Tyler Comings is a Senior Researcher at the Applied Economics Clinic. He has 12 years of experience in economic research and consulting. He focuses on energy system planning (including integrated resource plans), costs of regulatory compliance, wholesale electricity markets, utility finance, and economic impact analyses. He has provided testimony on these topics in the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Maryland, New Jersey and Nova Scotia. He has also conducted many economic impact studies using IMPLAN and REMI.
Mr. Comings has provided expertise for many public-interest clients including state consumer advocates, state energy offices, environmental advocates, federal agencies, and utility commissions. Recently, he estimated the economic impact of a higher renewable portfolio standard in Massachusetts (for the Northeast Clean Energy Council) and testified on the economics of a large-scale transmission and generation project (for the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board). He also works on utility finance, including examining the utilities’ rate of return (i.e. cost of capital). In 2017, he became a Certified Rate of Return Analyst (CRRA), as designated by the Society of Utility and Regulatory Financial Analysts (SURFA).
Mr. Comings was previously employed at Synapse Energy Economics, where he provided expert testimony and reports on coal plant economics and utility system planning. Prior to that, he performed research on consumer finance and behavioral economics at Ideas42. Prior to that, he conducted economic impact and benefit-cost analysis of energy and transportation investments at EDR Group.
He has a MA in Economics from Tufts University and a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Boston University.