EQL Energy plans, designs and implements customer programs that achieve customer and utility objectives. As DERs (distributed generation, efficiency, demand response, storage) become increasingly commonplace, we need to make sure we optimize the value of these resources and ensure that customer and utility investments are both prudent and necessary.

About EQL Energy

EQL believes that the time has come for the distribution and customer side of the grid to play a larger role in providing flexibility, reliability, resiliency, renewable energy and lowering the cost to customers. EQL believes that the technologies and services for managing energy and distributed resources are only getting faster, more efficient, and less expensive, and that these technologies will contribute to least cost utility planning, rate design, and operation. We've helped our clients to plan for and deploy hundreds of millions of dollars of technology and programs that are assisting run our electrical grid safer, more reliable, and less costly.

Our clients benefit from a deep understanding of the utility business perspective, regulatory process, and system operations. We have worked in most facets of the electricity and natural gas value chain: supply, wholesale trading and contracting, transportation, and demand side management. This perspective helps us plan and evaluate end-use and demand solutions that make economic and operational sense.


Ken Nichols

Mr. Nichols began EQL Energy to assist governments, utilities and vendors find ways to work together to develop products and services that benefit both the customer and utility. He has influenced rates and program design in utility operations and product development in vendor products and services. Most of the work is related to distributed energy resources, e.g., DSM, demand response, and storage. He has advised utilities on economic analysis and business case development in all areas of utility operations. He has developed and ran commercial and pilot demand response and energy efficiency programs, traded wholesale power and natural gas, consulted on the commercialization of energy storage and energy controls technology, and has worked for investor owned utilities He began his energy career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and has consulted to utilities, policymakers, and stakeholders on integrated resource plans, utility regulation,DSM, DR, risk management, and transmission economics.

Ken is an avid bike commuter and member of the Timbers Army.


B.A. degrees in Physics and Computer Science from Willamette University in Salem, Or.

M.S. degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

2016 NEEA Communicating Thermostat Technology and Market Research VIEW
April 2015 – WIEB: Distribution Planning and Distributed Energy Resources Report VIEW
2013 – Energy Storage: When and Where? Presentation at Future Energy Conference VIEW
2012 – PLMA Presentation: End-Use Energy Storage & Renewable Integration VIEW
Bill Henry
Sr. Associate

Mr. Henry is an electric utility and demand side analyst focusing on integrated resource planning and incorporating smart grid and demand side management into planning process. He builds and runs models to capture the value of DER and smart grid technology to customers, utility, and system operator. He has done this analysis for regions as large as the WECC, public utilities, campus at University of British Columbia, farms in the Central Valley of California. He has run a demand response program of approximately 26MW targeting agricultural and irrigation districts in California. He is involved in western energy policy and a contributor to the news site ElectricityPolicy.com.

Bill brews beer with his homegrown hops.


Bill holds a BS in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University

Certificate in Energy Resource Management from UC Davis.

2012 – SCE Water Conference Presentation for PureSense VIEW
April 2015 – WIEB: Distribution Planning and Distributed Energy Resources Report VIEW


Aharown Luke P.E.
Distribution Engineer

Professional Project Engineer possessing experience in transmission and distribution system planning and power delivery through 500 kV. Core competencies encompass:

  • Engineering Management
  • OE and EPC Services
  • Standard Adherence
  • System Modeling
  • OH & UG Engineering
  • Solar & Wind Energy Interconnection
  • Permitting
  • Quality Assurance

Specific hands-on technology experience includes the application of the following apparatus:

  • Smartgrid Volt-Var, FLISR, Sectionalizing, Reliability, Protection Coordination, Time Series, Analytic Development of AMI/Outage Data
  • Line Rating Analysis
  • LiDAR
  • Mathcad
  • Etap, CymDist RAM, Synergi, PowerWorld

Strengths extend to all aspects of power transmission and distribution system operation and detailed design through 500 kV and many unique T&D applications.


B.S. Electrical Engineering
University of Washington, 2002