clients of MTA include:
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,
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
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
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
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.
Protection Council and California State Water Resources Control Board
for the preparation of the study “Electric
Impacts from Regulation of Once-Through Cooling in California”;
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
Energy Commission by Sunlaw Energy for authority to construct and
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
eastern edge of the city limits on a 13.5-acre site next to the 710
Freeway. Conducted visual resources analysis, of the innovative project
and planned lighting display as to whether its would constitute a
to drivers on the 710 Freeway; also analyzed environmental justice
conducted an evaluation of the plant engineering design and the eight
transmission options for interconnecting the project at a nearby
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
the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads, and the
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
access in Reno, Wichita, and the greater Cleveland metropolitan
area; conducting outreach efforts with Native American Tribes and the
public in the Reno area, especially concerning potential impact on
fisheries; and analysis of Environmental Justice issues as related to
traffic in low-income areas.
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.