Exeter Team

BOLARINWA A. AJANAKU, Senior Economist
Dr. Ajanaku has graduate academic training and over 12 years of professional experience in consulting, academia, and public and private sectors. Dr. Ajanaku’s areas of expertise and research interest include energy economics, wholesale electricity markets, renewable energy policies, financial analysis, environmental and natural resource economics, applied econometrics, forecasting, microeconomic applications, and spatial analysis. Prior to joining Exeter, Dr. Ajanaku was involved in multiple projects within the energy market modeling and analysis team at Guidehouse. He used a suite of power-market models and advanced econometric approaches to forecast the wholesale power market on energy, natural gas, and ancillary services prices. Before Guidehouse, Dr. Ajanaku was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Colby College, teaching energy, environmental, and natural resource economics courses and Principles of Microeconomics. Dr. Ajanaku’s research work has been featured in top journals, including The Electricity Journal, Renewable Energy, and Forest Policy and Economics.

Dr. Ajanaku holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Applied Economics from West Virginia University and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.

JEREMIE S. AMSALLEM, Research Assistant
Mr. Amsallem conducts rigorous research on energy-related topics such as renewable energy adoption, market dynamics, and regulatory developments to inform client projects. Prior to Exeter, Mr. Amsallem was a Clean Energy Analyst at Enterprise Community Development, where he developed financial projections for clean energy projects and successfully obtained substantial funding from the Maryland Energy Administration.

Mr. Amsallem holds an M.S. in Economics from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in International Relations and Security from Tel Aviv University in Israel, and a B.S. in Business and Economics from Institut Supérieur du Commerce in France.

RIYA BHARGAVA, Research Assistant
Ms. Bhargava brings expertise in data analysis and programming, with extensive application in renewable energy, policy, and market research. Ms. Bhargava has also been instrumental in carrying out thorough research on net metering policies, spanning various utilities and states, and analyzing interconnection queues for renewable projects. Additionally, Ms. Bhargava has conducted research on default service, contributed to utility assessments, and actively monitors utility and energy sector trends, along with rate case filings for the U.S. Department of Energy and the Air Force. Prior to joining Exeter, she analyzed the American Rescue Plan spending and the ARP Community Needs survey at the Southern Economic Advancement Project. During her graduate studies, she specialized in industrial organization, causal inference, micro-econometric analysis, and delved into asset pricing, labor, and health economics.

Ms. Bhargava holds an M.S. in Economics from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Business Economics, Honors, from the University of Delhi in India.

TAYLOR A. CARRETTA, Senior Analyst
Mr. Carretta has eight years of experience in the natural gas and electricity markets industry. At Exeter, he provides natural gas and electricity market analysis, invoice and rate costs assessments, conducts forward energy market forecasts, as well as supports clients in complex utility service and rate cost analysis. Mr. Carretta is an experienced utility expert with specialized experience managing natural gas and electricity scheduling operations, capacity power sales in the New York Independent System Operator, and providing analysis for renewable and carbon-reducing development projects in PJM Interconnection and the California Independent System Operator. He has extensive experience leading optimization strategies for a variety of energy projects across the country.

Mr. Carretta holds a B.S. in Finance from Florida State University and is currently a CFA Level 2 candidate.

WILLIAM R. COTTON, Senior Economist
Mr. Cotton works on a wide range of projects, including Maryland Public Service Commission certificates of public convenience and necessity for new generation projects; nationwide research and analysis of balancing authority interconnection queues; state and regional renewable energy market analyses, including economic assessments of renewable energy projects and states’ renewable energy policies; as well as utility rate assessments and power procurement for federal entities.

Mr. Cotton holds an M.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and B.A.’s in Economics and Psychology from the University of North Carolina.

KATHERINE S. FISHER, Senior Economist
Ms. Fisher is a Senior Economist at Exeter. Ms. Fisher leads and performs research on the socioeconomic impacts of energy and transmission projects in Maryland and provides research support on the assessment and evaluation of state renewable energy policies and the grid integration of renewable energy technologies. Ms. Fisher also helps administer SmartDG+, utility-scale wind and solar project screening tool for Maryland.

Ms. Fisher holds an M.S. in Economics from the University of Leeds in England and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland.

GRACE N. KOENIG, Research Assistant
Ms. Koenig contributes to a variety of projects, including conducting research on default service, balancing authority interconnection queues, rate case filings, and regulatory developments. Additionally, Ms. Koenig conducts load processing, utility bill and rate reviews, and evaluates renewable energy needs for clients. Prior to joining Exeter, Ms. Koenig spent two years conducting research on default service in Ohio in collaboration with faculty at the Ohio State University.

Ms. Koenig holds B.S.’s in Public Policy Analysis and Economics from The Ohio State University.

OLIVIA J. KUYKENDALL, Economist
Ms. Kuykendall provides expertise in the review of utility rates, tariffs, and contracts. She primarily works in default service research and reporting, utility assessment and analysis, and rate case support. Prior to her work at Exeter, Ms. Kuykendall provided expert testimony in rate cases on the subject matters of cost of capital, cost of service, and rate design.

Ms. Kuykendall holds a B.S. in Agricultural Resources and Economics with a concentration in Environmental Economics from the University of Maryland and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Economics from George Mason University.

JENNIFER L. ROGERS, Lead Economist
Ms. Rogers has fifteen years of experience in the energy industry. At Exeter, Ms. Rogers reviews and analyzes utility rate filings, and presents testimony focusing primarily on revenue requirements determination. She also evaluates and forecasts power supply requirements, costs, and renewable energy needs; provides bill and rate analysis; and reviews energy use, scheduling, and scheduling deviation data for clients. In addition, Ms. Rogers conducts utility service assessments to identify areas for potential utility cost savings, providing detailed analysis of supply contracts, energy use, and a review of billing practices.

Ms. Rogers holds an M.A. in Economics from Northeastern University and a B.A. in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

CALI C. CLARK, Copy Editor
WENDY L. CROSON, Administrative Assistant
HOLLY J. FINBERG, Business Manager