EI News and Notes

International Energy Sector Economist Joins EI

Amparo Nieto, an economist with over twenty years of international experience in energy sector regulatory policy and electricity markets, has joined EI’s energy practice. Ms. Nieto has advised electric utilities, regulatory commissions, and independent system operators worldwide. Ms. Nieto has testified before state regulatory commissions in the United States, typically in matters involving marginal cost modeling and regulatory decisions including rate reforms, power contract design, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) proceedings, energy litigation matters, and competition analysis.

Ms. Nieto’s recent work has focused on market-based and regulatory solutions to address customer-owned renewable generation integration challenges and on enhancements to distribution regulatory models. At the wholesale level, Ms. Nieto has reviewed ISO forward capacity auctions and proposed market power mitigation measures; designed and conducted energy auctions on behalf of utilities; reviewed resource planning methods; and recommended regulatory mechanisms to support renewable generation.

Ms. Nieto has published energy papers in The Electricity Journal and other leading journals and often participates as an expert panelist at energy regulatory conferences.

EI Principal on USPTO Copyright Panel

EI Principal Stephen E. Siwek recently spoke at the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Copyright Seminar 2017, hosted in Alexandria, Virginia from November 6th-9th, 2017. Mr. Siwek was a presenter for the panel on “Economic Impact of Copyright Industries.”