Dr. Richard Silkman is a Ph.D. economist and a nationally recognized expert in the regulation of public utilities, the development of competitive energy markets and the development, licensing and operation of power plants, including hydroelectric generating stations. He is a Co-Managing Partner of CES and has extensive experience in a wide range of settings, including education, government, consulting, and the private sector. He has served as an expert witness before the FERC and a number of state public utilities regulatory commissions, as well as advised state legislatures on matters related to electric utility regulation and deregulation. In 1986, Dr. Silkman served as the chief policy advisor to the Governor of Maine on matters related to economic policy, energy, hydropower and river management policy, telecommunications regulation, state tax policy, health care regulation and cost-containment, and land-use and natural resources policy. Dr. Silkman has also developed a 4.5 MW wind project (Beaver Ridge Wind) and co-developed (along with Mr. Isaacson) the Kennebec Valley Gas Company to bring natural gas to industrial, institutional, commercial, and residential customers in central Maine. Dr. Silkman is also a founding partner in GridSolar, a smart grid company that addresses grid reliability through nontransmission alternatives and distributed generation.
Andrew Price has been with CES since March 2001, holding Energy Analyst, Senior Energy Analyst, and Sr. Vice President positions. Andrew is involved with all aspects of the company. He is also responsible for many of CES’s green initiatives including demand response programs, economic analysis of energy efficiency, on-site renewable generation projects, and greenhouse gas benchmarking and monitoring. Andrew has additional experience with the following: modeling revenue and cost streams for combined heat and power and renewable generation systems; advising commercial and industrial customers on electricity, natural gas, propane, oil, biomass and renewable energy procurement options; and, assisting end users in negotiations with utilities to obtain more favorable transmission and distribution rates. Andrew is also a partner and founding member of Beaver Ridge Wind LLC, the company that developed, owns and operates a 3 turbine 4.5 MW wind power project in the town of Freedom, Maine.
Mark Isaacson is a founding partner in CES, formed in 1999. Mark began his career in the electric industry in 1980 by becoming a partner in two hydroelectric facilities in Maine – the Edwards Dam and the Worumbo Dam. Mark is also a founding Partner in Maine Renewable Energy, a retail electric supplier of 100% renewable electricity to the residential and small commercial market in Maine. He has extensive expertise in marketing as well as in the development of mathematical models. He holds a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Production from the University of Chicago.
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