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 climate and energy policies, utility integrated resource planning (IRP) practices, and the role of demand-side or distributed resources in various markets.
His recent work includes analysis of replacement energy and capacity resources for the Indian Point Energy Center under the New York Clean Energy Standard, analysis of the need for natural gas pipeline capacity in the mid-Atlantic region, and reviewing forecasts of distributed generation and transmission planning needs in ISO-NE as an active participant of the NEPOOL process. He has also been assessing off-shore wind project applications in Maryland and forecasting capacity market clearing prices in ISO-NE and PJM as a result of new regulations and market mechanisms. In addition to his focus on demand-side resources, capacity markets throughout the country, and the budding off-shore wind industry, Mr. Fields serves as one of Synapse’s primary electric-sector modelers, running NREL’s Regional Energy Deployment System models for a variety of different projects.
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