Since 1985, Dr. Barkovich has been a consultant and expert witness on energy and regulatory matters, with an emphasis on the electric industry. She has developed a large body of expert witness testimony on matters including marginal cost, cost allocation and rate design, demand response and dynamic pricing, electric industry restructuring, and electric resource analysis and planning. She has also provided consulting services in these areas, as well as regulatory analysis and due diligence on industry restructuring. She has assisted in negotiations on behalf of electric consumers with utilities on pricing and service matters. Dr. Barkovich has extensive experience in negotiation of settlement agreements on complex regulatory matters. Her clients have included large industrial electricity consumers, investment banks, public and investor-owned utilities, irrigation districts, and electric transportation supporters.
Dr. Barkovich has served as a court-appointed expert (U.S Court of Federal Claims), mediator, and arbitrator in the electricity industry area.
Dr. Barkovich began her career working on energy and environment issues for the National Science Foundation in 1974-75. Dr. Barkovich worked for the California Public Utilities Commission from 1975 to 1983, in positions ranging from Commissioner’s advisor to Director of Policy and Planning. In her time at the Commission, she dealt with broad energy policy issues, as well as revenue allocation and rate design, marginal cost development, electric resource issues, including transmission and generation, and represented the Commission at the Legislature, the Governor’s Office, and Congress.
From there, Dr. Barkovich spent almost two years running a short-term financing program at a major bank holding company. She has been an expert witness and consultant since 1985.
Dr. Barkovich is currently Chairperson of the Board of the restructured California Power Exchange, a position she has held since 2003. She has also served on the California Independent System Operator Governing Board, on the Trust Advisory Committees that set up the reorganized California electricity structure and markets, and the Energy Engineering Board of the National Research Council.
She holds a BA in Physics from the University of California at San Diego, an MS in Urban and Policy Sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley.