Director & Principal
As our Director of Research, Dr. Scott Niemann contributes to all of our Research reports. In addition, he is the lead analyst on both Capacity Watch and Energy Watch Quarterly.
Scott is an economist with more than 20 years of experience in the design, policy, and analysis of energy markets. He has advised clients on a broad range of commercial and policy-related issues in energy markets and network industries. Much of his current work focuses on wholesale power markets, addressing market design, infrastructure investments, cost-benefit analysis, LMP pricing, financial transmission rights, resource adequacy markets, seams issues, and market power. He has conducted numerous market studies addressing the financial performance of electric generating assets, benefits of potential electric generation, transmission, and gas infrastructure upgrades, valuation of financial transmission rights, market power concerns, and economic damages. Scott has been retained as a market expert by a broad range of clients, including utilities, merchant power providers, investors, and trading organizations. He has provided expert testimony in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and several state commissions.
Prior to joining ESAI, Scott was a Vice President in the Energy Practice of Charles River Associates, where he worked from 2001 through 2012. From 1998 until 2001, he was a Principal Consultant at PA Consulting (and predecessor companies, PHB Hagler Bailly, and Putnam, Hayes, and Bartlett), where he conducted economic analyses in the environmental, energy, and commercial litigation practice areas. Scott holds a PH.D. in Economics and a Masters of Science from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. in Mathematics, Political Science, and Economics from the University of Kansas.