Elliott J. Nethercutt is a Principal Economist at the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) where he specializes in state and federal energy policy issues. His previous work includes advancing market design enhancements at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), developing reliability assessments at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and supporting transmission siting efforts and smart grid funding programs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Elliott earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a master’s degree in applied economics from the Johns Hopkins University (Washington, DC campus).