Dr. Jeremy Fisher

Principal Associate

Education

PhD Geological Sciences, Brown University

MS Geological Sciences, Brown University

BS Geology, University of Maryland

Jeremy Fisher brings a decade of resource planning experience to bear on the evaluation and development of electric-system plans, environmental regulations, and electric system policies. At Synapse, Dr. Fisher leads the resource planning group focused on the in-depth review of utility proposals and development of state to regional-scale energy plans on behalf of public interest clients. He provides strategic guidance, detailed quantitative review, and expert testimony for regulatory proceedings.

Dr. Fisher has developed numerous public-facing papers to support the productive engagement of stakeholders in the development of resource plans and environmental regulations. He works on behalf of federal, state, and public interest clients, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Puerto Rico Energy Commission, and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Dr. Fisher has provided expert testimony on electric resource planning issues before public utility commissions in California, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. In addition, Dr. Fisher has provided detailed comment and review of utility resource plans in Alaska, California, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Tennessee, and Georgia.

His focus includes in-depth review of utility resource planning assumptions and inputs, calculations and modeling, treatment of key risks and uncertainties, and the criteria used to evaluate alternative resource plans. Dr. Fisher also participates in rate cases and Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) cases to evaluate the prudence and revenue requirements of proposed and historical utility investments.

Dr. Fisher has developed and published numerous applications to estimate the impacts of planning and policy decisions on the U.S. generation fleet and on emissions from fossil fuel generation. On behalf of EPA, Dr. Fisher led the development of the Avoided Emissions and Generation Tool (AVERT) (www.epa.gov/avert), a peer-reviewed tool designed to assist states in using energy efficiency and renewable energy towards compliance with various air emissions regulations. He also provides technical guidance to the EPA and other clients on best practices in electric system modeling and resource planning.

Dr. Fisher holds an MS and PhD in Geological Sciences from Brown University, where he studied global ecosystem modeling and climate variability from satellite-based remote sensing. His work has been published in numerous scientific journals, including Nature, on both ecosystem and energy-based work. Before joining Synapse in 2007, Dr. Fisher researched feedback cycles between the climate and carbon exchange in ecosystems, including determining the footprint of Hurricane Katrina. He earned a BS in Geology and a BA in Geography from the University of Maryland.

Selected Recent Publications

Direct Testimony Regarding Georgia Power 2016 Integrated Resource Plan

On behalf of Sierra Club, March 2016

Author: Jeremy Fisher

Beyond the Clean Power Plan: How the Eastern Interconnection Can Significantly Reduce CO2 Emissions and Maintain Reliability

Synapse Energy Economics for the Union of Concerned Scientists, 2016

Authors: Sarah Jackson, Jeremy Fisher PhD, Bob Fagan, Wendy Ong

Declaration Regarding Regional Haze Rule for Texas and Oklahoma 

Synapse Energy Economics for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2016

Authors: Jeremy Fisher