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Tommy Vitolo conducts research and analysis on a wide range of issues related to the electricity industry, and assists in writing testimony and reports. He brings a background in quantitative analysis to his work at Synapse, including a PhD in systems engineering from Boston University, a master's in financial and industrial mathematics from Dublin City University, Ireland, and bachelor's degrees in applied mathematics, computer science, and economics from North Carolina State University.
Since joining Synapse in 2011, Dr. Vitolo has focused on utility resource planning, variable resource integration, avoided costs, and other issues that frequently involve statistical analysis, computer simulation modeling, and stochastic processes. He has filed expert testimony related to Ameren Missouri's 2011 integrated resource plan (IRP); conducted analyses to support Synapse testimony in Kansas City Power & Light, Georgia Power, and PacifiCorp IRP cases; and led projects to review and comment on utility and municipality electric resource planning in Missouri, Nebraska, and Colorado.
Recently, Dr. Vitolo developed a mixed integer linear program to determine the marginal prices for natural gas LDCs (local distribution companies) as an input to Synapse's Avoided Energy Supply Costs in New England: 2013 Report. He also analyzed system integration issues related to intermittent renewable resources in California, and co-authored a critique of several American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) studies that attacked renewable portfolio standard legislation based on flawed energy calculations and economic analysis.
Before joining Synapse, Dr. Vitolo was a research assistant at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory, where he designed algorithms and
implemented software to create topologies for orbital, aerial, land-based, and
nautical vehicles. His academic work focused on optimizing physical and financial
systems through quantitative analysis, linear and nonlinear programming, and
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