Tyler Comings conducts research on energy system planning and coal plant economics, and performs economic modeling and analysis in support of a wide range of projects. He has ten years of experience performing economic impact and benefit-cost analyses, statistical modeling, and research on environmental issues.
At Synapse, Mr. Comings has filed expert testimony on coal economics and resource planning in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Oklahoma; and on economic impacts of utility mergers in New Jersey, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He has provided comments on integrated resource plans by Entergy Louisiana, Indianapolis Power and Light, Duke Energy Indiana, Cleco, and the state of Connecticut. Mr. Comings has also conducted many economic impact analyses using models such as REMI and IMPLAN. Recently, he estimated the economic impacts of investments in wind, solar, and energy efficiency in Montana.
Prior to joining Synapse, Mr. Comings was a senior associate at ideas42, a think tank specializing in behavioral economics research. There, he performed research on consumer behavior, including conducting case studies of innovative financial products in developing countries, and leading studies on behavioral interventions to prevent foreclosure. Prior to that, he served as an economic consultant and research analyst at Economic Development Research Group, Inc., a consulting firm. His responsibilities there included analyzing transportation and environmental policies, creating economic development strategies, and modeling the economic impact of renewable energy and energy efficiency investments.
Mr. Comings holds a master’s degree in economics from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Boston University.
Selected Recent Publications
Synapse Energy Economics for Consumers Union, September 2016
Authors: Tyler Comings, Avi Allison, Frank Ackerman PhD
Synapse Energy Economics for Sierra Club, January 2017
Authors: Tyler Comings, Ariel Horowitz PhD, Kenji Takahashi
Synapse Energy Economics for Sierra Club, June 2016
Authors: Tyler Comings, Sarah Jackson, Jeremy Fisher PhD