Latest The Brattle Group Stories

2014-06-18 12:26:41

Outlines key questions for states and the electric industry in evaluating EPA's Clean Power Plan CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Economists at The Brattle Group issued a policy brief today that examines the primary features and implications of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed CO(2) emissions standards for existing fossil units under the Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 111(d). The brief also outlines key questions that states and electric industry participants...

2014-06-03 12:27:29

Phase III of TCEC-led study finds adoption of expanded energy efficiency and demand response programs could reduce 40 to 50 percent of projected peak demand growth across the system AUSTIN, Texas, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Natural gas and renewable energy will continue to dominate the Texas electric supply additions over the next 20 years, while adoption of expanded energy efficiency and demand response programs could reduce 40 to 50 percent of projected peak demand growth...

2014-06-02 08:24:42

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In anticipation of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed guidelines under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, set to be released today, The Brattle Group has released a compendium of prior studies examining the effects of a potential carbon emissions rulemaking. These studies cover a range of possible rulemaking options pertaining to carbon emissions in a wide variety of power markets across the United States. Many features...

2014-02-11 08:25:12

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Economists at The Brattle Group have prepared a report for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that assesses the economic and reliability implications of different resource adequacy standards. Released by the FERC Sunday at the FERC-NARUC Collaborative, the report finds that the common one-day-in-ten-years ("1-in-10") resource adequacy standard varies greatly in how it is applied across North America. The Brattle report surveys...

2014-02-06 08:26:58

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Economists at The Brattle Group released a report today in which they analyze the impact of different spectrum sharing schemes and propose implementing a spectrum based fee that would incentivize federal users to adjust their usage to more efficiently allocate this scarce resource and reduce costs. As demand for more complex wireless technologies increases, so does the demand from both commercial and government users for spectrum suitable for wireless...

2014-02-05 08:23:59

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Working with Minnesota-based Great River Energy, Brattle Group economists developed a regional market-based approach to implement EPA's forthcoming rule under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power generating sources ("Existing Source Rule"). The approach uses existing energy market infrastructure to achieve emission reduction targets while ensuring reliability and minimizing cost impacts....

2014-02-04 16:23:38

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Economists at The Brattle Group have authored a report that provides a foundation for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator's (MISO) newly-codified Market Vision and for the Market Development Roadmap that MISO and stakeholders will develop between now and June. The Brattle report identifies the "Core Services" that MISO must continue to provide to support a well-functioning market, and it proposes a set of principles for enhancing those...

2014-02-03 12:22:52

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Economists at The Brattle Group released a study on Friday that estimates what planning reserve margin would be economically optimal in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas' (ERCOT) wholesale electricity market. The study finds that ERCOT's current energy-only market design can be expected to support an average reserve margin that is above the risk-neutral economic optimum, but substantially below the reserve margin consistent with the...

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