Ms. Smirnova is an economist and project manager with over 10 years of experience conducting economic and financial analyses in the context of policy making, enforcement proceedings, and litigation. She has supported a wide range of clients on projects involving assessments of financial capability of businesses, individuals, and municipalities to pay for investments in environmental controls and penalties.
Over the past few years, Ms. Smirnova’s work has expanded to focus on development of forward-looking financial models to evaluate investments in renewable and conventional energy. Representative projects include development of a financial model to evaluate financial viability of five advanced/non-conventional waste-to-energy technologies, accompanied by a societal cost-benefit analysis, for New York State, and development of a cash flow model to support Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s assessment of the economic and fiscal impacts of oil and gas lease sales.
Ms. Smirnova also regularly conducts Regulatory Impact Analyses for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has designed and delivered dozens of in-person and webinar-based trainings and seminars in financial analysis and concepts.
Ms. Smirnova holds a B.A. with Honors in Economics and a subsidiary qualification of English Language Interpreter from St. Petersburg State University (St. Petersburg, Russia), and an M.A. in Economics from Northeastern University.