CRA energy experts
CRA energy experts
Christopher Russo advises domestic and international clients in the electricity and gas industries in the areas of investment strategy and economic analysis, asset valuation, energy technology, and generation and transmission development. His experience covers electricity and gas markets in North America, Europe, and the Middle East where he uses an analytic approach to assist clients in developing strategies for electricity and gas markets.
Mr. Adamson focuses on the application of economic analysis to competitive energy markets for both electricity and natural gas. He has worked extensively on market design, asset valuation, litigation support, transmission pricing, and contract analysis. He has provided extensive expert testimony before the FERC, US state and Canadian provincial regulators, and arbitral tribunals. His international work on energy sector restructuring, pricing, and valuation issues includes projects in the European Union, India, China, and Latin America. He has also advised a range of generation, utility, and investment banking clients on generation valuation, finance, and mergers and acquisitions.
Dr. Robin Cohen has more than 25 years of experience consulting on economic regulation in the energy industry in the UK and abroad. In the UK, he has advised electricity, gas, and water companies through the privatization process and the design of the new market and regulatory issues. Most recently, Dr. Cohen advised a major utility and the UK government on its Electricity Market Reform program and acted as expert on a number of power and gas sector disputes and has advised regulators on price setting, evaluating operating efficiencies, and the opening up of markets to competition.
Dr. Hunger is an expert in energy market merger analysis and market rate matters. As a senior economist at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for more than ten years, he analyzed mergers and other corporate transactions; market power in market-based rates cases; demand response compensation, compliance cases for Regional Transmission Organizations; and competition issues in electricity markets. Dr. Hunger is an affiliated professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI), and he frequently speaks on energy market issues and publishes articles on energy economics and policy
Colin Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in the energy and infrastructure sector with a particular focus in the power, oil and gas industries. Mr. Johnson has international experience in analyzing, negotiating, and managing major energy projects and has worked in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He has acted on behalf of national governments, large companies, and entrepreneurs in international arbitrations and litigation as an expert witness for a variety of cases ranging up to US$50bn+ in claim value.
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Arnold J. Lowenstein is an expert in business and competitive strategy who consults to the senior management of major industrial companies on their key strategic challenges. He specializes in corporate strategy and restructuring and has lead numerous assignments to assist clients develop targeted growth programs, effectively globalize, and reposition their businesses to outperform in changing markets. He assists clients in corporate portfolio and risk assessments to develop plans to reposition portfolios to achieve key corporate performance and shareholder value. He also advises on major national and international mergers regarding business fit, value, and competitive positioning issues.
Joanne McCollum has 20 years of experience working with senior leadership teams to develop better corporate and business strategies, strengthen organizational capabilities, and help drive execution. Specific areas of experience include business model transformation, corporate portfolio strategy and capital allocation, M&A strategy and strategic due diligence, governance model, organizational structure design and processes, and operating practices to effectively align cost with customer benefit.
Mr. McMahon has been a strategic and financial consultant to the energy sector for approximately 20 years, working frequently with diversified energy companies, electric and gas utilities, merchant generators, and private equity. Mr. McMahon specializes in corporate strategy, business planning, and transaction support. He has been a trusted advisor to many executives on important issues affecting the energy industry over the years and frequently supports corporate transformation projects as a result. Over his career, Mr. McMahon has led more than 200 projects for more than 75 unique clients, in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia.
Patrick Augustine specializes in market analysis and strategy development within the electric utility and power market sectors. Mr. Augustine is experienced with power market dispatch systems and utility planning tools and has performed power market assessments throughout North America in support of project developers, utilities, investors, and lenders in their project development, financing, and planning efforts.
Mr. Edo Macan advises electric utilities and independent power producers on asset valuation, energy risk management, fuel procurement, contractual disputes, mergers and acquisitions, demand response, renewables, emission markets, and environmental compliance. Mr. Macan also advises asset managers and financial institutions on risk analytics and valuation of exotic derivatives and complex financial instruments (CDO), employee stock options, securities fraud, and subprime lending litigation.
Jeff Plewes specializes in the economic analysis of energy and environmental policy with a focus on industry and employment impacts. He has worked with companies in a wide variety of sectors to help them understand the implications of public policies on their operations and investment decisions. He has also authored reports on contributions of specific firms, projects, and sectors to regional and national economies. Mr. Plewes supports this work with quantitative analysis using advanced energy and macroeconomic modeling tools.
Brian Rivard is a principal in CRA’s Energy Practice. Prior to joining CRA, Dr. Rivard was the Director of Markets at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario. While working at the IESO, Dr. Rivard was responsible for providing analysis of the impacts of changes to the IESO Market Rules or Market Design, government policies, and other industry initiatives. For almost 15 years at IESO, he helped support the development of market-based approaches to managing Ontario’s electricity system needs.
Enrique has over 12 years of management consulting and executive leadership experience across a variety of sectors including Energy, Natural Resources, Industrials, and Financial Services. During his time as an executive and consultant, he has led projects and advised senior management on a broad range of issues such as M&A and Organic Growth Strategy/Execution, Business Development, BU and Corporate Strategy, Performance Improvement, and Organizational Restructuring.
Energy economist Robert Kaineg has worked as a consultant for more than seven years developing solutions for clients in the public and private sectors. He supports clients’ strategy development and investment decisions through policy and market analysis, project evaluation, financial modeling, and market forecasting. Mr. Kaineg has worked closely with agencies within the German, Japanese, Mexican, Norwegian, and Ukrainian governments; leading US utilities and merchant power generators; and global companies iron and steel, fossil fuel, and mining industries.
Robert Cary has more than 20 years of experience in the electricity industry and has been instrumental in the development and advancement of a number of Canadian provinces’ electricity markets. Considered one of the foremost experts on the Ontario electricity market, Mr. Cary advises a range of clients, including government agencies, system operators, and electricity generators. His work focuses on market design, evolution and regulation, program design, contract negotiation, and operating strategies.
Robert E. Curry, Jr. provides energy consulting and legal advice to private clients. He has served as a commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission, which has jurisdiction over investor-owned utilities and their more than $30 billion in annual charges, for six years. As a member of the US Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee since 2010, Mr. Curry advises on strategies for the modernization of the nation’s electricity infrastructure. He is vice-chair of the department’s Race to the Top Subcommittee, a program that encourages states to prioritize energy efficiency and distributed generation. He is also involved in the New York City Energy Planning Board, the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, and other power industry and regulatory activities.
Robert Stoddard has assisted clients in defining, analyzing, and interpreting the economic issues involved with competition and product valuation in energy and other markets. Recent work has focused on electricity industry restructuring and on providing both strategic analyses and testimony for utilities, generation owners, and governments regarding the practical implications of market design and structure. He has submitted testimony to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and to the utility commissions and legislatures of several states on competitive market design and market power issues, and he has testified in civil litigation and arbitration on the interpretation of, and damages relating to, energy contracts.