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Archive 2017
May 23, 2017
Brattle Economists Interview Joshua Gans on Interoperability and Disruption for the ABA’s Perspectives in Antitrust

In an interview published in the ABA's Perspectives in Antitrust, Brattle economists Michelle Cleary and Lisa Cameron discussed interoperability, disruption, and antitrust with Professor Joshua Gans.

May 07, 2017
Brattle Economists Provide Testimony on Behalf of Solar Investors in Spain Resulting in €128 Million Award

Spain has lost the first of the international arbitration claims under the Energy Charter Treaty, arising from the application to thermal solar investors of certain changes to the Spanish regulatory framework for renewable installations. The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has rendered an €128 award in favor of the British-based Eiser Infrastructure Limited and its affiliate Energia Solar Luxembourg S.à r.I., which own three 50 MW thermo-solar power plants in Spain, ASTEXOL-2, ASTE 1A, and ASTE 1B.

May 05, 2017
The Brattle Group Recognized as a Top Economic Consulting Firm by AdvisoryHQ

The Brattle Group has been recognized in AdvisoryHQ’s list of Top 6 Best Economic Consulting Firms.

May 03, 2017
Elaine Buckberg Co-Authors Article in Public Works Financing Infrastructure Policy Issue

Brattle Principal Elaine Buckberg recently co-authored an article in the Infrastructure Policy Issue of Public Works Financing, which presents a short-list of federal infrastructure financing policy options.

May 02, 2017
Brattle Economist Optimistic About Role of Wholesale Power Markets in Helping States Implement Energy Policy Goals

In responses to questions posed at today’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Technical Conference, Brattle Principal Dr. Samuel Newell describes how wholesale power markets and state policies can work together to achieve decarbonization objectives and reliability objectives at a low cost.

May 02, 2017
Brattle Economists Author Risk and Return for Regulated Industries

Brattle Principals Bente Villadsen, Michael Vilbert, and Dan Harris, and Principal Emeritus A. Lawrence Kolbe have authored a new book that examines the topic of cost of capital for regulated industries.

April 26, 2017
Ontario Market Renewal Effort Could Provide Up to CAD $5.2 Billion in Customer and Supplier Benefits, According to Brattle Economists

Brattle economists have authored a report that concludes the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) proposed Market Renewal efforts to reform the province’s wholesale electricity markets could provide significant benefits to customers and suppliers in Ontario.

April 26, 2017
Brattle Listed as Leading International Arbitration Expert Witness Provider by Global Arbitration Review

Global Arbitration Review (GAR), a leading resource on international arbitration news and intelligence, named The Brattle Group as one of the most active firms in expert witness services in the field of international arbitration.

April 25, 2017
Report by Brattle Economists Assesses Economic and Carbon Value of Ohio Nuclear Power Plants

A report by Brattle economists finds that Ohio’s nuclear energy plants will contribute approximately $510 million to the state gross domestic product (GDP) over the next ten years (2018-2027), in addition to other economic and societal benefits.

April 24, 2017
Brattle Academic Advisor Co-authors Paper on the Monetary Value of Snow

Dr. Michael Goldstein, a professor of finance at Babson College and an Academic Advisor to The Brattle Group, co-authored a paper for the American Geophysical Union (AGU) assessing the monetary value of seasonal snow.

April 10, 2017
Report by Brattle Economists Evaluates Production Cost Savings of Regional Market Participation by Mountain West Entities

Brattle Principals Judy Chang and Johannes Pfeifenberger, and Associate John Tsoukalis have authored a report that analyzes how different market structures could alter production costs in the combined service areas of the Mountain West Transmission Group entities.

April 06, 2017
Brattle Economists Assess PV-Battery Systems’ Ability to Reduce Household Grid Reliance in Utilities Policy Article

Brattle economists have co-authored an article published in Utilities Policy that discusses how low-cost solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery electricity storage can potentially bring about fundamental shifts in the structure of the U.S. power sector.

March 20, 2017
Building an Effective Trade Surveillance System: Guidance from FERC White Papers

Brattle Principal Shaun Ledgerwood and Associate John Tsoukalis have authored a white paper that outlines a cost-effective, learning-driven approach for companies to develop in-house trade surveillance systems to analyze potentially manipulative behavior.

March 09, 2017
Brattle Economists Featured in Utility Dive Article on Climate Change’s Impact on Electric Grid

Brattle Principal Judy Chang and Academic Advisor Maximilian Auffhammer were recently featured in a Utility Dive article discussing the effects of climate change on electricity demand and grid operators.

March 03, 2017
Non-GAAP Measures: Do’s and (Mostly) Don’ts

In a new Law360 article, Brattle Principal Adoria Lim and Associate Chi Cheng studied the correspondence between numerous companies and the SEC to identify and categorize the SEC’s hot buttons that may lead to enforcement actions, including litigation.

February 28, 2017
Brattle Economists and Academic Advisors Author Article for BNA on Damages in Product Mislabeling Cases

Brattle Principal Lisa Cameron, Academic Advisors Professor Greg Allenby and Professor Peter E. Rossi, and Brattle Senior Research Analyst Yikang Li recently co-authored an article for BNA about fundamental economic errors in approaches to damages in recent product mislabeling cases.

February 27, 2017
Brattle Economists Discuss Econometric Models in Electricity Daily Article

Brattle economists have co-authored an article published in the February 2017 issue of Electricity Policy’s Electricity Daily that addresses the issue of econometric models over-forecasting utility sales, resulting in revenue shortfall.

February 24, 2017
Yvette Austin Smith Authors Deal Points Article on Delaware’s Public Company Appraisals Post-CKx

Brattle Principal Yvette Austin Smith has authored an article discussing Delaware’s public company appraisals following the CKx decision, using specific examples to demonstrate that petitioners and respondents continue to assert widely divergent values in appraisal cases.

February 23, 2017
Brattle Principal Elaine Buckberg Authors Op-Ed: "Trump’s Infrastructure Tax Credits—Lasting Legacy or Private Sector Giveaway?"

In his inaugural address, President Trump committed to “transform America’s crumbling infrastructure.” But his infrastructure plan, which would provide significant tax credits to companies that invest in the country’s infrastructure, provides few details.

February 23, 2017
Shaun Ledgerwood Featured in Risk.net article on FERC Manipulation Standards

Brattle Principal Shaun Ledgerwood has been featured in a Risk.net article that discusses the need for greater clarity around the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) anti-manipulation standards.

February 22, 2017
Brattle Whitepaper on Benefits of Transportation and Heating Electrification Featured in Vox Article

A whitepaper recently released by Brattle economists on the role transportation and heating electrification could play in increasing utility sales and reducing carbon emissions has been featured in a February 22, 2017 Vox article.

February 17, 2017
Alexis Maniatis Elected to ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages in International Arbitration

Brattle President Alexis Maniatis was recently elected to serve on the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) Task Force on Damages.

February 08, 2017
Brattle Economists Discuss Impact of Default Residential Time-of-Use Rates in Ontario in Public Utilities Fortnightly Article

Brattle economists examine the first system wide rollout of TOU in Ontario, Canada and find that customers do shift load from more expensive peak period, to the cheaper off-peak period.

February 01, 2017
Article by Brattle Principals on Damages Quantification for Solar PV Investors Published in Quotidiano Energia

Brattle Principals Dan Harris and Francesco Lo Passo have authored an article on the quantification of damages through arbitration by international investors of renewable energy projects, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV) plants.

February 01, 2017
Paper Examining Eco-Labels and Quality in the Organic Wine Market Featured in Business & Society

Do eco-friendly labels also send signals about product quality? Can these signals be detrimental to producers in some instances? Brattle Senior Associate Neil Lessem has co-authored a paper that investigates these questions in the context of the US wine industry.

January 31, 2017
Finance Expert Laurence Freed Joins The Brattle Group’s New York Office

The Brattle Group announced today that finance expert Laurence Freed has joined the firm’s New York office as a senior consultant.

January 24, 2017
Transportation and Heating Electrification Could Aid in Increasing Utility Sales and Reducing Carbon Emissions, According to Brattle Economists

Brattle economists released a whitepaper that shows the potential for U.S. utility sales to nearly double by 2050 while energy sector carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could decrease by 70 percent or more through the electrification of transportation and heating.

January 23, 2017
Brattle Report Highlights The Economic Impact Of The Offshore Affiliate Reinsurance Tax

A report co-authored by economists at global consulting firm The Brattle Group finds that newly-proposed tax legislation aiming to defer the recognition of affiliated offshore reinsurance for U.S. tax purposes will negatively impact businesses and consumers in the United States.

January 20, 2017
Whitepaper by Brattle Economists Examines Effective Hedging Instruments for Renewable Resource Development

A whitepaper by Brattle economists examines how wind generators could use standard electric and gas forward contracts to hedge its revenue to reduce risk over mid- to long-term horizons.

January 20, 2017
The Brattle Group Recognized As One Of The World’s Top Firms For Competition Economics By Global Competition Review

For the 10th consecutive year, The Brattle Group has been named one of the world’s top firms for competition economics by Global Competition Review (GCR).

January 11, 2017
American Finance Association Announces 2016 Recipients of The Brattle Group Prize

The Brattle Group Prizes for best papers in Corporate Finance for 2016, judged to be exceptional by the associate editors of The Journal of Finance, were awarded at the 2017 American Finance Association's (AFA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on January 6-8, 2017.

January 06, 2017
Pinar Bagci Contributes to Global Competition Review’s Handbook of Competition Economics 2017

Brattle Principal Pinar Bagci has authored the United Kingdom chapter of Global Competition Review’s (GCR) 2017 edition of the Handbook of Competition Economics.