Summary of Experience
Mr. Small is a licensed professional engineer with twenty-nine years of combined experience in management consulting, transmission and distribution planning, and operations at an electric utility. He is a thought leader and highly-experienced senior member of Concentric’s Future of Energy team and focuses on Grid Modernization and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) integration. By leveraging his engineering and utility operations background, Mr. Small offers clients a cohesive Future of Energy strategy that combines technology, finance, and regulatory services.
Before joining Concentric, Mr. Small led teams at Black & Veatch Management Consulting and Bridge Energy Group. His most recent work has focused on the development of operational strategy for integrating DERs with retail and wholesale markets. Mr. Small holds masters degrees in electrical engineering and business administration.
M.B.A., University of Southern Maine
M.S., University of Maine
B.S., University of Maine
A “regulatory roadmap’” is needed to execute a corporate vision when the existing regulatory framework does not provide the utility with appropriate authorities and financial incentives to deliver on customer desires and policy goals. Concentric’s team of regulatory, operations, customer, and planning experts worked with a client team to refine their long-term vision and develop […]
A northeast investor-owned utility sought expert assistance in preparing written comments regarding rate design and compensation for energy storage projects (ESPs), including compensation for avoided transmission and distribution costs and access to wholesale energy markets. Working with a multi-disciplinary client team, Concentric developed initial and reply comments that provided an analytical framework for Commission Staff […]
Concentric partnered with a technology firm to develop a Grid Modernization Plan for Fitchburg Gas & Electric (FG&E), the Massachusetts subsidiary of Unitil Corporation. Massachusetts was the first state in the country to mandate the filing of grid modernization plans. The filing demonstrates how FG&E will make progress in meeting the regulator’s four grid modernization […]
Concentric collaborated with Avangrid’s distribution system planning, grid operations, capital investment, and regulatory Subject Matter Experts to develop resilience plans for its New York and Maine service areas. These plans were informed by data analytics and consisted of proposals to reconfigure several circuits, adding sensors and automatic distribution capabilities, coordinated with tree-trimming plans. Concentric prepared […]
A northeast investor-owned utility retained Concentric to examine the potential business and operational impacts of increasing amounts of distributed energy resources on their distribution system. At the same time, our client wanted to explore the strategic implications of the Distribution System Operator (DSO) concept. The goal was to develop a Design Model for the DSO […]
As part of New York Public Service Commission Case 18-E-0130, “Matter of Energy Storage Deployment Program,” the Joint Utilities of New York (Joint Utilities) requested consulting support to help develop market design and integration concepts as input to a Joint Market Design and Integration Report. Concentric’s engagement leader has been an active participant in all […]