Electric Transmission

The Brattle Group is an industry leader in analyzing the regulatory and financial challenges surrounding transmission operations, planning, pricing, siting, and cost-benefit analyses.

We bring a deep understanding of the transmission system’s technical characteristics, applicable regulatory frameworks, and surrounding market structures. Our clients include regulated and merchant 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.

Our recent experience includes designing and evaluating regional transmission tariffs, evaluating the benefits of new transmission projects, reviewing mergers and acquisitions among transmission companies, assessing congestion pricing, and improving market monitoring to facilitate nondiscriminatory network access. We provide both strategic evaluations and expert testimony.

Areas of Expertise

Principals
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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
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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
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
Shavel 087
Principal
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Dr. Shavel is an energy economist specializing in the economics and operations of the U.S. electric power system, generation and transmission investment, and environmental strategy. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Spees 13a
Principal
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Dr. Kathleen Spees has expertise in wholesale electricity and environmental policy design and analysis. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Principal
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Mr. Tsuchida specializes in the analysis of wholesale electric markets and modeling. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Vilbert 119
Principal
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Dr. Vilbert specializes in cost of capital, regulatory economics, financial planning, income tax disputes, and valuation. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Senior Associates
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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
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Senior Associate
+39.06.48.888.10
Ms. Fantini has more than 10 years of experience in the energy sector, particularly in the natural gas and electricity industries. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Senior Associate
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Dr. Ruiz is an electrical engineer with experience in electric power systems analysis and research. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Report
Impacts of Marginal Loss Implementation in ERCOT
October 11, 2017
Metin Celebi, Toshiki Bruce Tsuchida, Rebecca Carroll, Colin McIntyre, and Ariel Kaluzhny
Prepared for Ad Hoc Group, including Vistra Energy, The Wind Coalition, and First Solar
Presentation
Modelling Enhancements for CAISO Transmission Planning
October 6, 2017
Judy Chang, Johannes P. Pfeifenberger, Kai Van Horn, Michael Hagerty, John Imon Pedtke , and Jesse Cohen
Prepared for LS Power
Presentation
Transmission Topology Optimization
August 21, 2017
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Presentation
Well-Planned Transmission to Integrate Customer Needs and Resources
July 14, 2017
Presented at WIRES
Article
How Wholesale Power Markets and State Environmental Policies Can Work Together
July 10, 2017
Published in Utility Dive
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.

Report
December 1, 2016
Prepared for Basin Electric Power Cooperative; Black Hills Corporation; Colorado Springs Utilities; Platte River Power Authority; Public Service Company of Colorado; Tri-State Generation and Transmission Cooperative; and Western Area Power Administration

This report analyzes how different market structures could alter production costs in the combined service areas of the Mountain West Transmission Group entities.

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.

Report
Benefits and Costs of Integration in Transmission/Transportation Networks: An Application to Eastern Australia Gas Markets
August 1, 2016
Prepared for APA Group

The report authored by Brattle economists on behalf of APA Group reviews integration in APA’s pipeline operations in Eastern Australia since the acquisition of Epic Energy in December 2012, and identifies the economic costs and benefits associated with integration.

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
Benefit-Cost Analysis of Proposed New York AC Transmission Upgrades
September 15, 2015
Presented to NYISO and DPS Staff
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
Toward More Effective Transmission Planning: Addressing the Costs and Risks of an Insufficiently Flexible Electricity Grid
April 2015
Prepared for WIRES
Report
Electricity Baseline Report for the US Power System
April 2015
Prepared for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Presentation
Dynamics and Opportunities in Transmission Development
December 2, 2014
Presented to TransForum East, Washington, DC
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)
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)
Report
Integrated System Nodal Study: Costs & Revenues of ISO Membership
March 8, 2013
Prepared for Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Heartland Consumers Power District, and the Western Area Power Administration
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)
Report
Seams Cost Allocation: A Flexible Framework to Support Interregional Transmission Planning
April 2012
Johannes P. Pfeifenberger and Delphine Hou
Prepared for Southwest Power Pool Regional State Committee
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
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
Report
BSC Modification 229: Potential interactions with options for changes to transmission charging
May 23, 2011
Prepared for Ofgem
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.