Services - Economic, Financial, Policy


Economic/Financial Modeling and Analyses
We develop Economic Impact Analyses documents.  We have conducted economic impact studies for NASA, DOE contractor National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec) and Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC).  We have estimated the economic impact of regulations on small and large entities for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  We conduct economic modeling and financial analyses of conventional and renewable energy resources.  As part of these analyses, we calculate cost/benefit ratios, payback periods, net present values and rates of return.  We assess project competitiveness and viability.  We conducted economic and financial analyses of nine hydro power plants for the Kenya Tea Development Agency.  We used spreadsheet-based models to evaluate the economics and carbon credit potential of the hydro options.
   
Policy Analyses
We develop policy analyses for clients.  We study the economic and regulatory impact of a policy.  We analyze state level electric and gas markets, study energy industry restructuring models and assess the impact of state commission policy on these markets.  We review utility policies and programs to encourage the adoption of renewable and distributed generation options by their customers.  Finally, we study environmental policies/programs and impacts.

Regulatory Trends 
We advise clients on how states have addressed cost recovery, allocation of costs, parity of rate of return, purchasing and hedging issues. We performed a benchmark study of regulatory trends in the gas industry by researching gas purchasing and gas cost recovery issues.  

Regulatory Impacts
We analyze societal impacts of regulation for clients.  We perform studies on the impact of rules and regulations on business and assess how these regulations influence consumer choices of products and services.  We also perform Small Business Screening and Analyses.  We estimate impacts to small business as part of analyses in compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) as amended by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA).

Energy/Economic studies, reports  
We develop studies, analyses and reports related to our capabilities.  We have worked on reports related to clean energy, air pollution control regulations, sustainability planning, energy audits, utility billing analyses, regulatory and economic impact analyses and industry regulation issues.

Energy industry training 
We provide training on Utility Invoice Analysis, Cost Avoidance Strategies and Energy Auditing to Energy Managers, Facility Managers and other facility personnel.  We provide training through on-site and off-site courses and through webinars.

Customer Green Education Strategies
We help entities develop education strategies for customers. The objective of these programs is to increase awareness of new green initiatives undertaken by an entity and to promote the entity's green image. We trained the managers of an international utility on customer education strategies. 

Internal Sustainability Education Strategies 
We help agencies with internal training strategies for management and personnel. The purpose of these strategies is to train personnel for implementation of new sustainability policies and procedures. We have lectured the management of an international utility on these issues and provided training to a federal agency on sustainability policy, communication and financing topics.

Market Segmentation 
We help clients understand the benefits of market segmentation and develop residential and business market segmentation programs. We have educated managers of an international utility on product differentiation issues.

Marketing Strategies and Strategic Communications
We help clients define markets and position them for success in a competitive marketplace.  We help them communicate their sustainability strategies and successes internally and externally.  We provided strategic consulting services to a Midwest utility for the marketing of an improved environmental profile for the company.  We helped the Army National Guard with strategic communications related to sustainability best practices within and outside the agency.

Settlement Processes and Rulemaking
We direct and participate in settlement processes for the approval of utility plans.  We participated in a collaborative effort to prepare resource planning guidelines for a Midwestern state.

Testimony and docket support 
We help clients prepare documents for docket inclusion by formulating discovery requests and responding to requests.  We develop testimony based on economic and statistical analyses, critique opposing testimony and prepare cross-examination exhibits.  We help clients prepare case briefs, present oral testimony and participate in hearings.  We presented testimony before regulatory commissions on rate design, plant construction, least-cost planning, demand side management, gas cost recovery mechanisms and environmental compliance issues. 

Comment support 
We help clients with the compilation, categorization and organization of stakeholder and peer review comments.  We provide assistance in analyzing, responding to and incorporating comments.  We helped EPA's Climate Protection Partnership Division with reviewer comments on Clean Energy-Environment Guide to Action.