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Marc Hellman

mark hellmanEconomics Program
317 Ballard Extension Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-3612
Tel: 541-737-1481
Fax:541-737-5917
E-Mail: marc.hellman@oregonstate.edu 

 

 

Energy Economics

 

Resume of

 

Marc Hellman

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

Dr. Hellman has over 30 years’ experience in the field of regulatory economics and has consulted for telecommunications and electric industries as well as Boeing Computer Services.  Dr. Hellman received his PhD in Economics from Claremont Graduate School in 1983, and currently is an instructor at Oregon State University teaching micro-and macroeconomics as well as energy economics.  Since 1979, Dr. Hellman has been employed by the Public Utility Commission of Oregon and has specialized in pricing and cost analysis for electric, telecommunications and water industries.   Dr. Hellman is currently Administrator of the Economic Research and Financial Analysis Division and manages over a dozen expert staff of economists, accountants, and financial analysts dedicated to conducting a wide range of research on such matters including: the level of competition in the telecommunications local exchange markets, utility cost of capital, utility financing applications, rate spread and rate design, all matters pertaining to water regulation, utility merger and acquisitions, as well as conducting utility audits and benchmarking studies.     

 

Major Regulatory Studies and Reports

Public Utility Commission of Oregon, – chaired the water industry stakeholder workgroup and led discussions reviewing in total,  both in scope of regulation and funding, the Commission Water Regulation Program, with the production of the report titled, “Review of the Oregon Public Utility Commission’s Water Program,” August 2002.

Public Utility Commission of Oregon, – authored major electric industry restructuring testimony presented before the Oregon Legislature, July 1997.

Public Utility Commission of Oregon, – led and directed Commission staff in reviews of several utility mergers and acquisitions including ScottishPower acquisition of PacifiCorp and Mid American holdings acquisition of PacifiCorp.

Public Utility Commission of Oregon, – led the first known study establishing estimates of unbundled network elements, memorialized in the report titled, “Telecommunications Building Blocks, Cost Report,” July 1993.

Public Utility Commission of Oregon, – designed policies to address ratemaking treatment for research and development activities by Advanced Technologies, a fully owned subsidiary of US West, "Alternative Regulatory Policies for Telecommunications Utilities' Research and Development Costs,"  May 1992.

Public Utility Commission of Oregon, – analyzed and scored many alternative ratemaking mechanisms geared to incent electric utilities to acquire cost-effective conservation, "Investigation into Electric Utility Incentives for Acquisition of Conservation Resources," August 1991.

Public Utility Commission of Oregon, – as a precursor to integrated least cost planning, authored the report titled,  "The 1989 Update to a Report on the PGE and PP&L Energy Surplus: Its Size, Duration, and Management," September 1988, as well as, "A Report on the PGE and PP&L Energy Surplus: Its Size, Duration, and Management," September 1989.

Expert Witness Testimony

Public Utility Commission of Oregon (Bonneville Power Administration Docket REP-12), – select panel testimony in support of a $2 billion settlement of statutory rights to low-cost federal power. 2011

Public Utility Commission of Oregon (Bonneville Power Administration Docket WP-10), – analysis of statutory test that limits access to low-cost federal power by residential and small-farm customers of investor-owned utilities. 2009

Public Utility Commission of Oregon (Bonneville Power Administration Docket WP-07S), – analysis of rights to low-cost federal power by residential and small-farm customers of investor-owned utilities. 2008

Public Utility Commission of Oregon (Docket UM 1050), – analysis of interjurisdictional cost allocation methods applicable to PacifiCorp. Docket was culmination of multi-year collaborative effort among the states of Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Oregon to reach an agreed to allocations method. 2004

Public Utility Commission of Oregon (Docket UE 88), – analysis of alternative decoupling mechanisms designed to break the link between utility kWh sales and utility profits applicable to PacifiCorp. 1994

Public Utility Commission of Oregon (Docket UE 79), – ratemaking analysis of Portland General Electric wholesale power sales relating to the WNP #3 Settlement. 1990

Public Utility Commission of Oregon (Bonneville Power Administration Docket WP-87), – analysis of rights to low-cost federal power by residential and small-farm customers of investor-owned utilities. 1987

Public Utility Commission of Oregon (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Docket ER 82-2011-003), – economics of nonfirm energy production in the Pacific Northwest and pricing of such power. 1984

Public Utility Commission of Oregon (Bonneville Power Administration Docket WP-83), – analysis of rights to low-cost federal power by residential and small-farm customers of investor-owned utilities, value of Direct Service Industry reserves, estimates of the Pacific Northwest Region long run incremental cost of wholesale power. 1983

Telecommunications

  • Public Utility Commission of Oregon – “The Status of Competition and Regulation in the Telecommunications Industry,” – separate studies published roughly each year beginning in 2001.
  • Public Utility Commission of Oregon (Docket UM 351, Phase II), – general pricing and unbundling policies for telecommunications retail services and unbundled network elements – 1995.
  • Public Utility Commission of Oregon (Docket UM 351), – generic investigation to develop long run incremental cost of unbundled network elements – 1993.
  • Public Utility Commission of Oregon (UM 295), – ratemaking policies for telecommunications research and development activities – 1992.
  • Public Utility Commission of Oregon (UT 80), – alternative form of regulation review and proposal for US West – 1991.
  • Public Utility Commission of Oregon (US WEST Docket UT 85), – broad pricing policy – 1989.
  • Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PNB Docket UF 3565), – telecommunications pricing issues, review of price elasticity studies, Western Electric Adjustment – 1980.

 EDUCATION

 CLAREMONT GRADUATE SCHOOL, CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – MA, 1980, PhD, 1983

  • Specialization in Optimization Theory/Microeconomic Theory/Monetary Economics.

CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF POMONA -- BS, 1977

  • Major in Mathematics and Economics.

OTHER

  • Graduate of 1997 Leadership Oregon Program.  Each year, from all state employees, 20 to 30 future government leaders are selected to participate in LOP to learn about other state agencies and benefit from executive training.
  • Member, American Economic Association
  • Since 2009, Dr. Hellman has been a professor teaching Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Energy Economics at Oregon State University

PUBLICATIONS

The Economics of a Surplus in Electrical Generating Capability: The Pacific Northwest," -  Public Utilities Fortnightly, January 5, 1984, pages 45-47.

Load Curve Responsiveness to Weather and the Cost Effectiveness of Conservation," -  Public Utilities Fortnightly, September 30, 1982, page 51.