Renewable & Alternative Energy

The Brattle Group works with grid operators, generation owners, utilities, renewable energy investors, transmission companies and RTOs, governments, and trade associations to understand, prepare for, and guide the development of markets to accommodate and facilitate the increasing use of renewable energy resources.

Renewable power generation technologies have been the fastest-growing generation segment across many countries in recent years, due to a combination of government policies and falling costs. However, this rapid growth has raised new questions that often challenge the existing regulations and contractual norms.

Our experts provide advice and analysis on the economics, finance, and market regulation associated with renewable energy resources. We bring the combined experience of traditional power market evaluation methods (market design, resource planning, climate change analyses, valuation and financial analyses, portfolio tools, risk management, forecasting, etc.) plus knowledge of renewable energy technologies, implications of public policies, system operations, and an understanding of the interactions among them.

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. Mudge, Chief Operating Officer of The Brattle Group, is an expert in corporate and project finance matters in the energy industry. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Murphy 038
Principal
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Dr. Murphy is an engineer and economist with expertise in energy, competitive, and regulatory economics and finance, as well as quantitative modeling and risk analysis. 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
Tsuchida 084
Principal
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Mr. Tsuchida specializes in the analysis of wholesale electric markets and modeling. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Jurgen weiss0492
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
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Principal
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Mr. Zarakas is an expert in economic, financial, strategic, and regulatory analyses in the utility, telecommunications, and media industries. 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
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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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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
Ruiz 065
Senior Associate
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Dr. Ruiz is an electrical engineer with experience in electric power systems analysis and research. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Yang71
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
Electrification: Opportunities for Multiple Win Wins
October 5, 2017
Presented to Executive Forum: Business Collaboration to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Markets
Presentation
Electrification Opportunities and Challenges
September 13, 2017
Presented to Clean Energy Legislative Academy
Presentation
Transmission Planning Strategies to Accommodate Renewables
September 11, 2017
Presented at Energy Utility Consultants, Inc. (EUCI) Conference on Renewable Energy Grid Operations
Presentation
Electrification: Opportunities for Multiple Win Wins
June 1, 2017
Presented to Repowering the Western Economy
Presentation
Electrification: Opportunities for Multiple Win Wins
May 31, 2017
Presented at the Rhode Island Power Sector Transformation Technical Meeting
Report
May 12, 2017
Prepared for the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and the Distributed

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) and Distributed Generation Board engaged The Brattle Group to conduct a study to assess the economic, jobs, and environmental impacts of the Renewable Energy Growth (REG) Program years 2015 and 2016 as well as to estimate, based on the experience with program years 2015 and 2016, the expected impacts of the overall REG program between 2015 and 2019.

Article
Using Electric And Gas Forwards To Manage Market Risks
May 2017
Published in North American Windpower
Presentation
Hurry or Wait? Pacing the Roll-Out of Renewables in the face of Climate Change
April 13, 2017
Presented at Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy’s Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Presentation
Electrification: Emerging Opportunities for Load Growth
April 3, 2017
Presented at the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) Conference on Transportation Electrification
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.

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.

Presentation
The Role of RTO/ISO Markets in Facilitating Renewable Generation Development
December 8, 2016
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.

This Brattle presentation illustrates how the U.S. electric power industry has been investing in renewable resources well beyond states’ renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and targets.

Presentation
October 24, 2016
Presented at the Embassy of Canada and Canadian Electricity Association’s Half-day Conference
Presentation
Western Regional Market Developments: Impact on Renewable Generation Investments and Balancing Costs
October 19, 2016
Presented at the 9th Annual Large Solar Conference
Report
Clean Energy Resource Options for Massachusetts: Overall Recommendations
June 21, 2016
Project Funded by the Barr Foundation
Report
June 21, 2016
Judy Chang, Michael Hagerty, and Will Gorman
Project Funded by the Barr Foundation
Report
Review of the Renewable Denton Plan: Final Report
June 10, 2016
Prepared for City Manager George Campbell, City of Denton, Texas
Presentation
May 17, 2016
Ira H. Shavel, Yingxia Yang, Roger Lueken, Andrew O’Brien, and Colin McIntyre
Prepared for The Texas Clean Energy Coalition
Report
January 15, 2016
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Report
Comparative Generation Costs of Utility-Scale and Residential-Scale PV in Xcel Energy Colorado’s Service Area
July 2015
Prepared for First Solar
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
Report
Integrating Renewable Energy into the Electricity Grid: Case studies showing how system operators are maintaining reliability
June 2015
Prepared for the Advanced Energy Economy Institute
Report
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Policy Review for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
May 2015
Jürgen Weiss, Ahmad Faruqui, Ryan Hledik, Neil Lessem, Greg Wikler, Surya Swamy, Keith Downes, Jon Strahl, Amjad Alkam, and John Gulliver
Prepared for The Electricity and Co-generation Regulatory Authority
Report
Nebraska Renewable Energy Exports: Challenges and Opportunities
December 12, 2014
Prepared for the Nebraska Power Review Board
Article
Germany’s Energiewende Enjoys Broad Support, But Policy and Technical Challenges Must be Solved
December 2014
Published in Climate Change Business Journal, Volume VII
Report
Solar Energy Support in Germany: A Closer Look
July 30, 2014
Prepared for the Solar Energy Industries Association
Article
How Will The EPA's Clean Power Plan Impact Wind?
July 1, 2014
Published in North American Windpower
Report
Exploring Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT, Part III: The Role of Demand Response, Energy Efficiency, and Combined Heat & Power
May 29, 2014
Prepared for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC)
Report
Exploring Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT Part II: Future Generation Scenarios for Texas
December 10, 2013
Prepared for The Texas Clean Energy Coalition
Report
A Learning Investment-Based Analysis of the Economic Potential for Offshore Wind: The Case of the United States
February 28, 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
Report
The Potential Impact of Solar PV on Electricity Markets in Texas
June 19, 2012
Prepared for the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Energy Foundation