Dr. Laura T. W. Olive

Associate Director


Tel: +1 617 927 4588

Email: laura.olive@nera.com
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PhD in economics, Northeastern University
BA in economics, Simmons College


Dr. Laura T.W. Olive is an Associate Director 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.

Title Type Author
Fixing Local vs. National Public Interest Contests Requires a Full-Court Press in Con... Published Article Dr. Laura T. W. Olive
History’s Greatest Public-Private Infrastructure Partnership: The US Gas Market and I... White Paper By Dr. Jeff D. Makholm and Dr. Laura T. W. Olive
Justices' Pipeline Ruling Is a Close Call for Gas Industry Published Article By Dr. Laura T. W. Olive
The Role of Cost-Reflective Distribution Tariffs and Flexibility Contracts in Support... White Paper By Richard Druce, George Anstey, Dr. Laura T.W. Olive, Dr. Will Taylor, and Leen Dickx
Polar Vortexes in New England: Missing Money, Missing Markets, or Missing Regulation?... Published Article By Dr. Jeff D. Makholm and Dr. Laura T. W. Olive
The Grid Mod Squad: Investors, Ratepayers, and Regulators White Paper By Dr. Laura T. W. Olive et al.
NERA Experts Bring Economic Insights to the Latest Investment Treaty Arbitration Revi... Book Dr. Jeff D. Makholm and Dr Laura T.W. Olive
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Gas Demand Response Published Article Dr. Laura T. W. Olive
Extending Demand Response to the Natural Gas Industry Dr. Laura T. W. Olive
Incentive Regulation in the United States: Current Trends and a Look Back Brief By Dr. Jeff D. Makholm, Dr. Laura T.W. Olive, et al.
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NERA Economic Consulting Announces Associate Director Promotions 05 August 2019 Press Release