Recognizing climate change and in the wake of damaging storms and wildfires, regulators and utility executives have focused on building resilient infrastructure. COVID-19 reveals the importance of building a resilient utility business model.
What are utilities’ options?
Decarbonizing the U.S. economy leans heavily on first decarbonizing our electricity system. Marc Montalvo will explore the market trends and drivers in this space and focus on what they mean for electric utilities – including successful response strategies – at the upcoming 5th annual Grid Modernization Forum. Hosted 100% online on May 19th and May 20th, this forum will “closely examine lessons learned to date by industry leaders pushing the frontiers of grid modernization and reliability.” For a full agenda click here and to listen live, registration is open here. If you aren’t able to make the conference, but are interested in Marc’s talk, send us a note at email@example.com and we’ll ship you a summary after the event.
A Major Step in Moving to a Diversified Portfolio of Supply and Demand Reduction Resources: SLEMCO, PC Electric, and CEC are together seeking information from providers of capacity and energy resources regarding contracted power supply and demand reduction solutions.
It is with great pride that Daymark announces the promotion of Dan Koehler to Managing Consultant.
Dan joined our team in 2010 and since that time he has contributed increasingly to our team’s management and investment advisory and analytical capabilities. He provides our clients with economic and policy analysis and strategic insights in matters including resource planning and procurement, ratemaking and regulation, and asset valuation. He has extensive experience assessing infrastructure economics, leading market studies, forecasting wholesale electricity prices, and providing expert testimony before state regulatory agencies on resource planning and ratemaking issues. Dan also serves as our Director of Project Management.
Dan is excited to continue driving our team’s innovation in emerging areas like renewable energy and energy storage integration and optimization, and to provide insightful advisory services to project developers, asset owners, and utilities.
On August 24, 2018, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a comprehensive settlement resolving Narragansett Electric Company’s gas and electric distribution rate case and its Power Sector Transformation plan. Power Sector Transformation covers the broad range of grid modernization topics being discussed across the country.
Congratulations to Vineyard Wind on its winning bid in the Massachusetts Section 83C Offshore Wind Energy Generation request for proposals. The Vineyard Wind project is an 800 MW offshore wind farm and electricity transmission project south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, owned equally by Avangrid Renewables and funds of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. The final acceptance of the bid and the award of the contract is subject to several conditions. Daymark was proud to contribute a report on quantitative and qualitative project benefits – including wholesale market savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions - in support of Vineyard Wind’s successful application.
The entire team here at Daymark congratulates Osaka Gas USA on its acquisition of an ownership share of the Kleen Energy Power Generation Facility, a 620-MW natural gas-fired combined cycle plant in Middletown, Connecticut. Osaka Gas joins three other investors in simultaneously acquiring majority ownership interest in the facility. Daymark was proud to offer analytical support and wholesale market advisory services to Osaka Gas during the acquisition process.
As northeastern states seek a cleaner energy future, what will that future hold for natural gas? The Northeast Energy and Commerce Association’s (NECA) 22nd Annual Fuels Conference is set for September 27th in Marlborough, Massachusetts and it will explore the many angles of that very question.
Daymark Energy Advisors is pleased to announce that Michael Ballaban has joined our team as a Managing Consultant.
Mr. Ballaban has extensive experience providing electric and gas industry clients with advisory services in pricing, cost of service, rate design, resource procurement, and competitive markets. He began his career in financial forecasting for what is now National Grid and then took on roles at other utilities and consulting firms, becoming an expert in an array of regulatory support services.
Michael Ballaban provides clients economic and financial analysis and strategic insights regarding the provision and pricing of retail and wholesale electricity and natural gas services. He has extensive experience providing regulatory advisory services in the areas of utility financial planning, cost of service studies, tariff structures, and rate design.
We’re excited to welcome Mr. Ballaban to the Daymark team! We believe his contributions will help advance our mission and offer support to clients in the evolving areas of electric grid modernization policy and regulation, and natural gas.
“New England Energy Now: Moving Back or to the Future?” That’s the question our experts will be weighing in on at this year’s New England Energy Conference & Exposition. Join us at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton, Connecticut, on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 9th and 10th, for the event hosted by the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (NECA) and the Connecticut Power and Energy Society (CPES).
This 24th annual event promises to be “full of fantastic key notes, compelling panels, the popular breakfast roundtable, and golf!” As part of the program, Daymark is sponsoring Tuesday night’s dinner, with a special speaker introduction by Marc Montalvo, and Tina Bennett is moderating the first session on Wednesday morning - “Bedrock to Progressive Rock: Welcome to the Future!”
Daymark Energy Advisors is pleased to announce that Tina Bennett has joined the firm as Principal Consultant and Melissa Whitten and Doug Smith, both longstanding members of the firm, have been elevated to Managing Consultant.
Marc Montalvo, President and Principal Consultant of Daymark Energy Advisors, will be participating as a faculty member in the Electricity 101 Seminar that will be hosted by the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (NECA) next Thursday, March 30th, in downtown Boston. NECA is a nonprofit trade association that has recently started offering a series of “101” courses to help new professionals learn about the evolution of competitive energy markets.
Registration is still open – please visit NECA’s website and join us next week!
On November 10, 2016, Daymark President Marc Montalvo presented at the New England Coalition for Affordable Energy's 2016 Elections & Changing Energy Landscape event at the Marriott Courtyard in Marlborough, MA. He joined Douglas Schwartz, Director of the Quinnipiac University Poll and other expert panelists to provide a top-tier analysis of the 2016 Elections and the significant impact they could have on New England's changing energy landscape.
Daymark Energy Advisors consultant Dimitri Kordonis recently attended a new regional forum on electricity and gas in the PJM Interconnection region, which is comprised of 13 states and the District of Columbia. PJM coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity and operates the electric transmission grid serving all or part of these regions.
Daymark Principal Consultant Stan Faryniarz was a featured speaker at Renewable Energy Vermont's 2016 Conference & Expo (REV 2016) in Burlington, Vermont, where he addressed the market status, economics and future evolution of energy storage in a seminar session titled "Storage Project & Policy Successes: Enhancing Renewables' Integration & Resilience."
Daymark Energy Advisors will be a sponsor of this year's Western States Power and Gas Conference in San Francisco, November 29 - 30. In addition, Principal Consultant Dan Peaco will be moderating the panel discussion "From Pilot Programs to Deployment—The Increasing Role of Energy Storage" on Day 2 of the conference.
The state of Massachusetts recently completed an assessment on energy storage, titled State of Charge: Massachusetts Energy Storage Initiative Study, a yearlong comprehensive energy storage study by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The study evaluates and demonstrates the benefits of deploying energy storage technologies in Massachusetts and also analyzes the economic benefits and market opportunities for energy storage in the state.
On November 10, 2016, just two days after the 2016 Election, the New England Coalition for Affordable Energy is hosting its Election 2016 & New England's Changing Energy Landscape event at the Marriott Courtyard in Marlborough, MA from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Daymark President Marc Montalvo will be joining Douglas Schwartz, Director of the Quinnipiac University Poll and other expert panelists to provide a top-tier analysis of the 2016 Elections and the significant impact they could have on New England's changing energy landscape.
To learn more, visit the event page on the New England Coalition for Affordable Energy website. Or to RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free to attend but RSVP is required.
Marc Montalvo, Daymark Energy Advisors President & Principal Consultant will be joining a StateImpact Pennsylvania panel tonight on "The Politics of Pennsylvania's Energy Future" at WHYY Studios in Philadelphia, PA, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT.
Learn more about the event here and be sure to connect with Marc via the Daymark Energy Advisors website to continue the conversation.
The study, conducted by Daymark Energy Advisors and released by the New England Coalition for Affordable Energy, found that New England is at greater risk of higher energy costs and price volatility than estimated a year ago. It also found that recent delays and cancellations of energy projects in the region combined with new energy policies could have greater adverse economic consequences through 2020 than previously estimated.
Daymark Energy Advisors’ Principal Consultant Stan Faryniarz recently attended the Northeast Public Power Association (NEPPA) annual conference in Lake Placid, NY. NEPPA is a private, non-profit trade association that represents and serves 21 consumer-owned utilities in New England.
The four-day annual conference included presentations and expert roundtables that assessed the current state of the energy markets and provided education on northeastern state and federal government initiatives and regulatory environments.
Recently, Daymark Principal Consultant and Vice President Kathy Kelly moderated a panel on Restructured Energy Markets & the Grid of the Future at the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association's (NECA) New England Energy Conference and Exposition.
The panel discussion focused primarily on identifying necessary actions to remove current barriers to the success of the grid of the future.
Melissa Whitten, Senior Consultant with Daymark Energy Advisors, participated as a faculty member for the Natural Gas 101 Seminar offered by the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (NECA) in April. NECA is a nonprofit trade association that has recently started offering a series of “101” courses to help new professionals learn about the evolution of competitive energy markets.
Next week, Daymark Energy Advisors' Principal Consultant and Vice President, Kathy Kelly, will moderate a panel on Restructured Energy Markets & the Grid of the Future at the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association's (NECA) New England Energy Conference and Exposition.
Principal Consultant John Athas will be attending the CAMPUT Annual Conference this May15-18 in Montréal. Daymark has been active in seven Canadian provinces over recent years, supporting Small Business Advocate, Nelson Blackburn, in Nova Scotia, and the Public Intervener, Heather Black, in New Brunswick, as well as the current Cost of Service Study work for the Manitoba PUB. John leads these initiatives and is looking forward to connecting at the conference. Those attending can contact him here or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Congratulations to Daymark Energy Advisors clients VELCO and Green Mountain Power (GMP) on being named as finalists for the electric industry’s highest honor, the Edison Award.
Marc D. Montalvo, Daymark Energy Advisors President, will be a moderator at Genscape Digital Energy Forums 2016 for the Power & Gas Market Regulatory Update session from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT on April 22, 2016.
Learn more about the event here.
Marc D. Montalvo is President of Daymark Energy Advisors. He provides strategy, risk management, and decision-making advisory services to a wide range of clients in the electricity industry. His principal practice areas are competitive power market design, FERC regulation and energy policy, and capital planning and management.
Daymark’s Dan Peaco was a featured speaker at the EUCI’s 16 Annual Integrated Resource Planning conference last week, where he addressed the nature of changes in utility planning as regional markets have transformed across the U.S. and Canada. The conference focused on market changes that are being implemented in the Western United States.
Daymark Energy Advisors is pleased to announce that Kathleen A. Kelly has joined the firm as Principal Consultant and V.P. of Consulting Operations. Ms. Kelly brings a wealth of management and consulting experience, advising utilities, regulators, and major customers on issues including disruptive technologies, regulatory policy shifts, and balanced resource economics and planning.
La Capra Associates, a leading energy consulting firm serving the North American electricity and natural gas industries, announced at the celebration of its 35th anniversary that it has changed its name. The new name, revealed on Saturday, is Daymark Energy Advisors.
“The Economic Impact of Integrating Energy Infrastructure in a High Cost Region” is the topic of the New England-Canadian Business Council’s Annual Energy Trade & Technology Council. John Athas and Dan Koehler will be attending the conference which is being held in Boston November 12-13, 2015.
Daymark Energy Advisors is pleased be a sponsor of NECA’s 2015 Power Markets Conference on Tuesday, November 17th Marlborough, MA.
Daymark is pleased to announce that Marc D. Montalvo has been named President of the firm. Marc Montalvo brings nearly two decades of leadership experience in the electrical industry, in the areas of risk management, finance, market surveillance, power market design and power system planning and economics.
Daymark is pleased to announce that Philip DiDomenico has joined the firm as Managing Consultant.
With 38 years of experience in electric utility management, planning and operations DiDomenico brings to the firm his wide expertise including asset transaction assessment, organizational and operational effectiveness reviews and audits, regulatory review of policies and practices, utility management and integrated resource planning.
March 11, 2014: Daymark has filed our review of Manitoba Hydro’s proposal to build the Keeyask and Conawapa dams and associated transmission facilities. The analysis, including financial modeling, contract review, transmission economics analysis and risk assessment, was conducted on behalf of Manitoba’s Public Utilities Board which appointed Daymark to its team of independent experts providing technical advice on the $16.4 billion projects.
Update: On July 2, 2014, Manitoba’s Public Utilities Board issued its report with recommendations to the Government of Manitoba regarding Manitoba Hydro’s proposal.
Daymark Energy Advisors is pleased to announce that Marc D. Montalvo has joined the firm as Vice President and Principal Consultant.
With nearly two decades of experience, Montalvo is an established electric industry expert in areas including risk management, finance, market surveillance, power market design, and power system planning and economics.
New Hampshire is faced with a complex decision of whether and how the state’s largest regulated utility should divest itself of its remaining generating assets. Daymark teamed with ESS Group to provide the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission with a comprehensive economic valuation of the fossil, hydro and biomass generating assets of Public Service Company of New Hampshire as well as the market value of the Purchased Power Agreements with the Lempster Wind and Burgess BioPower facilities. The reports are now available.
Principal Consultant Alvaro E. Pereira, Ph.D. will be speaking at Energy 2.0 – A Changing World on February 20th in Québec. In his presentation, he will examine the relationship between renewable energy development and the shale gas market in New England.