Market design, advocacy and regulatory support

  • Assessment of electricity market transparency: For a coalition of Mexican trade groups, performed an assessment of transparency in the Mexican wholesale electricity market. Presented findings to the Mexican energy regulator’s Advisory Council (Consejo Consultivo de la Comisión Reguladora de Energía). The coalition included Asociación Mexicana de Energía Eólica (AMDEE, Mexican wind energy association), Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovoltaica (ASOLMEX), Asociación de Comercializadores de Energía (ACE), Asociación Mexicana de Energía (AME), COGENERA México, and Asociación Mexicana de Energía Hidroeléctrica (AMEXHIDRO)

  • Comparative study on electricity market transparency: For a coalition of Mexican trade groups, analyzed, in a selection of international markets, practices that create transparency into market operation and outcomes. Presented findings to the Mexican energy regulator's Advisory Council (Consejo Consultivo de la CRE). The coalition included Asociación Mexicana de Energía Eólica (AMDEE), Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovoltaica (ASOLMEX), Asociación Mexicana de Energía Hidroeléctrica (AMEXHIDRO), COGENERA México (CM), and Asociación Mexicana de Energía (AME).

  • Analysis of transmission cost allocation practices: For a wind and solar project developer, analyzed the Mexican regulator’s transmission tariff approach, compared it to international best practices, and recommended options to explore for improving transmission cost allocation.

  • Energy storage participation in wholesale electricity markets. For a wind and solar project developer, identified barriers to the participation of energy storage resources in Mexico’s wholesale electricity market, in the context of international benchmarks.

  • Costs/benefits of RTO switching: For two large transmission owning utilities, analyzed the costs and benefits of leaving the utility’s current ISO/RTO and joining neighboring RTOs.

  • Market design: For independent power producers and power marketers including Enron and US Generating, developed detailed proposals of new NEPOOL (New England power pool) operating rules for a restructured industry environment.  Represented the client in negotiations with other NEPOOL members, and participated as a member of the NEPOOL Review Committee, and later on the Regional Market Operations Committee and the Congestion Management Subcommittee.

  • Comparative analysis of ancillary services market design: For EMC, Singapore’s market operator, led an in-depth and critical analysis of ancillary services rules and procedures in seven markets in the US and Asia-Pacific regions. EMC will use the results of the study to inform decisions involving potentially significant modifications to its own markets.

  • Comparitive study of data release practices: For PJM Interconnection, performed a comparative study of data release practices and their implications for competitiveness and market efficiency in twelve organized electricity markets around the world. 

  • Congestion management and FTRs: In New York and the PJM Interconnection, developed alternative congestion management proposals and represented clients in restructuring committees.  Developed an approach to the award of financial congestion rights, implemented in New York.  Developed much of the approach used to award financial congestion rights to investors in transmission expansions, currently under development in New York.

  • For the Attorney General of Massachusetts, developed a strategy for conducting a statewide or regional auction to allocate the provision of electric service to retail customers electing not to choose a supplier based on suppliers’ ability to serve at the lowest cost.

  • For independent power producers and power marketers including Sempra Energy Trading, Dynegy, Coral, Morgan Stanley, AES, Electric Clearinghouse, Sithe Energies, Acciona, Champion Bucksport, the Coalition for a Competitive Electric Market, The Power Trading Council, and the Competitive Power Coalition, and others, developed positions on restructuring and wrote filings and affidavits for various state and federal regulatory proceedings.

  • Study of Locational Pricing in the Salvadoran Electricity Market: For the Presidential Commission for the Modernization of the Public Sector and the Ministry of Economics, with funding from the World Bank, evaluated the method of locational pricing currently used as well as alternative approaches, and reviewed the method by which wholesale electricity prices are used to determine retail prices.

  • Study of Market Power in the Salvadoran Electricity Market: For the Presidential Commission for the Modernization of the Public Sector and the Ministry of Economics, with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank, analyzed the presence of and future potential for the exercise of market power in the Salvadoran wholesale electricity market, and provided recommendations for mitigation.

  • On behalf of a power supplier, analyzed and developed positions on the Mexican government’s proposals to restructure the electricity industry.

  • Commissioned by the Government of the Hong Kong (as part of a team) to undertake a study entitled Interconnection and Competition in the Hong Kong Electricity Supply Sector.  The objective of the study was to establish whether additional interconnection between Hong Kong’s two electricity supply companies and competition in the electricity supply sector would be in the interest of consumers, and provide recommendations of various market structure alternatives.

Topic Area

  • Electricity Market Economics and Operation
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