Matt Arenchild is a partner in the Energy practice’s power systems, markets and pricing group. He has extensive experience in applied economics and regulation in the energy field, particularly with respect to addressing the challenges facing the United States electric industry. With more than 15 years of experience in the energy industry, Matt collaborates with many companies nationwide on energy and electric utility issues involving market power at the state and federal level, antitrust cases, litigation, electric industry restructuring, electric transmission access and rates, market manipulation, and compliance issues.
A key focus of Matt’s work is to direct market power analyses that apply the various regulatory guidelines, such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Appendix A screen for mergers and acquisitions and the FERC’s various guidelines in cases where the parties are seeking to obtain or renew market-based rate authority. He also analyzes behavioral market power issues, examines problems of vertical integration, and assists clients with numerous issues arising from utility restructuring.
Matt advises clients in large regulatory and litigation projects, including analyzing claims of market manipulation and guiding clients on compliance issues. Particularly, he worked extensively on various litigation projects arising from the California “crisis” and subsequent investigations. He has testified before FERC and appeared before industry groups and state regulatory commissions.
Matt is leading the development of a suite of proprietary models used to analyze market power in the electric utility industry and currently leads the development and maintenance of related databases.
Ph.D., Economics, Washington State University M.S., Applied Economics and Finance, UC Santa Cruz B.A., Economics, UC Santa Cruz
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