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Timothy J. Brennan
Senior Fellow
202-328-5084
brennan@rff.org
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PROFILE
Tim Brennan focuses on public policies involving monopolies and market power, and on assessing methods for policy evaluation. He looks particularly at issues associated with restructuring the electricity sector and opening electricity utilities and markets to competition. Specific topics in recent publications include real-time pricing, climate change, network effects, decoupling electricity revenues from use, energy conservation policy, and space launch risk.

His current research examines rationales for energy efficiency policies, the limits of cost-benefit analysis in climate policy, and the role of behavioral economics in energy and environmental policy. He has been co-author of two books on the deregulation of electricity markets and has analyzed constitutional requirements for compensation for public use of private land. He has studied privacy and environmental law enforcement related to remote-sensing satellites and is working on the roles of prizes in technological innovation and on assessing liability rules for space launches. Brennan also addresses issues in antitrust law, telecommunications policy, copyright, and the philosophy of economics. He has presented his research to numerous government, professional, and academic institutions in the U.S. and internationally, including Austria, Australia, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden, and Uzbekistan. 
Featured Publications
Catalysts for Conservation: Exploring Behavioral Science Insights for Natural Resource Investments
P. Lynn Scarlett, James W. Boyd, Anna Brittain, Leonard A. Shabman, Timothy J. Brennan
RFF Report | September 2013
 
The Best of Common Resources
Nathan Richardson, Alan J. Krupnick, Daniel F. Morris, Hal Gordon, Clayton Munnings, Heather L. Ross, Raymond J. Kopp, Timothy J. Brennan, Margaret A. Walls, James W. Boyd
Resources | 2013 (Digital Issue)
 
Considering a US Carbon Tax: Frequently Asked Questions
Joseph E. Aldy, Timothy J. Brennan, Dallas Burtraw, Jared Carbone, Carolyn Fischer, Robert Kopp, Molly K. Macauley, Richard D. Morgenstern, Daniel F. Morris, Karen L. Palmer, Anthony Paul, Nathan Richardson, Roberton C. Williams III
Resources | 2013 (Digital Issue)
 
Holding Distribution Utilities Liable for Outage Costs: An Economic Look
Timothy J. Brennan
RFF Discussion Paper 13-16 | July 2013
 
Inside RFF: A Look at What's Happening
Timothy J. Brennan, P. Lynn Scarlett, Molly K. Macauley
Resources | 2013 (183)
 
Inside RFF
Jintao Xu, Karen L. Palmer, Sheila M. Olmstead, Richard D. Morgenstern, Allen Blackman, Juha V. Siikamäki, Timothy J. Brennan, P. Lynn Scarlett, James N. Sanchirico, Yusuke Kuwayama , Antung Anthony Liu, C. Boyden Gray
Resources | 2013 (182)
 
Prizes, Patents and Technology Procurement: A Proposed Analytical Framework
Timothy J. Brennan, Molly K. Macauley, Kate Whitefoot
RFF Discussion Paper 11-21-REV | December 2012
 
Putting a Floor on Energy Savings: Comparing State Energy Efficiency Resource Standards
Karen L. Palmer, Samuel Grausz, Blair Beasley, Timothy J. Brennan
RFF Discussion Paper 12-11 | February 2012
 
Energy Efficiency Resource Standards: Economics and Policy
Timothy J. Brennan, Karen L. Palmer
RFF Discussion Paper 12-10 | February 2012
 
The Supply Chain and Industrial Organization of Rare Earth Materials: Implications for the U.S. Wind Energy Sector
Jhih-Shyang Shih, Joshua Linn, Timothy J. Brennan, Joel Darmstadter, Molly K. Macauley, Louis Preonas
RFF Report | February 2012
 
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TESTIMONY
Amendment of Part 76 of the Commission's Rules Concerning Carriage of Television Broadcast Signals by Cable Television Systems
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Re: Broadcasting | January 30, 1986
 
Long-Run Regulation of AT&T's Basic Domestic Interstate Services
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Re: Common Carrier | April 2, 1984
 
Regional Concentration of Control Provisions of the Commission's Multiple Ownership Rules
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Re: Broadcasting | February 21, 1984
 
Multiple Ownership of AM, FM, and Television Broadcast Stations
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Re: Broadcasting | January 19, 1984
 
Policy and Rules Concerning the Furnishing of Customer Premises Equipment, Enhanced Services, and Cellular Communications Services by the Bell Operating Companies
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Re: Common Carrier | April 25, 1983
 
Amendment of the Financial Interest and Syndication Rule
Timothy J. Brennan, Sheldon Kimmel
U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Re: Broadcasting | January 26, 1983
 
Amendment of the Commission's Rules and Regulations Relative to Elimination of the Prohibition on Common Ownership of Cable Television Systems and National Television Networks
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Re: Broadcasting | November 29, 1982
 
MTS and WATS Market Structure
Timothy J. Brennan, Thomas C. Spavins
U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Re: Common Carrier | Augist 6, 1982
 
An Inquiry into the Use of the Bands 825-845 MHz and 870-890 MHz for Cellular Communications Systems; and Amendment of Parts 2 and 22 of the Commission's Rules Relative to Cellular Communications Systems
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Re: Common Carrier | June 19, 1981
 
Elimination of Telephone Company-Cable Television Cross Ownership Rules for Rural Areas
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Re: Common Carrier | April 6, 1981
 
Proposed Methodology for Commission Consideration of Findings Under Section 9(c) of the Consumer Product Safety Act
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission | March 24, 1981
 
An Inquiry Into the Future Role of Low Power Television Broadcasting and Television Translators in the National Telecommunications System
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Re: Broadcasting | March 2, 1981
 
Domestic Crude Oil Entitlements
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Economic Regulatory Administration | December 30, 1980
 
Motor Gasoline Allocation Revision and Mandatory Petroleum Price Regulations, Equal Application Rule
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Economic Regulatory Administration | September 10, 1980
 
Gasohol Pricing and Allocation
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Economic Regulatory Administration | July 21, 1980
 
Alaska North Slope Crude Oil Entitlements
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Department of Energy, Economic Regulatroy Administration | June 13, 1980
 
Trans-Alaska Pipeline System
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission | July 9, 1979; May 1, 1980; June 2, 1980
 
  
NEWS
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Thursday, April 03, 2008
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