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Michael Dawes advises clients—primarily in the energy and electricity industry—on the challenges the energy transition creates for market and tariff design in electricity markets. He has provided expert witness testimony before the Alberta Utilities Commission on transmission tariff design and has supported clients across Great Britain, Australia, Japan, the Middle East, and North America.  


Dr. Dawes provides rigorous analytical and strategic support to regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders throughout the policy and tariff design and implementation process. He has supported clients through stakeholder and regulatory engagement and in the dispersal of findings by preparing public-facing reports and expert reports for testimony.

Dr. Dawes also builds bespoke, cutting-edge models to support utilities and regulators on a range of issues including tariff impact analysis, policy design, and cost-benefit analysis. He recently built a Monte Carlo risk model for a utility with a global renewable and thermal investment portfolio to help assess its future financial risks.  

Dr. Dawes joined NERA after the completion of his PhD. He graduated with distinction from the University of Oxford during his MSc and received First Class Honours from the University of Cambridge during his BA.


  • PhD in economics, Oxford University
  • MSc in economics, Oxford University
  • BA in economics, Cambridge University