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Client:
Mississippi Attorney General's Office
Year:
1997

Synapse conducted an economic analysis of a proposed 1,000 MW natural gas combined-cycle power plant. The results were presented in the testimony of Bruce Biewald before the Mississippi Public Service Commission in Docket No. 97-UA-496. Testimony filed in November 1997.

Client:
New Hampshire Office of Consumer Advocate
Year:
1997

Synapse prepared comments on restructuring issues and a report on market power and stranded costs. Synapse provided testimony before the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission on these issues. Project completed in September 1997.

Client:
Connecticut Office of Attorney General
Year:
1997

The Connecticut Attorney General retained Synapse Energy Economics to provide technical and policy support regarding the State’s electric industry restructuring process.  Synapse addressed the following issues: stranded costs, market power, and environmental protection.  Project completed in 1997.

Client:
Union of Concerned Scientists, MASSPIRG, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action, Massachusetts Citizens for Safe Energy
Year:
1997

Synapse prepared an overview of the utility and industry estimates of stranded costs in Massachusetts.  The study discussed the implications of the Boston Edison, Massachusetts Electric Company, and Eastern Edison settlements on stranded costs, as well as the sale of MECO’s generation assets to the US Generation Company.  The study also included an overview of stranded cost recovery policies, and recommended a set of policies for recovering stranded costs in Massachusetts.  Report dated November 1997.

Related Publication(s)
Massachusetts Electric Utility Stranded Costs
Client:
New England Governors’ Conference
Year:
1997

Synapse, with Tellus Institute, analyzed sustainable technologies and electricity restructuring for the New England Governors’ Conference.  This project included the identification of barriers to renewable generation and current programs to overcome those barriers, as well as recommendations for policies to promote the development and use of renewable generating technologies in New England.  Report dated November 1997.

Client:
Ontario Hydro Department of Regulatory Affairs
Year:
1997

Synapse provided consulting services regarding approaches to performance-based regulation of electricity distributors in Ontario.  Project completed in June 1997.

Client:
Maryland Office of the People’s Counsel
Year:
1997

Synapse Energy Economics and Resource Insight evaluated the market power implications of the proposed merger of Allegheny Power System and Duquesne Light Company.  The results were presented in the testimony of Bruce Biewald before the Maryland Public Service Commission. Project completed in 1997.

Client:
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Year:
1997

Synapse analyzed PBR for distribution companies, and identified PBR options for maintaining public interest goals in a restructured electricity industry. This project included the examination of incentive frameworks for demand-side management and distributed generation, service quality measures, and PBR in the transition to deregulated generation. Resource Insight, National Consumer Law Center, and Peter Bradford were subcontractors to Synapse on this project. Report dated November 1997.

Related Publication(s)
Performance-Based Regulation in a Restructured Electricity Industry
Client:
City of New York
Year:
1997

Synapse conducted a behavioral modeling analysis of electricity market power in New York City given transmission constraints.  Bruce Biewald testified on behalf of the City in ConEd’s restructuring docket.  Synapse reviewed the market power analysis conducted by Dr. Hieronymus for ConEd.  Testimony filed in April 1997.

Related Publication(s)
Market Power in New York City
Client:
Regulatory Assistance Project
Year:
1997

Synapse examined data availability and approaches for tracking transactions for “environmental disclosure” -- providing information to electricity consumers about the sources and impacts of the generation that they purchase. Report dated March 1997.

Client:
N/A
Year:
1996

Bruce Biewald prepared “Electric Industry Restructuring and Environmental Sustainability” for the 17th North American Conference of the United States Association for Energy Economics and the International Association for Energy Economics in Boston, Massachusetts in October 1996.

Related Publication(s)
Electric Industry Restructuring and Environmental Sustainability
Client:
N/A
Year:
1996

In “Flexible Pricing and PBR: Making Rate Discounts Fair for Core Customers,” published in Public Utilities Fortnightly, Tim Woolf and Julie Michals discuss the inequity among customers and customer classes caused by flexible pricing and ways to increase the potential for net benefits to all customers. Article published July 15, 1996.

Related Publication(s)
Flexible Pricing and PBR: Making Rate Discounts Fair for Core Customers
Client:
N/A
Year:
1995

Performance-based ratemaking is increasingly being considered an alternative to traditional regulation within a more competitive electricity industry. If designed well, PBR can provide better financial incentives than exist today. In “Performance-Based Ratemaking: Opportunities and Risks in a Competitive Electricity Industry,” published in The Electricity Journal, Tim Woolf and Julie Michals discuss how regulators should carefully design PBR mechanisms that incorporate long-term public policy objectives as well as short-term profit incentives. Access the article here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/1040619095900187.

Related Publication(s)
Performance-Based Ratemaking: Opportunities and Risks in a Competitive Electricity Industry
Client:
N/A
Year:
1988

Bruce Biewald and Stephen Bernow prepared “Electric Utility System Reliability Analysis: Determining the Need for Generating Capacity” for the Sixth NARUC Biennial Regulatory Information Conference, September 1988.

Related Publication(s)
Electric Utility System Reliability Analysis: Determining the Need for Generating Capacity

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