Research Papers

RTO Cost Benefit Analyses

2005 | 2004 | 2002


Potomac Economics, Ltd. Estimated Market Effects of the New York Renewable Portfolio Standard. June 2005. Report, 50 pages.


Snohomish County Public Utility District. Study of Costs, Benefits and Alternatives to Grid West. 15 October 2004. Final report (prepared by Henwood Energy Services, Inc.), 88 pages.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Staff Report on Cost Ranges for the Development and Operation of a Day One Regional Transmission Organization [Docket No. PL04-16-000]. 6 October 2004. 124 pages.

The items below, which are three of the most requested, are representative of the cost benefit analyses available concerning the creation of RTOs and other issues. Also see State Utility Commissions and RTO/ISO.


FERC (ICF Consulting). Economic Assessment of RTO Policy. 26 February 2002. Paper, 91 pages. There have been extensive comments and response to this assessment.Go to FERC and search for Docket RM01-12.

RTO West (Tabors, Caramanis and Associates). RTO West Benefit/Cost Study. 11 March 2002. Paper, 149 pages.

PJM. The PJM Cost/Benefit Analysis for the New England RTO. Preliminary Draft - for Discussion Purposes only. <br>4 January 2002. Presentation, 13 pages.


Capacity Markets

Climate Change


Competitive Market Models and Transitions to Competition

Electric Storage

Demand Response

Demand Side Management/Conservation

Distributed Generation

EPAct and Predictions for the Future

FERC Rulings and Reports

Financial Markets

Financial Transmission Rights

Investment Incentives/Risk Allocation

Lessons from Abroad

Lessons from Other US Industries


Market Liquidity

Market "Manipulation"

Merchant Transmission

Mergers, Market Power and Anti-Trust

National Energy Policy

Natural Gas

Nuclear Power

PEV (Plug-in Electric Vehicles)

Public Power

Regional Transmission Organizations

Regulation, Governance and Judicial Review


Renewable Energy

Research and Development

Resource Adequacy

Retail Pricing

Scarcity Pricing


Smart Grid

Standard Market Design and Demand-Side Activities

State and Regional Activities


Stranded Benefits (Including Public Policy, Environment, DSM, IRP)

Stranded Investments, Assets, Costs (Including the Nuclear Question)

Transmission Cost Allocation

Technology Incentives

Transmission Investment

Transmission Planning

Wholesale and Retail Competition

Miscellaneous (Including Electricity Futures, Economic Principles, Financial Reform)