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Derek E.H. Olmstead

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Carleton)
Office: C-865 Loeb

Research fields: industrial organization, economics of regulation and competition, environmental economics, applied econometrics, electricity market design and assessment, political competition in mature democracies

• Electricity market design and assessment: legislative, regulatory, and governance design of liberalized and regulated energy, capacity, and ancillary services markets; design, monitoring, assessment, investigation and enforcement of ISO rules and reliability standards; assessment of market participant conduct against competition and regulatory standards; transmission and distribution tariff design and regulated cost allocation; treatment of storage and distributed resources; renewable energy procurement and market integration
• bidding strategies and trading in complex auction markets
• expert witness in regulatory proceedings

Selected publications:

“Fixed versus flexible electoral cycles: Explaining the timing of innovation in Canada’s election cycles” (with J. Stephen Ferris), Constitutional Political Economy, Vol. 28, No.2 (June 2017), pp.117–141.

“Assessment of the impact of the Historical Trading Report on competition in the Alberta electricity market” (submitted to the Alberta Utilities Commission, Proceeding 21115), 30 November 2015.

“Notes from a small market: The electricity market in Alberta” (with Matt J. Ayres), Electricity Journal, Vol. 27, No.4 (May 2014), pp.102–111.