Environmental Policy, Planning, and Compliance

In an era of increasingly complex, overlapping, and sometimes inconsistent environmental regulations and policies at the federal and state levels, Brattle assists utilities, merchant generation companies, and industry organizations through the risks, compliance planning, and opportunities created by these initiatives.

We provide analytical support and strategic guidance in engagements ranging from asset-specific valuations and retire/retrofit decisions, to company-level resource planning, to industry-wide evaluations of current and emerging environmental regulations. Our services cover two main areas:

  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) policies and regulations (such as potential federal policy like the now stayed Clean Power Plan, the AB32 program in California, and the RGGI program in the Northeast) and their relationship to compliance costs, power and gas market costs, and other investment decisions; and
  • Litigation support and expert testimony on air quality and other pollution control compliance areas such as New Source Review (NSR) cases.
Our perspective and breadth of capabilities in environmental compliance enables us to offer value to our clients by assessing the combined impact of technological, market, and regulatory risks and opportunities. Our team’s expertise in environmental economics is complemented by the firm’s depth in power market modeling generally and by its broader knowledge in energy, finance, and regulatory consulting, allowing us to serve a full range of client needs.

Areas of Expertise

Principals
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Principal
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Dr. Berkman is an expert in applied microeconomics in the areas of the environment, energy, and natural resources; environmental health and safety; discrimination; and intellectual property. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Metin 087
Principal
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Dr. Celebi provides expertise in electricity markets and the 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
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Principal
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Mr. Chupka has more than 25 years of public and private sector experience analyzing energy markets and regulation and assisting energy clients and counsel in a broad span of commercial analysis, regulatory proceedings, and litigation support. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Principal
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Mr. Graves specializes in regulatory and financial economics, especially for electric and gas utilities, and in litigation matters related to securities litigation and risk management. 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
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
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Principal
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Dr. Weiss specializes in issues broadly motivated by climate change concerns, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, the interaction between electricity, gas and transportation, and carbon pricing. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Academic Advisors
Academic Advisor
Dr. Robinson is a Senior Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. He consults on competition, regulation, and corporate strategy in energy and other regulated sectors. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Academic Advisor
Dr. Sue Wing is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at Boston University. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Senior Associates
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Senior Associate
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Mr. Kline’s areas of expertise include electricity markets and regulation, financial accounting, corporate finance, asset valuation, international arbitration, market manipulation, and fraud. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Senior Associate
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Dr. Yang specializes in the development of economic models to conduct economic and policy analyses in the energy industry, with a focus on the power sector. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Presentation
January 25, 2017
Presented at the American Coal Ash Association’s (ACAA) 2017 Winter Membership Meeting
Presentation
CO2e Cap-and-Trade: Interactions with Electricity Markets
November 15, 2016
Presented to the Association of Power Producers of Ontario
Presentation
November 10, 2016
Present at Energy Bar Association’s (EBA) Energizer, “Ongoing Climate Imperative”
Report
November 2016
Judy Chang, Kathleen Spees, and Tony Lee
Prepared for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The report examines the economic and policy implications of different carbon dioxide (CO2) allowance allocation approaches under the Clean Power Plan’s (CPP) mass-based standard and/or carbon-cutting programs.

Report
Covering New Gas-Fired Combined Cycle Plants under the Clean Power Plan: Implications for Economic Efficiency and Wholesale Electricity Markets
November 2016
Prepared for the Natural Resources Defense Council

The report examines the potential implications for competitive wholesale electricity markets if new gas-fired combined cycle (CC) plants are not covered under the Clean Power Plan’s (CPP) mass-based state implementation plans (SIPs).

Presentation
October 24, 2016
Presented at the Embassy of Canada and Canadian Electricity Association’s Half-day Conference
Presentation
September 8, 2016
Robert S. Mudge, Metin Celebi, Susan Nickey , Allyson Umberger Browne, and Elias B. Hinckley
Presented at the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section's Annual Meeting
Article
Preliminary Comment on New York Department of Public Service “Staff’s Responsive Proposal for Preserving Zero-Emissions Attributes”
July 12, 2016
Prepared for the New York State IBEW Utility Labor Council, Rochester Building & Construction Trades Council, and Central and Northern New York Building & Construction Trades Council
Report
June 21, 2016
Judy Chang, Michael Hagerty, and Will Gorman
Project Funded by the Barr Foundation
Report
Clean Energy Resource Options for Massachusetts: Overall Recommendations
June 21, 2016
Project Funded by the Barr Foundation
Report
June 2016
Prepared for the Canadian Electricity Association, Canadian Hydropower Association, Canadian Wind Energy Association, Emera Incorporated, Government of Canada, Government of Québec, Manitoba Hydro, Nalcor Energy, and Powerex Corporation
Report
The Clean Power Plan: Focus on Implementation and Compliance
January 2016
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Article
Hurry or Wait – The Pros and Cons of Going Fast or Slow on Climate Change
July 2015
Eleanor Denny and Jürgen Weiss
Published in The Economists' Voice, Volume 12, Issue 1
Article
State Cooperation Under the EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan
April 2015
David Luke Oates and Paulina Jaramillo
Published in The Electricity Journal
Report
EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Reliability: Assessing NERC's Initial Reliability Review
February 2015
Prepared for Advanced Energy Economy Institute
Article
How Will The EPA's Clean Power Plan Impact Wind?
July 1, 2014
Published in North American Windpower
Report
Policy Brief - EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan: Implications for States and the Electric Industry
June 2014
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Report
A Market-based Regional Approach to Valuing and Reducing GHG Emissions from Power Sector
April 2014
Prepared for Great River Energy
Report
Coal Plant Retirements: Feedback Effects on Wholesale Electricity Prices - Revised
November 2013
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Article
Production Cost and Air Emissions Impacts of Coal Cycling in Power Systems with Large-Scale Wind Penetration
2013
David Luke Oates and Paulina Jaramillo
Published in Environmental Research Letters