmission and Electricity Infrastructure
July 17, 2015
Presented to the JP Morgan Investor Conference
Report
Lake Erie Connector Market Assessment Report
May 2015
Prepared for ITC Lake Erie Connector LLC
Report
Electricity Baseline Report for the US Power System
April 2015
Prepared for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Report
Toward More Effective Transmission Planning: Addressing the Costs and Risks of an Insufficiently Flexible Electricity Grid
April 2015
Prepared for WIRES
Presentation
Dynamics and Opportunities in Transmission Development
December 2, 2014
Presented to TransForum East, Washington, DC
Presentation
Contrasting Competitively-Bid Transmission Investments in the U.S. and Abroad
May 13, 2014
Presented at a UBS Conference Call
Presentation
Competition in Transmission Planning and Development: Current Status and International Experience
January 31, 2014
Prepared for the EUCI's Tranmission Policy: A National Summit
Presentation
Transmission Topology Control Algorithms (TCA): Simulations on PJM Real Time Markets
November 19, 2013
Pablo Ruiz, Xiao Li, Michael Caramanis, Evgeniy Goldis, Bhavana Keshavamurthy, Mahendra Patel, Alex Rudkevich, Richard Tabors, and Toshiki Bruce Tsuchida
Presented at the TCA/RATC Workshop on Topology Control, Norristown, PA
Report
Recommendations for Enhancing ERCOT’s Long-Term Transmission Planning Process
October 2013
The Brattle Group, Inc., prepared for The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Presentation
Trends and Benefits of Transmission Investments: Identifying and Analyzing Value
September 26, 2013
Presented to the CEA Transmission Council, Ottawa, Canada
Report
The Benefits of Electric Transmission: Identifying and Analyzing the Value of Investments
July 2013
Published by Working group for Investment in Reliable and Economic electric Systems (WIRES)
Presentation
Independent Transmission Companies: Business Models, Opportunities, and Challenges
April 23, 2013
Presented at the American Antitrust Institute's 13th Annual Energy Roundtable, Washington, DC
Article
Bridging the Seams: Interregional planning under FERC Order 1000
November 2012
Published in Public Utilities Fortnightly
Presentation
Interregional Cost Allocation: A Flexible Framework to Support Interregional Transmission Planning
October 11, 2012
Presented to the Harvard Electricity Policy Group
Presentation
Transmission Investment Trends and Planning Challenges
August 8, 2012
Presented at the EEI Transmission and Wholesale Markets School, Madison, WI
Presentation
Seams Inefficiencies: Problems and Solutions at Energy Market Borders
July 27, 2012
Presented at the EUCI Canadian Transmission Summit
Report
Review of EIPC’s Phase 1 Report
May 22, 2012
Prepared for the Working Group for Investment in Reliable and Economic Electric Systems (WIRES)
Presentation
Seams Cost Allocation: A Flexible Framework to Support Interregional Transmission Planning
April 23, 2012
Johannes P. Pfeifenberger and Delphine Hou
Presented at the SPP RSC Quarterly Meeting
Article
Transmission’s True Value: Adding up the benefits of infrastructure investments
February 2012
Johannes P. Pfeifenberger and Delphine Hou
Published in Public Utilities Fortnightly
Presentation
Modernizing America’s Grid: How can better planning deliver the grid we need?
January 23, 2012
Presented at the New England Clean Energy Transmission Summit, Boston, MA
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
Report
Summary of Transmission Project Cost Control Mechanisms in Selected U.S. Power Markets
October 2011
Johannes P. Pfeifenberger and Delphine Hou
Prepared for the Alberta Electric System Operator
Presentation
Transmission Cost Allocation and Cost Recovery in the West
September 19, 2011
Presented at the Transmission Executive Forum WEST 2011, Strategies for Meeting the Transmission Needs in the West
Report
Employment and Economic Benefits of Transmission Infrastructure Investment in the U.S. and Canada
May 2011
Johannes P. Pfeifenberger and Delphine Hou
Presented by WIRES in conjunction with The Brattle Group, Inc.
Presentation
Easier Said Than Done: The Continuing Saga of Transmission Cost Allocation
February 24, 2011
Presented to Harvard Electricity Policy Group
Report
Comments for Docket No. RM10-23-000, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation by Transmission Owning and Operating Public Utilities
September 2010
Prepared for the FERC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation by Transmission Owning and Operating Public Utilities
Report
Job and Economic Benefits of Transmission and Wind Generation Investments in the SPP Region
March 2010
Johannes P. Pfeifenberger, Judy Chang, Delphine Hou, and Kamen Madjarov
Prepared for the Southwest Power Pool