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.

Team

Ken Nichols
Principal

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, consumer/technology price behavior, solar, and storage. He has advised utilities on economic analysis and business case development in customer programs and distribution system planning. 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 both electric and gas utilities He began his energy career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and works with government agencies, utilities, vendors, and renewable energy developers.

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

Education

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.

Documents
April 2015 – WIEB: Distribution Planning and Distributed Energy Resources Report VIEW
2014 Nichols – CA Water/Ag AutoDR program summary VIEW
2016 NEEA Communicating Thermostat Technology and Market Research VIEW
2013 – Energy Storage: When and Where? Presentation at Future Energy Conference VIEW
Interconnection barriers to distributed PV in the West VIEW
2015 ICF DER Report 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.

Education

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

Certificate in Energy Resource Management from UC Davis.

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

Partners

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
  • 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
  • PLS-CADD
  • LiDAR
  • Mathcad
  • Etap, CymDist RAM, Synergi, PowerWorld
Education

B.S. Electrical Engineering
University of Washington, 2002

Documents
Ben Fitch-Fleischmann
Economist

Dr. Fitch-Fleischmann has ten years of experience analyzing and designing public policy to promote economic development and the responsible management of natural resources and the environment. He has conducted a variety of economic and regulatory analyses, including evaluations of price and energy demand forecasts, monitored and evaluated competitive resource procurements for regulatory commissions, led stakeholder processes to evaluate the fairness of competitive bidding processes, and provided expert witness testimony on a variety of topics pertaining to regulated utilities. He has provided consulting services to a wide range of institutions and state and federal agencies, including Northwest Natural Gas, National Grid, the Oregon Public Utility Commission, Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities, Northwest and Intermountain Power Producers Coalition, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, and US Department of Labor, as well as the Office of the Texas Governor and the Sierra Club. Dr. Fitch-Fleischmann has also taught university courses on economic theory and analysis, statistics and econometrics, and behavioral and environmental economics.

Education

PhD, Economics, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
MA, Economics, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
BA, Economics and Government, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California

Documents
2018 Fitch-Fleischmann testimony regarding PGE’s Storage Proposal VIEW
Mike Beanland
Electrical Engineer

Mike is experienced in engineering related to the design, analysis, and construction of power substation components and systems, as well as the planning, design, and analysis of electric power distribution systems. He has a special interest and forte in assisting photovoltaic power system developers through the interconnection process, being able to use his utility experience to provide the interpretation of utility company requirements into language developers can comprehend. Mike is the Electrical Engineer of Record for many small and large photovoltaic power projects in CA, OR and WA.

  • Low-voltage and medium-voltage design for the connection of photovoltaic power projects in net metering and independent power production applications
  • Acted as 3rd-party reviewer for large (100MW+) photovoltaic power plant projects providing comprehensive design review
  • On-site construction inspection for large-scale photovoltaic power plant including substation, underground collection and inverters
  • Owner’s engineer during the interconnection application and study process for photovoltaic power plants connected to medium- and high-voltage grids
  • Collection and substation design for wind projects from single-generator to large-scale

Mike lives in Vancouver, Washington, where he lives with his wife, the owner of a specialty software company, and where his five children and three grandchildren live nearby. Mike is also owned by a largish Bengal cat.

Education

Master of Engineering, Electrical Power Engineering, California Polytechnic State University (1976)
Bachelor of Science, Electronic Engineering, California Polytechnic State University (1975)

Documents
2012 Effective Grounding of Photovoltaic Inverters VIEW
Community Solar Platform
Community Solar Platform, LLC (a Clean Energy Collective spinoff)

Put your community solar project on the “Map”    https://www.communitysolarhub.com/

Software for EQL’s Administration of utility community solar programs.  http://www.communitysolarplatform.com/

Education
Documents