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 Expert  727314

Expert in Wholesale and Retail Electricity Markets, Contract Negotiation and Litigation

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has designed and taught an undergraduate course in energy economics, covering oil, natural gas, electricity, energy efficiency and climate change. The behavior of market participants was a key element of this course. He has also conducted and published research in the behavior of non-profit wholesale energy providers and the reaction of financial markets to FERC decisions. Expert has also represented a variety of clients at the wholesale level of the electricity industry, in regulatory proceedings, contract negotiations, and litigation. Expert holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Yale University.

energy economics


energy industry behavior

Expert has conducted investigations into the structure and outcomes of wholesale electricity markets, and has advised clients in the Northwest and nationally on wholesale restructuring, including proposals for restructuring the California and Northwest markets.

Expert is responsible for an annual power supply budget of approximately $80 million, which includes contract negotiation, litigation, understanding of market conditions, managing analysts, regulatory compliance (renewable requirements and carbon allowances), and energy trading.


electricity market


electricity market structure


electricity market restructuring


energy market analysis


energy market development


power market development


Western United States wholesale electricity market

Expert has appeared as an expert witness before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Bonneville Power Administration, and state public utility commissions on a wide variety of issues regarding wholesale and retail price determination, including cost allocation, marginal-cost rates, ancillary service rates, and transmission rates.

electricity price determination methodology


electricity price

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California;  San Diego, California;  Long Beach, California;  Santa Ana, California;  Anaheim, California;  Riverside, California;  Bakersfield, California;  Glendale, California;  Huntington Beach, California;  and San Bernardino, California.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1981   Ph.D.   Economics   Yale University  
1979   M.Phil.   Economics   Yale University  
1976   M.A.   Economics   Yale University  
1974   B.A.   Economics   Reed College   Phi Beta Kappa, nominee for Rhodes Scholarship

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1996 to







Expert has been an independent consulting economist since 1996, and has been employed in the electricity industry since 1982.

2011 to 2015




Water and Power


Integrated Resources Planning Administrator


2010 to 2011


Union of Concerned Scientists



Senior Energy Economist


2007 to 2009


Reed College




Visiting Professor


Teaching: energy economics, introductory and intermediate/advanced microeconomic theory, economic history; advising senior theses.

1995 to 1996


R.W. Beck



Executive Economist


Operation of the Portland office; business development; project leader and participant; clients in wholesale and retail electricity sector.

1986 to 1995


Public Power Council



Senior Economist


Advice to membership of non-profit trade association on all aspects of their relationships with the Bonneville Power Administration: power and transmission rates and contracts; capital management; environmental obligations; federal statutory development.

1982 to 1986


Bonneville Power Administration




Economist and Chief, Wholesale Rates


Implementation of Northwest Power Act; testimony before the FERC on rates for power exports; as Chief, supervision of 1985 wholesale rate filing.

1980 to 1982


Reed College




Visiting Assistant Professor


Teaching: introductory microeconomics, economic history.

Career Accomplishments:

American Economics Association


Phi Beta Kappa

Publications and Patents Summary

11 publications in peer-reviewed journals or books; several other working papers

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - The Electricity Journal  
 - State Tax Notes  
 - Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics  
 - Review of Industrial Organization  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1982 to 1986   Bonneville Power Administration   Economist and Chief, Wholesale Rates   Implementation of Northwest Power Act; testimony before FERC; supervision of 1985 power rate case
2009 to 2009   US Geological Survey   Independent economist   Review economic analyses for alternative uses of Glen Canyon Dam; develop scope and guidance for future economic studies.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert testimony in litigation regarding antitrust damages, contract damages, contract interpretation, wholesale and retail power pricing, transmission pricing, transmission terms and conditions, implementation of FERC mandates, condemnation proceedings
  • Market analysis in wholesale power markets, land lease rights-of-way; evaluation of market monitoring in restructured wholesale power markets; market potential for distributed storage start-up company
  • Cost-effectiveness of investments and expenditures on fisheries restoration; economic impacts of critical habitat designation
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
FERC, Oregon PUC, Washington UTC, Idaho PUC; Northwest Energy Caucus of House of Representatives; California Assembly Committee; Energy Board of Contract Appeals; Oregon District Courts; Idaho Board of Water Resources; Bonneville Power Administration; Superior Court of Washington; arbitrator appointed by Supreme Court, Niagara County, NY; Hillsboro (OR) county court
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on damages/pricing in litigation against ESCO in New York.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   Conversational

Market Research:
In-depth understanding of wholesale electricity markets.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Northwest Public Power Association (various)


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