Dr. Thomas Vitolo

Senior Associate

Dr. Thomas Vitolo
Education

PhD Systems Engineering, Boston University

MS Financial and Industrial Mathematics, Dublin City University

BS Applied Mathematics, North Carolina State University

BS Computer Science, North Carolina State University

BS Economics, North Carolina State University

Tommy Vitolo is a senior associate at Synapse. He earned his PhD in systems engineering from Boston University, and has more than eight years of professional experience as a consultant, researcher, and analyst.

Since joining Synapse in 2011, Dr. Vitolo has focused on utility resource planning, variable resource integration and valuation, avoided costs, and other issues that typically involve statistical analysis, computer simulation modeling, and stochastic processes. He has filed expert testimony in Vermont related to utility-scale solar, in Missouri related to utility integrated resource planning, in South Carolina related to a methodology for calculating the costs and benefits of solar net energy metering, and in California regarding the state’s Long Term Procurement Plan proceeding affecting the three largest investor-owned utilities. He has provided analysis on the costs and benefits of distributed generation in California, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin. He has also reviewed and critiqued the numerical analysis, modeling, and decision strategies of integrated resource plans and certificates of public convenience and necessity submitted by utilities located in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Dr. Vitolo’s recent work includes leading projects to review and comment on utility and municipal electric resource planning in Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, and Nebraska; reviewing utility filings in Kansas City Power & Light, Georgia Power, and PacifiCorp IRP cases; analyzing system integration issues related to intermittent renewable resources in California and in Nova Scotia; providing comments, presentations, or testimony in proceedings to determine the value of distributed solar energy in Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Utah, and Vermont; and developing and analyzing national electricity resource scenarios for the Energy Foundation and the Civil Society Institute.

Before joining Synapse, Dr. Vitolo worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, where he designed algorithms and implemented software to create network topologies for orbital, aerial, land-based, and nautical vehicles. His academic work focused on optimizing physical and financial systems through quantitative analysis, linear and nonlinear programming, and other methods.

Selected Recent Publications

Direct Testimony of Regarding Duke Energy Carolinas NEM Methodology

On behalf of South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, 2016

Authors: Thomas Vitolo

Meeting Maryland's RPS

Synapse Energy Economics for the Maryland Climate Coalition, 2015

Authors: Thomas Vitolo PhD, Ariel Horowitz PhD, Patrick Luckow, Nidhi R. Santen PhD

New Renewable Generation Capacity - Why Here and Not There? 

Synapse Energy Economics Webinar, 2016

Authors: Thomas Vitolo PhD, Patrick Luckow