Publications
Archive 2017
Report
Comments of Dr. Samuel Newell to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Regarding State Policies and Wholesale Markets Operated by ISO New England Inc., New York Independent System Operator, Inc., and PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.
May 2, 2017
Prepared for the FERC Technical Conference

Dr. Newell's comments describe how wholesale power markets and state policies can work together to achieve decarbonization objectives and reliability objectives at a low cost.

Article
Securities Class Actions: Trading Models to Estimate Individual Investor Trading Activity and Aggregate Damages
May 2017
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
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
Using Electric And Gas Forwards To Manage Market Risks
May 2017
Published in North American Windpower
Book
Risk and Return for Regulated Industries
May 2017
Published by Elsevier

This book establishes the principles and procedures for determining the fair rate of return on capital investment.

Presentation
April 20, 2017
Presented at the Society of Utility and Regulatory Financial Analysts’ (SURFA) 49th Financial Forum “Cost of Capital in a Changing Utility Landscape”
Report
The Future of Ontario's Electricity Market: A Benefits Case Assessment of the Market Renewal Project
April 20, 2017
Johannes P. Pfeifenberger, Kathleen Spees, Judy Chang, Mariko Geronimo Aydin, Walter Graf, Peter Cahill, James Mashal, and John Imon Pedtke
Prepared for IESO
Presentation
Moving Forward with Tariff Reform
April 6, 2017
Presented during the EEI Webinar on Rate Design
Presentation
An Irreverent Take on Customer Research in Our Industry
April 4, 2017
Presented at the EPRI Workshop: Understanding Customer Preferences for and Adoption of New Services and Technology
Article
April 2017
Elaine Buckberg and David Seltzer
Published in Public Works Financing

Dr. Buckberg reviews the benefits of using tax credit bonds as a debt instrument, and why they should be a key component in new federal infrastructure policy initiatives.

Report
April 2017
Prepared for Nuclear Matters

This report 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.

Article
April 2017
Philip Q Hanser, Roger Lueken, Will Gorman , and James Mashal
Published in Utilities Policy

This article 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.

Article
Interview with Joshua Gans on Interoperability, Disruption, and Antitrust
April 2017
Published in Perspectives in Antitrust
Report
March 13, 2017
Michael I. Cragg, Jehan deFonseka, Lawrence Powell, and Bin Zhou
Published in Tax Notes, Volume 154, Number 11

This report 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.

Report
Building an Effective Trade Surveillance System: A Framework-Based Approach using Guidance from Two Recent FERC White Papers
March 2017
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.

The whitepaper outlines a cost-effective, learning-driven approach for companies to develop in-house trade surveillance systems to analyze potentially manipulative behavior.

Report
The Impact of AMI-enabled Conservation Voltage Reduction on Energy Consumption and Peak Demand
March 2017
Published in The Electricity Journal, Volume 30, Issue 2

Conservation voltage reduction (CVR) has been around for a long time but most utilities have been reluctant to deploy it out of a concern that customers might be negatively affected. With advanced metering infrastructure, AMI, that concern might go away or so goes the theory. To test that idea, PHI in Maryland carried out AMI-enabled CVR. Brattle analyzed the data on their behalf and found that CVR, regulated with AMI, can reduce energy consumption and peak demand without affecting customer comfort. Customers get lower bills without having to take any actions to modify their lifestyle. It is a win-win.

Report
February 27, 2017
Michael I. Cragg, Jehan deFonseka, Bin Zhou, and Lawrence Powell

This is an excerpt from the report titled “The Impact of Offshore Affiliate Reinsurance Tax Proposals on the U.S. Insurance Market,” originally published on January 23, 2017. This excerpt is focused the economic impact of the border adjustment provision contained in the Republican’s Blueprint tax reform proposal.

Article
Computing Damages in Product Mislabeling Cases: Plaintiffs’ Mistaken Approach in Briseno v. ConAgra
February 27, 2017
Published in Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs (BNA)
Article
February 22, 2017
Published in Bloomberg Government

Elaine Buckberg poses some critical questions to help assess whether the Trump tax credits will leave a legacy of economically important projects or subsidize private investments with little public benefit.

Presentation
Western Regional Market Developments: Impact on Renewable Generation Investments and Balancing Costs
February 7, 2017
Presented at the Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit
Presentation
Rethinking Capacity Mechanisms in the Context of Emerging Flexibility Challenges
February 3, 2017
Presented at the European Capacity Mechanisms Forum
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.
Brochure
Forward Momentum: Meet Our New Experts
February 2017
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc
Report
Eco-Premium or Eco-Penalty? Eco-Labels and Quality in the Organic Wine Market
February 2017
Magali A. Delmas and Neil Lessem
Published in Vol 56, Issue 2 of Business & Society

This paper investigates how the environmental signal of eco-labels interacts with product characteristics such as brand, quality, and price.

Article
February 2017
Ahmad Faruqui, Josephine Duh, and Ingrid Rohmund
Published in the February 2017 issue of Electricity Policy’s Electricity Daily

This article addresses the issue of econometric models over-forecasting utility sales, resulting in revenue shortfall.

Article
FV, gli incentivi dopo la Corte Costituzionale
January 27, 2017
Published in the January 27, 2017 issue of Quotidiano Energia

This article discusses the quantification of damages through arbitration by international investors of renewable energy projects, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV) plants.

Article
January 27, 2017
Published in the January 27, 2017 issue of Quotidiano Energia

This article discusses the quantification of damages through arbitration by international investors of renewable energy projects, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV) plants.

Presentation
January 26, 2017
Presented at the Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. (EUCI) conference, “Financial Transmission Rights (FTRs/CRRs/TCRs)”
Presentation
January 25, 2017
Presented at the American Coal Ash Association’s (ACAA) 2017 Winter Membership Meeting
Report
January 23, 2017

This report 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.

Presentation
January 11, 2017
Presented at the University of California, Davis Energy Efficiency Center Seminar
Report
January 2017
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.

The whitepaper 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.

Report
Warranted Surveillance? Evaluating the Economic Case for Space-Based ADS-B
January 2017
Dorothy Robyn and Kevin Neels
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Report
January 2017
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.

The whitepaper 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.

Article
January 2017
Published in Deal Points, Volume XXII, Issue 1 Winter 2017