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Vancouver Energy Project to Generate $2 Billion in Economic Value

The Vancouver Energy project – an energy distribution terminal proposed for Vancouver, Washington – would create significant economic value and drive regional employment, according to an economic impact assessment conducted by Analysis Group Managing Principal Bruce Strombom and Vice President Todd Schatzki. The assessment of the terminal found that the Vancouver Energy project will increase economic value added by $2 billion ($1.2 billion present value) in the study area comprised of Clark County and the nine other counties closest to the project. The study, “Assessment of Vancouver Energy Socioeconomic Impacts: Primary Economic Impacts,” projected that the project would produce the equivalent of more than 1,000 new full-time jobs annually, on average, across the study area for the life of the project and $1.6 billion in labor income during its construction and assumed first 15 years of operation. The study also found that the project would lead to a one-time increase in local and state tax revenues of $22 million during construction and annual increases in tax revenues of more than $7.8 million starting in 2017.

Reflecting on the study, Dr. Strombom explained, “Our analysis finds that the development of Vancouver Energy would lead to increases in employment, labor income, and tax revenues. These reflect the direct employment and local business activity from Vancouver Energy’s construction and operation, as well as the multiplier effects as activity ripples through the region’s economy.” This assessment focused on four metrics from the widely-used IMPLAN model that measure the impacts on a region’s economy: employment, labor income, tax revenue, and total economic value added. IMPLAN was used to gauge the economic impact of Vancouver Energy on the city of Vancouver and the 10 counties within a one-hour drive from the proposed terminal’s location.

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Bruce A. Strombom, Applied Microeconomics Pro., Analysis Group Consultants
Managing Principal

Dr. Strombom is an expert in applied microeconomics, industrial organization and finance. He specializes in the application of quantitative and statistical techniques to complex business litigation, the estimation of commercial damages and the valuation of privately held companies. He consults with businesses and government entities and provides assistance to attorneys in all phases of pretrial and trial practice, prepares economic and financial models, and provides expert testimony in legal and regulatory proceedings. Dr. Strombom has conducted liability and...

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Todd Schatzki, Environmental Economics Professional, Analysis Group Consulting
Vice President

Dr. Schatzki is an expert in energy and environmental economics and policy. He supports clients in a range of contexts, including strategic and financial assessment of market decisions, regulatory and rulemaking proceedings, and litigation. In addition to his experience in energy and environment, he has provided litigation support in a wide variety of industries, including mutual funds, credit cards, corporate taxes, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, office systems, and scientific instruments.

Dr. Schatzki has worked extensively in electricity markets, including wholesale market design; evaluation of market impacts and investment returns using production cost simulations (GE MAPS); development of advance ratemaking, such as decoupling, cost of equity adjustments, and revenue adjustment mechanisms; transmission planning and policy; and statistical analysis of plant operational reliability. He has provided litigation support in several high-profile cases, including alleged wholesale electricity price manipulation and the implications of such manipulation for derivative contracts. On climate policy and regulation, he has evaluated climate policy proposals, and submitted comments on multiple occasions to California’s Air Resources Board on the design of its cap-and-trade system.

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