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Expert in Energy: Renewable Energy Projects, Utility Rates and Tariffs, Project Economics and Management

Expert ID: 733318 Arizona, USA

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Evaluation of renewable energy opportunities, applicability, selection of vendors, and project management; Integration of renewable energy with utility grid: interconnection and utility requirements. Optimization of renewable energy: storage and microgrids. Utility tariff review and selection. Regulatory representation for renewable energy. Energy efficiency and demand response.

Expert witness in energy and water space. Development of embedded energy in water metrics, carbon and energy footprint determination, sustainability determination. Energy auditing for water systems, and system optimization. Regulatory representation. Renewable generation evaluation, applicability, technology selection, regulatory and permitting. Technology evaluation and analysis. AMR and AMI evaluation, recommendation, and selection.

Trainer for a national Rural Water Association, Rural Water Association, Association of Water Agencies.
Training on: Electricity Basics and Safety; Renewable Energy Project Evaluation and Selection; Energy Auditing; Electric Utility Tariff Analysis, Selection, and Opportunities; Utility Interconnections; Tariff and Rate Design; AMR/AMI Design and Selection.

Expert has a Bachelors, two Masters, and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Economics from U.C. Davis. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP) with the Association of Energy Engineers. He taught engineering in Graduate School at U.C. Davis for a number of years, is the hydro renewable energy consultant for an Energy Trust. He worked for the California Energy Commission for five years as a utility planner, and he was the chief utility planner for the California Public Utilities Commission for five years.

Expert has over 30 years’ experience before the California Public Utilities Commission, over 35 years before the California Energy Commission, and has testified numerous times California Power Authority, California Independent System Operator, California State Legislature, State Water Resources Control Board, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Senate, as well as in numerous court cases. Expert also works for a Public Utilities Commission as an expert witness on transmission issues and is their water-energy expert, and for an Energy Commission as a researcher. He is an investment management expert consultant in the water and energy areas.

He has been involved in the assessing, evaluating, and recommending energy efficiency, demand response opportunities, and renewable energy projects for water agencies, electric utilities, and private parties over the last 20 years, has been involved in numerous utility regulatory cases, and has provided strategic planning for numerous private clients. He has been responsible for training and installation of over 25 small hydroelectric projects in Southeast Asia.

Has been involved in utility rate design, evaluation and assessment for 30 years. Testified in numerous proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Operates a website that purchases and sells renewable energy and projects.

Expert has provided consulting services to the water industry and electric and gas utilities for over 20 years.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Phoenix, Arizona - Tucson, Arizona - San Diego, California - Los Angeles, California - San Francisco, California - Sacramento, California - Flagstaff, Arizona

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1982 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Engineering/Economics Institution: University of California at Davis
Year: 1978 Degree: M.S. Subject: Environmental Science Institution: Portland State University
Year: 1976 Degree: M.A. Subject: Education - Science Institution: University of New Mexico
Year: 1974 Degree: B.S. Subject: Biology/Geography Institution: Univeristy of New Mexico

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1993 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: Responsibilities: Providing water and energy consulting services to the water, electric, and gas industry. Regulatory representation, rate design and evaluation, water-energy nexus, due diligence, project economics and management. Was an Association of Water Agencies' energy consultant for 25 years, is a Rural Water Association energy specialist and provides energy and efficiency training for a national Rural Water Association and the Rural Water Association. Is an investment management expert consultant in the water and energy areas. Founder and Co-Director of Hydropower for an university.

Years: 1990 to 1993 Employer: HES Title: Principal Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Was responsible for projects involving utility planning and analysis, energy regulation, economic assessments and modeling, rate design, and regulatory representation. Expert was also responsible for energy efficiency compliance analysis and was the lead technical person for Integrated Resource Planning and the evaluation and assessment of DSM (demand side management) in utility resource plans.
Years: 1986 to 1990 Employer: California Public Utilities Commission Title: Utility Resource Planner Department: Responsibilities: Held the lead technical position for special projects, chief utility planner. Responsible for developing and coordinating team projects that involved modelers, engineers, economists, attorneys, and rate specialists. This assignment involved recommending policy positions to Commission management, preparing Commission reports, and presenting public testimony.
Years: 1984 to 1986 Employer: California Public Utilities Commission Title: Public Utility Regulatory Program Specialist I Department: Responsibilities: Was responsible for detailed analysis of California investor-owned utilities planning and operation. Operations and planning witness in general rate cases, energy cost adjustment clauses, certificates for public convenience and necessity, and special projects.
Years: 1981 to 1984 Employer: California Energy Commission Title: Electric Generation Systems Specialist Department: Responsibilities: Performed analysis of utility production cost, system reliability, resource planning and finances. His efforts were concentrated in the areas of assessment of utility resource plans, evaluation of resource alternatives, utility operations, and financial evaluations.
Years: 1980 to 1981 Employer: California Energy Commission Title: Energy Analyst Department: Responsibilities: Analyzed economic, environmental, political and technical aspects of energy generation and conservation options while holding this position. This assignment included developing an analytical methodology for assessing energy conservation options and comparing them with generating resource options.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1984 to 1990 Agency: US/California Public Utilities Commission Role: Chief Utility Planner Description: Uility planner for California Utilities: rate desicn, project evaluation, technology assessment, system design.
Years: 1981 to 1984 Agency: US/California Energy COmmission Role: Generation System Specialist Description: Evaluation and analysis of utilitygeneration options, interconnection to the grid assessment.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2004 to 2014 Country / Region: Thailand Summary: Training and installation of small hydroelectric systems on the Thai/Myanmar border

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
AWWA - American Water Works Association
ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers
AEE - Association of Energy Engineers
Sigma XI - National Research Honor Society
AEE - American Energy Society
IAEE - International Association of Energy Economists
Licenses / Certifications
CEM - Certified Energy Manager
CSDP - Certified Sustainable Development Professional
Awards / Recognition
Global Energy News – Clean Energy Awards. Best Hydropower Consultancy -Southwest USA.
Publications and Patents Summary
26 Publications

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
California Public Utilities Commission - witness in over 50 proceedings.
California Energy Commission - testimony in multiple Integrated Energy Policy Report proceedings
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - Testimony in multiple proceeding regarding utility operations and configurations. Submission of multiple small hydroelectric licenses and exemption.
Numerous court proceedings.

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