Spencer Fields is a consultant and researcher who assists in writing testimony and reports on a wide range of issues, including employment impacts of investments in renewable and traditional energy projects, state-specific impacts and planning requirements of the Clean Power Plan, utility integrated resource planning (IRP) practices, and the role of demand-side or distributed resources in various markets.
His recent work includes modeling the implications of the Clean Power Plan for a wide range of states across the country, reviewing forecasts of distributed generation and transmission planning needs in ISO-NE as an active participant of the NEPOOL process, analyzing the potential benefits of the newly formed CAISO Energy Imbalance Market, and reviewing more than 90 recent IRPs to investigate utility assumptions regarding carbon dioxide emissions.
Prior to joining Synapse, Mr. Fields was a climate and energy research intern at the Worldwatch Institute. There, he analyzed research on energy demand, advancements in renewable energy technology, and international climate and energy policies, with a special focus on establishing renewable energy targets and creating energy roadmaps for the Caribbean. His professional experience also includes researching climate finance at Brown University’s Climate and Development Lab, where he produced multiple policy briefs with the International Institute for Environment and Development and the European Capacity Building Initiative.
Mr. Fields holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies from Brown University.
Selected Recent Publications
Synapse Energy Economics, July 2015
Authors: Spencer Fields, Patrick Luckow, Tommy Vitolo
Synapse Energy Economics, March 2016
Authors: Patrick Luckow, Elizabeth A. Stanton, Spencer Fields, Wendy Ong, Bruce Biewald, Sarah Jackson, Jeremy Fisher
Synapse Energy Economics for Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain Advocates, September 2016
Authors: Rachel Wilson, Spencer Fields, Patrick Knight, Ed McGee, Wendy Ong, Nidhi R. Santen, Thomas Vitolo, Elizabeth A. Stanton