Summary of Experience
Ms. Powers has over 29 years of experience in the wholesale and retail electricity markets, power generation, and energy consulting fields with considerable expertise in wholesale electric market operations and analysis, transmission system planning and operations, generation asset sales and acquisitions, asset valuation, wholesale and retail energy planning and procurement, and power plant operations. She has experience in executing both regulated and unregulated fossil and renewable generation asset sale transactions in the areas of regulatory analysis, policy development, due diligence analyses, energy market assessment, and business unit strategy. With her significant experience in preparing market assessments and forecasts, Ms. Powers has advised several clients on the procurement of competitive electricity in deregulated markets by developing strategic procurement strategies, preparing solicitation packages, evaluating supply and service proposals, and negotiating contracts with retail energy suppliers.
Ms. Powers has been extensively involved in the design, implementation, and operation of the ISO New England Forward Capacity Market as well as the operation of existing wholesale markets in the New England power region. Part of her role in this project was to manage the market design effort, which included designing several processes and procedures pertaining to resource qualification, capacity requirements, and market power mitigation and settlement. Ms. Powers drafted several sections of the Market Rules and presented the draft rules to market participants during approximately 20 meetings over a six-month period.
M.B.A., magna cum laude, Bentley College
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts
Connecticut Siting Council; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Massachusetts District Court
We developed a report on the renewable energy potential in the four Atlantic Provinces. Our report examined opportunities for Atlantic Canadian firms in the supply chain for various renewable generation technologies including onshore wind, offshore wind, tidal energy, biomass energy and systems to power remote on- and off-grid communities.
We supported the client’s process of developing a Certificate of Necessity and Integrated Resource Plan filing for its public service commission for the purpose of receiving approval to build a clean coal project. We reviewed integrated resource plan assumptions, new construction cost estimates, review of Strategist model outputs, overall guidance and assessment of the Certificate […]
We analyzed the Integrated Resource Plan developed by the client’s state energy and environmental protection agency in order to provide a response to the state on the plan and projected resource needs in the state. Our work involved reviewing assumptions on projected supply side resources and future demand projections to support the client’s position on the need for […]
Our utility client owns and operates coal-fired generating stations in the Midwestern U.S. Following the decision to retire certain coal-fired generating assets, the company’s decommissioning team was faced with the challenge of determining how to realize each retired site’s highest and best use. The goal was to find the best use for each site specific […]
We acted as an agent of a state regulatory commission by serving as the Independent Evaluator for the competitive acquisition process that our utility client undertook to acquire resources pursuant to its approved state’s resource plan.
We provided assistance with a RFP for reliability services related to the retirement of the client’s power generating facility. This work involved a review of the RFP, including the review of key commercial terms and regulatory requirements, and development of the models and methodology to be used for the evaluation of bids. We also conducted the […]
On behalf of a public utilities commission, we reviewed the reasonableness of a member-owned, not-for-profit, generation and transmission cooperative’s Mitigation Plan. In particular, we reviewed the ability of its coal-generating fleet to be competitive and to make sales of capacity and energy in the wholesale markets, evaluating wholesale power contracts, reviewing the steps taken to idle or […]
We filed testimony on behalf of a generation owner and the State of Maryland in a case brought against the State by certain owners of generation in the PJM market. Our work involved defending the right of the State to sign long-term contracts with generators in order to encourage new generation in the State to […]
Our role as lead financial advisor in the sales of generating assets has included the development and negotiation of power purchase agreements (“PPAs”), including: Development of form of PPA upon which to solicit proposals Development of pricing parameter (e.g., cost of service and market prices) to use in evaluation of proposals Review of bidder feedback […]
We have served as an independent system operator’s (“ISO”) market expert in a variety of capacities, including development of the initial design of its Forward Capacity Market (“FCM”). Our work involved leading various ISO project teams in developing the detailed market design, and interacting with developers, engineering companies, and other entities involved in the construction and […]
We provided strategic advisory services for a government agency for the development of an energy hub, including building a new transmission corridor for exports into the New England region. Additionally, we have provided ongoing support to the agency for promoting development of renewable energy projects to serve provincial and export power markets. We have provided […]
We conducted an analysis to assess historic generator profits/losses in the wholesale electric market in various energy zones in the NYISO. Our work involved identifying and assessing key profitability drivers, analyzing historic capacity and energy prices, developing fixed and variable operating costs for select fuel types, analyzing financial markets to determine appropriate costs of capital […]
We reviewed and conceptualized various market structures and offerings by existing solar developers. We applied this analysis to the four solar proposals that were provided to the client to determine how representative the four existing solar proposals are of what is available in the market today and what other solar options may be available to […]
We provided advisory services pertaining to potential acquisitions of U.S. energy companies. We provided a detailed overview and technical assessment of the North American energy industry to help the client better understand the industry and regulatory landscape in which they may invest. The assessment included a detailed overview of the electric and natural gas industries […]
We provided financial advisory services pertaining to the acquisition of a major energy infrastructure company, including natural gas distribution and pipelines. This effort included detailed due diligence to develop twenty-year financial projections for all regulated operating subsidiaries of the client’s identified target, including key revenue drivers impacting the valuation. Specifically, we provided the following support: reviewed […]
We provided advisory services pertaining to a potential acquisition of a large North American electric transmission company. We assisted the client in understanding the regulatory landscape applicable to the company and related wholesale power market issues arising from its interaction with the governing electric system operator.
We provided arbitration dispute services related to three small independent power producers(“IPP”) concerning the price set for renewing power purchase agreement contracts. The services we provided include opinions on the North East American energy market evolution, prevailing pricing parameters, the reasonableness and fairness of the price offered by the client, how that price compares with […]
We provided a contract and damages assessment in an arbitration case. The assessment involved contract review and an analysis of damages based on energy and capacity clearing prices versus contract prices.
We assisted the client with a review of the project management processes used to manage an extended power uprate-life cycle management project at the client’s nuclear generating facilities. This work included reviewing the extended power uprate (“EPU”)/life cycle management (“LCM”) project and the prudence of management’s decisions and actions over the course of the EPU/LCM […]