ENERGY AND UTILITIES

Utilities and energy-dependent businesses have unique opportunities and challenges. Complex relationships commonly exist between governance and regulatory requirements, capital investment needs, funding and, at times, competing goals (e.g. cost reduction vs. environmental stewardship).

The intersection of competitive pressures and increased costs can be particularly difficult. Many public institutions are facing direct and indirect comparison against private entities that play by different rules. Incumbent service providers must continuously improve customer service with fewer resources. In short, virtually all organizations have a compelling need to operate smarter and faster, while simultaneously balancing political constraints and public perception issues.

Because of these and other challenges, identification and management of risk across the enterprise has received heightened focus. Cyber security, safety and physical security, financial controls, and project management standards are more stringent than ever. The speed and unpredictability of social media makes the operating environment less forgiving. The various administrative and operating “hiccups” that seemed normal in the past are increasingly scrutinized.  Responses such as “we didn’t know” or “we didn’t think of that” to adverse events are less tolerated.

Experience on Demand’s professionals have extensive management and technical experience in helping governmental entities, utilities, and related public service organizations improve and protect their performance. Our services generally fall under the following categories.

 

Risk Management

We have deep expertise in assisting utilities and energy companies with the design and implementation of formal risk management programs, including governance protocols, policies, procedures, analytics, metrics, and reports.

Resource Planning and Contracting

Our consultants have assisted multiple utilities in analyzing the cost and risk tradeoffs of long-term resource development and contracting options using customized economic models that accurately reflect the operational and economics behavior of resource portfolios.

Demand Forecasting, Pricing and Rate Design

We have extensive experience in developing cost of service models and analyzing customer pricing as part of rate design.  This includes careful examination of fixed costs and variable costs across the utility enterprise to develop appropriate and defendable rate structures.  We also have capabilities to assist utility clients with the design of innovative pricing programs in response to customer interest in renewable energy, distributed generation, and demand-side management.

Finance, Economics, and Risk Management

Our consultants have deep expertise in conducting economic analysis and producing financial projections consistent with applicable accounting standards. We place special emphasis on identifying and exploring the risks and uncertainties contained in forecasts. We apply advanced financial modeling and analysis tools to create greater insight into the numbers.

Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Engagement

We are experts in designing and executing strategic planning processes, including development and administration of surveys and town hall meetings to engage stakeholders. The plans we help our clients develop are clear, actionable, and endorsed.

Process Improvement

We have assisted a broad range of public service and related organizations assess their internal processes, and identify ways to improve quality, speed, and efficiency.

Technology

We offer seasoned experts in information technology strategy and offer hands-on implementation assistance. We understand the tradeoffs between system choices, and provide unbiased recommendations

Program and Project Management

We are experts in program and project management, assisting our clients with the application of leading practices, including Project Management Institute (PMI) standards. We commonly serve in program management advisory roles, providing oversight and coordination of multiple interrelated workstreams.

Training

We offer several introductory and advanced courses on subjects such as project management, communication skills, business analytics, and supply chain management.

 


Practice Leadership

Energy & Utilities focus:  Energy risk management, resource planning, and analytics
Glen Justis is a Senior Partner with Experience on Demand, where he leads the firm’s Energy & Utilities practice. He is highly experienced in delivering consultative services to governmental entities, utilities, and related public service institutions. He has served in partner and director-level roles at Experience on Demand, Acclaim Strategies, Deloitte & Touche, R.W. Beck, and Ameren Corporation. He has extensive experience across multiple types of organizations, including municipal, cooperatives, federal, and state-regulated entities. Over his thirty-plus year career in consulting and industry, he has established an outstanding reputation for assisting clients with issues where strategy, economics, and risk management intersect.

Mr. Justis has an MBA and engineering degrees. He has also completed executive education on competitive strategy at the Wharton School.

Energy & Utilities focus:  Supply chain management and negotiations
Ray Scott brings to his assignments a vast array of experience in Supply Chain, Purchasing, Operations, Marketing, and Accounting. He has performed a variety of consulting and training engagements for Experience on Demand, focusing on inventory management, process improvement, purchasing strategies, operations management, software selection & implementation, and project management.

His certifications include Certified Public Accountant, and Certified Fellow in Production & Inventory Management, Certified Supply Chain Professional, and Certified in Integrated Resource Management from APICS

Energy & Utilities focus:  Process improvement, training, and project management
Sarah Dubberke has established an outstanding reputation with her clients over her 30+ year career in consulting and industry. Her varied career has given her insight into many vital business issues, which she uses to help clients improve their organizations. Sarah holds an MBA with honors from St. Louis University and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. Her work background includes corporate training, marketing, sales, financial and cost analysis and more. She currently teaches economics part time at Webster University and Washington University in St. Louis.

Energy & Utilities focus:  HR strategy
Dave’s passion is assisting business leaders solve their employee challenges.  He is a seasoned Human Resource Management executive with the unique combination of both HR and P&L experience, resulting in a business person who specializes in people management.  His extensive background enables him to consult in the entire Employee Life Cycle.  In addition, Dave’s broad-based experience in manufacturing, healthcare, retail, distribution, hotel services, not-for-profit, medical device, commercial sales, and senior living has prepared him to tackle any industry. Dave has a B.S. in Psychology from Purdue University and a M.S. in Industrial Relations from the Krannert School of Business, Purdue University.  He serves on the Board of Directors of Friendship Village St. Louis.  He is also the author of The Spiritual Keys to an Effective Job Search and is a veteran having served in the U.S Army Security Agency.

Energy & Utilities focus:  Internal controls and IT auditing
Doug is a talented and seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in Risk Management, Auditing and Compliance.  He brings a wealth of expertise with particular strengths in areas such as Information Technology Controls/Security/Audit, Enterprise & Operational Risk Management, Process Improvement, and Regulatory Compliance.  Doug has worked across multiple industry leading companies, including Mastercard, Graybar Electric, Enterprise Holdings and Express Scripts. Doug obtained his BS/BA degree in Accounting and an MBA from Saint Louis University.  He is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and holds an ISACA Cybersecurity Certificate.

Energy & Utilities focus:  Data analysis and operational modeling
Pat has vast experience in several industries, including food and beverage, industrial, and transportation equipment. As an Industrial Engineer, he has improved processes, reduced costs and improved customer service through all areas of manufacturing, warehousing and distribution. Pat is a Certified Supply Chain Professional through APICS and holds a Certificate in Supply Chain Management from St. Louis University. He is a Life Member in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and has held offices of Chapter President and several other board positions. He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Management.

Third Party Collaborators and Affiliates

Kevin Cox is a Principal and Electrical Engineering Manager at CDG Engineers.  He has direct experience leading Integrated Resource Planning for a major western electric utility, as well as working directly with clients to implement industry standard methods for capacity expansion, forecasting, and production cost modeling to their unique circumstances. CDG Engineers is an independent professional engineering firm based in St. Louis, Missouri with specialization in electric utility engineering services. CDG has been in operation for over 25 years serving municipal, cooperative, and investor-owned organizations. The CDG team has decades of experience with electric utilities, including a specialty in utility analysis and resource planning.  Further information on CDG can be found online at www.cdgengineers.com

Michael Proctor has a PhD in Economics from Texas A&M University.  He has extensive experience in utility economics, forecasting, cost of service, market design, levelized cost of energy analysis, and RTO structure/cost allocation issues.  Dr. Proctor collaborates with Experience on Demand on issues where PhD-level expertise is beneficial in understanding the behavior of energy markets and utility costs.