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Past projects and clients of MTA include:

California Energy Commission, managed the technical and environmental review of power plant license and amendment applications, as well as production of several large studies prepared for the Commission’s Integrated Energy Policy Report; 2000-2006 and 2008-2010. Studies included the Aging Power Plant Report, the Energy-Water Relationship Study, and the Coastal Power Plant Study. Power plant permitting projects included several large combined-cycle natural gas-fueled power plants, conversion of two simple-cycle peaker plants in Kings County to combined-cycle operations, and the complete redesign and re-engineering of a permitted geothermal power plant near the Salton Sea. This work included arranging and facilitating dozens of workshops and meetings held with industry representatives, Commissioners and Commission staff, other agency personnel, non-governmental organizations, and the general public.

US Agency for International Development, co-managed the production of an electronic “toolkit” of presentations and references into subject-specific modules to be used as educational tools by USAID personnel involved in development of grid-connected renewable power projects and related policy in developing nations around the world; 2008-2010. Supervised the production of the geothermal module, produced the biomass module, and wrote major portions of the overview module pertaining to engineering and transmission issues. The work involved extensive research of renewable energy projects, policies and problems worldwide.

California Ocean Protection Council and California State Water Resources Control Board for the preparation of the study “Electric Grid Reliability Impacts from Regulation of Once-Through Cooling in California”; 2007-2008. The Board commissioned the study to investigate claims of grid reliability impacts related to its proposed policy regarding use of seawater and estuarine water for power plants using once-through cooling (OTC) technology, as well as the potential environmental effect of the policy. The process involved forming a working group with participation by the clients and the state’s energy agencies, conducting a computer modeling effort to simulate the effects on the environment and on grid reliability from a wide range of OTC plant retirements, and writing and revising the study based on client and working group input. 

California Public Utility Commission, managed the environmental review for the divestiture of more than 35 power plants and associated assets by San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Edison Company; 1997-2000. Managed all public process, conducted technical analysis and wrote several sections of the California Environmental Quality Act compliance documents for all divestiture applications, including analysis of project alternatives, findings of significance, utility and services, and energy and natural resources sections. Also conducted analysis of market power issues involved in selling utility-owned power plants to non-utility companies. Arranged and facilitated more than 60 public meetings, conferences and workshops with government officials, community leaders and industry stakeholders involved in the divestiture.

Napa County Conservation, Development and Planning Department; 2000. Managed the production of the Environmental Impact Report on the application by Beringer Wine Estates to develop a 25 million square feet winery and associated vineyard on a 210-acre site near the Napa County Airport. This facility is the largest winery in Napa County, and one of the five largest in the country. Working closely with the County Planning Department and the County Counsel’s office, this EIR was produced on a fast track and was completed in less than half the time normally allotted for similar projects. 

National Park Service, provided technical analysis for the Comprehensive Management Plan and accompanying Environmental Impact Statement for the Merced River through Yosemite National Park following designation of the waterway as a Wild and Scenic River; 2000. Conducted analyses of effects on visual/scenic resources, land use, and public services (Park Operations) resulting from implementing several alternatives for the Management Plan, as required by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Park Organic Act. Issues included balancing the preservation of traditional viewing places along the river of the granite features in the Yosemite Valley with the need to preserve the wild state of the river and its banks. Produced all graphics for the report, including detailed photographic documentation of river and bank conditions, and the scenic viewshed. One photo was chosen by NPS staff to be commissioned as a fine art drawing for use on the cover of the document.

City of South Gate, conducted evaluation of the Application for Certification submitted to the California Energy Commission by Sunlaw Energy for authority to construct and operate the planned Nueva Azalea Power Plant Project in the City of South Gate; 2000.  The Nueva Azalea plant would have been a 550 MW natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant located at the eastern edge of the city limits on a 13.5-acre site next to the 710 Interstate Freeway. Conducted visual resources analysis, of the innovative project design and planned lighting display as to whether its would constitute a safety hazard to drivers on the 710 Freeway; also analyzed environmental justice issues and conducted an evaluation of the plant engineering design and the eight transmission options for interconnecting the project at a nearby Southern California Edison substation.

Bay Area Water Users Association (BAWUA) outreach specialist/technical analyst for the Water Supply Master Plan (WSMP); 1998-1999. Coordinated the planning process for the 31-agency BAWUA in its first attempt in 25 years to craft a new comprehensive WSMP for the management of water resources from the City and County of San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Water and Power system. Conducted analysis of water supply alternatives, new facility proposals, and conservation methods, and helped facilitate WSMP committee meetings.

Section of Environmental Analysis of the US Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board, project management and technical analysis for the environmental reviews under NEPA of several railroad mergers and acquisition applications, including the merger of the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads, and the acquisition of Conrail by Norfolk Southern and CSX Corporation; 1997-1998. Major work included: analysis of impact from increased rail traffic on surface street traffic patterns and emergency vehicle access in Reno, Wichita, and the greater Cleveland metropolitan area; conducting outreach efforts with Native American Tribes and the general public in the Reno area, especially concerning potential impact on local fisheries; and analysis of Environmental Justice issues as related to rail traffic in low-income areas.

California Public Utilities Commission, conducted environmental and safety analysis, and managing production of the Environmental Impact Report for the CPUC’s CEQA review of the application by Western Hub Services to develop for the Lodi Gas Storage Project near Lodi and a related 31-mile pipeline to connect the facility to PG&E’s pipeline system; 1997. Major issues include wetlands and stream impacts for seven major waterway crossings, and public safety concerns. Management of the public process was especially challenging, with more than 350 people attending the public meetings arranged for this controversial project.

Kansai Electric; 1995-1996. Produced a series of major reports for Japan’s largest electric utility on the practices of US electric utilities in the management of preventative and corrective maintenance programs at gas-fired, coal-fired, nuclear, biomass, wind and geothermal power plants. Kansai was seeking to diversify its generation base as a means of increasing system reliability and reducing its reliance on a single power plant technology (nuclear) to produce power in the greater Tokyo Bay area. Produced six major reports, each greater than 300 pages, and dozens of follow-up reports providing cost/benefit analysis of power plant upgrades or replacements.
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