Allison C. Reid
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT
L. E. Peabody & Associates, Inc. (Since 2010) – Ms. Reid oversees and facilitates statistical analysis and research for North American clients. During her tenure at L. E. Peabody & Associates, Inc., she provided analytical support for marketplace and litigation projects.
Ms. Reid is responsible for the development of L.E. Peabody & Associates, Inc.’s in-house Uniform Railroad Costing System ("URCS") program. This program allows for the full evaluation of the Surface Transportation Board’s (“STB”) annual URCS filings; develops URCS unit costs for variable cost analyses soon after the annual filings by each Class I railroad are released; and tests the impact of changes to individual inputs on the overall variable cost results. This program allows for the development of numerous variable cost analyses for clients.
Ms. Reid analyzes complex and disparate databases comprised of transactional and movement data for Class I Railroads. She developed written testimony for presentation to federal courts and arbitration panels concerning contested provisions in fuel contracts including the operation of coal price adjustment mechanisms and passenger rail access matters.
Ms. Reid developed various aspects of stand-alone cost evidence in several STB maximum rate proceedings dealing with the calculation of reasonable rail transportation rates for rail shippers. These include variable costs of service; development of rail routes using railroad timetables and track charts; development of the return on road property investment realized by Class I Railroads; and reviewing of Interstate Commerce Commission engineering reports used to develop railroad property investment.
Since 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) proposed various new greenhouse gas emission regulations, including The Clean Air Interstate Rule (“CAIR”), The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (“CSAPR”), Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“MATS”), and the Clean Power Plan (“CPP”). Ms. Reid analyzed these rules and continues to monitor the EPA regulation changes. Ms. Reid manages a database that tracks closures and repower initiatives in response to EPA and other regulations.
Ms. Reid gathered and evaluated electric utility data submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") and Energy Information Administration (“EIA”). The resulting analyses include the development of the delivered costs of fuels to various utilities located throughout the United States. Ms. Reid also researched, analyzed and forecasted component parts of the Powder River Basin (“PRB”) coal market. Her work included analyzing coal prices, production and capacity in the PRB. In addition, Ms. Reid gathered, analyzed and forecasted additional datasets and economic indicators released by the EIA, the STB, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, The Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Association of American Railroads.
Ms. Reid conducted field inspections of rail lines and facilities in order to determine the existing and potential operating and economic condition of the lines. She also conducted various inspections using satellite imagery. This information was used to estimate the net liquidation value of the involved facilities for both negotiation and litigation purposes. She conducted studies related to the costs associated with constructing new rail lines for purposes of competitive access.
Ms. Reid received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Economics (with concentrations in Sustainable Energy and International Economics) and in International Affairs (with concentrations in Economics and Spanish) from Florida State University in 2010.