Senior Vice President, Consulting
Tim Woolf has more than 30 years of experience analyzing technical and economic aspects of energy and environmental issues. Before returning to Synapse in 2011, he served four years as a commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), where he played a leading role in developing the Commonwealth’s aggressive clean energy policies.
Mr. Woolf’s primary areas of focus include electricity industry regulation and planning, energy efficiency program design and policy analysis, technical and economic analyses of electricity systems, renewable resource technologies and policies, clean air regulations and policies, and many aspects of consumer and environmental protection.
During his tenure as a commissioner at the Massachusetts DPU (2007 to 2011), he oversaw a dramatic expansion of ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs, the implementation of decoupled rates for electric and gas companies, the promulgation of net metering regulations, an assessment of smart grid pilot programs, and the review of long-term contracts for renewable energy. He also served as the President of the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners from 2009 to 2010, a board member on the Energy Facilities Siting Board from 2007 to 2010, and a co-chair on the Utility Motivation Work Group of the State Energy Efficiency Action Network from 2009 to 2010.
A large portion of Mr. Woolf’s career has been dedicated to the review and development of energy efficiency programs and regulatory policies. His current work encompasses all aspects of energy efficiency program planning and implementation, including program design, avoided cost analyses, cost-benefit analyses, cost recovery, decoupling, utility performance incentives, integrated resource planning, and other relevant regulatory policies.
Mr. Woolf has reviewed and critiqued utility energy efficiency programs and policies in more than a dozen states and Canadian provinces—including Arkansas, British Columbia, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Nova Scotia, Rhode Island, Québec, and Vermont—and has led several national and regional studies addressing energy efficiency program and policy issues. He is currently the lead technical advisor for the National Efficiency Screening Coalition, and he recently co-chaired a working group to prepare a study addressing the cost-effectiveness of demand response programs around the country on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Mr. Woolf has testified as an expert witness in more than 35 state regulatory proceedings, and has authored more than 60 reports on electricity industry regulation and restructuring. He represents clients in collaboratives, task forces, and settlement negotiations, and has published articles on electric utility regulation in Energy Policy, Public Utilities Fortnightly, The Electricity Journal, Local Environment, Utilities Policy, Energy and Environment, and The Review of European Community and Environmental Law.
Mr. Woolf holds an MBA from Boston University, a Diploma in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in English from Tufts University.
Selected Recent Publications
Synapse Energy Economics for Consumers Union, 2016
Authors: Tim Woolf, Melissa Whited, Patrick Knight, Tommy Vitolo PhD, Kenji Takahashi
Prepared for Natural Resources Defense Council, E4TheFuture, CLEAResult, Lime Energy, Association for Energy Affordability, and Alliance for Clean Energy New York, 2016
Authors: Tim Woolf, Alice Napoleon, Patrick Luckow, Wendy Ong, Kenji Takahashi
On Behalf of Counsel to Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, 2015
Authors: Tim Woolf