Gas/Electric Coordination

The Brattle Group has unparalleled expertise in both the electric power and natural gas industries and is at the forefront of navigating important issues involving the gas-electric interface.

Natural gas use as a fuel for electricity generation has increased dramatically in the last decade, and this trend may continue in the future with the continued availability of low-cost natural gas resources and further retirements of coal and nuclear generation plants. Consequently, from the electricity industry’s perspective, natural gas plays a pivotal role in the provision of reliable electric service, and the price of natural gas is a key determinant of wholesale electric power prices. From the natural gas industry’s perspective, electric power is the fastest growing demand sector, and the natural gas supply chain depends upon reliable electricity supply (e.g., electric compressors used by natural gas pipelines). Both industries are therefore increasingly dependent on each other.

Our consultants have helped ISOs/RTOs, utilities, state regulators, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), ratepayer advocates, and electric generators understand the issues surrounding gas-electric planning. We have provided them with strategic insights, analytical support, expert reports, and testimony.

Principals
Levine 056a
Principal
+1.617.234.5729
Mr. Levine specializes in energy and regulatory economics and is an expert in the economics of the natural gas, oil, and liquefied natural gas markets. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Newell 090
Principal
+1.617.864.7900
Dr. Newell is an expert in electricity wholesale markets, the transmission system, and RTO rules. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Senior Associates
Thapa 112
Senior Associate
+1.617.864.7900
Mr. Thapa is an expert in the regulation and economics of the energy sector. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Report
January 15, 2016
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Report
Is inexpensive natural gas hindering the grid energy storage industry?
October 5, 2015
Roger Lueken and Eric Hittinger
Published in Energy Policy
Article
Gas Demand Response
2011
Published in Public Utilities Fornightly's Spark