Is your energy infrastructure or operations at risk?
What would happen if your fuel supply suddenly became unavailable?
Do you have a plan for changing technologies?
How are you planning to address new customer side (demand side) energy issues and solutions?
Are you utilizing the emerging “smart grid” technologies to improve – and safeguard - your energy system’s performance?
Have you determined your renewable energy portfolio?
Is regulatory policy that controls your business environment in transition?
none of these questions have simple solutions, the HGH Associates
Energy Utility Team (“the Team”) has the extremely diverse experience
to provide you with workable answers. Utility Executives, the Board of
Directors and the Audit Committee each have their own demands that come
from diverse regulations, such as the new demands for transparency.
Additionally, the diversity of components that comprise the Energy
Sector, add a level of difficulty in reaching solutions that can
successfully address all issues. It is specifically because of the
unique qualifications of the Team, that imaginative Options can be
In addition to the
technical knowledge, the Team brings the skills of problem solving to
the process and have team-work skills that facilitate the Group dynamic
and results in imaginative and practical solutions. Most important, the
team must and will create an excellent working relationship with the
A review of the profiles of
the team’s members will make it readily apparent that each represents a
vast range of experience, individually and collectively.
Such diverse experience and knowledge allows the Team to understand the implications of:
Aging and deteriorating system infrastructure
Rapidly changing technologies and customer requirements
Potential for fuel shortages or drastic changes in pricing
The need for supporting a more “renewable” energy portfolio
Escalating fuel cost
Regulatory requirements are often difficult and conflicting
Regulatory bodies place additional complexity on arriving at workable solutions
And, the potential for terrorism on the physical plant
This is just a partial list of issues you are facing.
is very proud that our staff has a track record of creating innovative,
practical solutions, as well as viable alternative scenarios. Our Team
also brings to the Problem Solving process, skill in coordinating
Workshop Sessions. It is our experience that the client has most of the
answers, but needs assistance in framing the final solution. This
creates an environment in which your Staff can have meaningful
participation as valuable answers are developed.
Our services include:
Review of accounting procedures to insure “best practices”
Audit of legal and business practices
Audit Committee oversight procedures and responsibilities to assure that latest regulatory policies are being employed
Review and analysis of transmission and distribution systems comprising energy infrastructure
Recommendations of alternate avenues of transmission
Substation & system automation improvements
Assessment of environmental considerations to determine the impact of land, water or atmosphere on infrastructure changes
Collection and analysis of data related to energy systems to support the development of alternative scenarios
Assessment of regulatory risk and the development of strategies to mitigate exposure to uncertain policy making
New Business Strategies:
emerging technologies to increase asset utilization – power line
carrier, new customer services, improved system automation
Understanding the implications of scale, diversity or niche services
Assisting the Board and management team for acquisition
Understanding potential targets for growth through acquisition or merger
of Loss Prevention protocols to assure reliability continuum. Such loss
prevention is a reflection of unstable times, and includes such
potential problems as loss of fuel source, inability to meet full
capacity of plant due to either climatic interference or terrorism, and
the effects of cyber terrorism on operational software.
regulatory policy profoundly affects all participants in the energy
field. Does your company have input to the regulatory process to assure
that your specific concerns are heard so that your interests are
advanced and not cast to the side? One must ask themselves the
question, “Do we have the expertise to challenge regulatory provisions
that work against our interests.”
deliver any and all of the Services enumerated above, the Team develops
an Interactive Work Plan that maps, for all players, our unique
thinking and approach to Integrated Resource Planning. We refer to this
computerized Work Plan as the “What, When and Who” Schedule. It allows
all players who are responsible for the outcomes of the study to
anticipate when their input and responses are required to keep the
Study on schedule. We develop realistic assumptions for issues such as
alternative fuel sources (natural gas, coal, nuclear, biofuels and
other renewables); generation portfolios that include build or buy;
utilization of customer based resources (from a few kW’s to hundreds of
MW’s); transmission capabilities, alternatives and upgrades;
distribution system and upgrades, customer demand side management
programs and energy efficiency programs. All of these issues reflect
your company’s unique positioning within the energy market.
your risk profile is potentially of concern to you, HGH can provide the
expertise to quantify that risk and develop valuable risk mitigation
strategies for your business.