Dr. Charles J. Cicchetti is a co-founding partner of Pacific Economics Group and holds the Miller Chair in Government, Business and the Economy at the University of Southern California.  He is the former Managing Director of Arthur Andersen Economic Consulting and former Co-Chairman of Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett, Inc., and Deputy Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He was a co-founder of Madison Consulting Group, which merged with National Economic Research Associates, Inc. (NERA), where he served as Senior Vice President.  Dr. Cicchetti chaired the Wisconsin Public Service Commission and directed the Wisconsin Energy Office.  He has worked in developing nations throughout the world and has served on numerous federal international energy and environmental committees.

Dr. Cicchetti has testified before regulatory agencies in the U.S. and abroad on tariff design, rate of return, and organizational structure in the natural gas, electricity, water and telecommunications industries.  He has prepared expert testimony for various federal proceedings on a variety of diverse topics.  His work in environmental litigation includes experience in natural resource damage assessment and cost allocation under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Oil Pollution Act.

The author of numerous books and articles, Dr. Cicchetti's publications include Alaskan Oil: Alternative Routes and Markets; Perspectives on Power, co-authored with Edward Berlin and William Gillen; The Marginal Cost and Pricing of Electricity: An Applied Approach, with William Gillen and Paul Smolensky; The Costs of Congestion: An Economic Analysis of Wilderness Recreation, with V. Kerry Smith; and Forecasting Recreation in the United States.  He has edited Energy Systems Forecasting, Planning and Pricing, with W.K. Foell; and Studies in Electric Utility Regulation, with John Jurewitz. He has recently completed Restructuring Electricity Markets: A World Perspective.  Dr. Cicchetti attended the United States Air Force Academy, received a BA from Colorado College, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, both in economics.  He did post-doctoral research at Resources for the Future, served as chief economist for the Environmental Defense Fund and was a professor of economics and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  He is currently teaching environmental and energy economics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Contact Dr. Cicchetti by e-mail: cicchetti@pacificeconomicsgroup.com

Dr. Jeffrey Dubin is the Director of Statistical and Economic Analysis at Pacific Economics Group, and Associate Professor of Economics at the California Institute of Technology.  Dr. Dubin earned his undergraduate degree in Economics with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and received a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Dubin's research focuses on microeconomic modeling with particular emphasis on discrete choice econometrics.  Current research concerns include contingent valuation methods, discrete choice econometrics, effects of welfare and entitlement programs on unemployment, energy economics and tax compliance.

He is the author of a number of publications, including Consumer Durable Choice and the Demand for Electricity, "Experimental Estimates of the Effects of Wage Subsidies," with R. Douglas Rivers, "Selection Bias in Linear Regression, Logit and Probit Models," with R. Douglas Rivers, and "The Use and Misuse of Surveys in Economic Analysis: Natural Resource Damage Assessment Under CERCLA," with Charles J. Cicchetti and Louis Wide.  Dr. Dubin is also the co-author of SST, a statistical software package.

Contact Dr. Dubin by e-mail: jad@hss.caltech.edu

Dr. Lawrence R. Kaufmann is a Partner in PEG's Madison Office where he develops and undertakes supporting empirical research on performance based regulation (PBR) and competitive market reforms for energy utilities.  He has worked with many leading utilities in North America on these issues and has spearheaded our overseas practice.  Dr. Kaufmann has been particularly active in Australia, where he has advised energy utilities in five of the six Australian states on a variety of topics.  His specialties include PBR plan design, statistical benchmarking, estimating total factor productivity, and incentive regulation theory.  He is also a specialist and expert witness on service quality issues.  Dr. Kaufmann is an author of over a dozen publications.  He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.  Before joining PEG, he was a Senior Economist at Christensen Associates and before completing his Ph.D. he was an international economist for a large commercial bank.

Contact Dr. Kaufmann by e-mail: lkaufmann@earthlink.net

Colin M. Long has more than twenty years litigation and consulting experience, specializing in energy and utility-related matters.  He is an experienced federal and state court litigator at both the trial and appellate level.  He has extensive experience working with regulated industries, particularly in cases involving mergers and acquisitions and matters before the FERC and state regulatory commissions.

Mr. Long received a BA in political science, cum laude, from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from Loyola University School of Law.  He is admitted to practice in the State of California, the Ninth Circuit District Courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

With Dr. Cicchetti, Mr. Long has co-authored several recent articles with respect to energy issues, including "ISOs and Transcos: What's At Stake," "Politics As Usual: A Roadmap to Backlash, Backtracking and Re-Regulation," and "Transmission Products and Pricing: Hidden Agendas."

Contact Mr. Long by e-mail: cmlong@pacificeconomicsgroup.com

Dr. Mark Newton Lowry, manager of PEG's Madison office, has 20 years of experience as an industry economist.  The focus of his research and consulting in the last decade has been performance-based regulation (PBR), statistical benchmarking, utility industry cost structures, and competitive codes of conduct.  He supervises empirical work on energy industry price and productivity trends, cost structure and cost performance issues, designs PBR plans, and gives expert witness testimony.  He has testified fourteen times on PBR issues and nine times on benchmarking issues.  His testimony has featured path-breaking applications of production economics in the regulatory arena.  He has served on a Blue Ribbon Panel that advises the Edison Electric Institute on code of conduct issues.

Before joining PEG, Dr. Lowry was a Vice President at Christensen Associates and directed its Regulatory Strategy group.  He provided almost all of Christensen Associates' testimony on energy utility PBR and benchmarking.  Several members of the Regulatory Strategy group have joined him at PEG.

Dr. Lowry has also served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mineral Economics at Pennsylvania State University.  He trained students there for an internship program with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  His research and teaching featured the use of mathematical theory and econometrics in industry analysis.  Markets for petroleum products were a research specialty.  He has also served as Professeur Visiteur at Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Lowry attended Princeton University and holds a BA in Ibero-American Studies and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin.  He is competent in Spanish and has reading knowledge of French.  His resume includes an extensive publication list and more than 35 public speaking engagements.

Contact Dr. Lowry by e-mail: mnlowry@earthlink.net