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Dr. Laura T. W. Olive

Senior Consultant

Contact

Boston
Tel: +1 617 927 4588

Email: laura.olive@nera.com
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Education

PhD in economics, Northeastern University
BA in economics, Simmons College

Experience

Dr. Laura T.W. Olive is a Senior Consultant who works with energy companies to navigate economic questions arising from regulation and contract disputes in NERA’s Energy, Environment, Communications, and Infrastructure Practice. Dr. Olive knows that the energy industry of today continually faces new opportunities and challenges. She has worked with firms to develop answers to the most pressing questions of costs, prices, and competition and various other issues in regulatory settings, litigation, and international arbitration. Dr. Olive frequently evaluates market power and competition in a variety of circumstances, including proposed mergers and acquisitions, market-based rate authority, and other regulatory investigations. Dr. Olive has testified on such matters before state commissions and federal regulators.

Dr. Olive values upstream oil and gas assets for damages claims in litigation and international arbitration courts. She has testified before state commissions and federal regulators regarding competition and market power in the electric markets, and has calculated rates for regulated pipelines and non-regulated sales of natural gas in the US, Canada, and Australia. Dr. Olive has developed transportation cost and long-run average incremental cost calculation models for liquefied natural gas projects. She has been involved in the development of expert reports for competition policy and tariff design in Canada, gas supply agreements in the US and Australia, and US bankruptcy litigation. She also analyzes competition and market structure issues in the telecommunications and freight rail industries.

Dr. Olive’s work spans many industries, including electricity, gas, liquified natural gas, oil, and petroleum products. She also has experience in the fixed and wireless telecommunications, cable television, and postal services sectors.