John Dalton is a senior electricity market analyst and electricity policy consultant with over 25 years of experience in energy market analysis, power procurement, project valuation, and policy analysis and development. He offers extensive experience in the evaluation and analysis of electricity markets and the competitive position of generation technologies and projects within these markets including the assessment of the competitiveness of the underlying market, the development of power market price forecasts, the implementation of power procurement processes, and the development and evaluation of renewable energy policies. John has used market price forecasting tools to evaluate generation and transmission system investments in markets across North America. He has defended these forecasts in formal regulatory proceedings and before lenders and investors. John also has extensive experience with respect to the application of competitive procurement processes for transmission investments, advising clients on the development and participation in such processes. He has testified on electricity market price forecasts, wholesale market competitiveness issues, transmission pricing issues, power contracting policies and electric utility resource planning issues. He has a B.A. in Economics from Brown University and an M.B.A from Boston University.
Jason Chee-Aloy is a senior energy professional with over 20 years of experience in regulated and competitive energy markets. Jason is based in the Toronto office and is presently acting for multiple Canadian and non-Canadian clients with business and policy interests across Canada and the United States, within the areas of generation development and investment opportunities, transmission development, energy storage development, market assessment and intelligence, business strategy, wholesale electricity market design, energy policy development, contract negotiations, and regulatory and litigation support. Prior to joining Power Advisory LLC, Jason was the Director of Generation Procurement at the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) from August 2005 to August 2010. Prior to joining the OPA, Jason worked for Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) from November 1999 to July 2005 where he was closely involved with restructuring Ontario’s wholesale electricity market through development and implementation of market design and IESO market surveillance initiatives. Jason has also worked as an Energy Economist, in the public and private sectors, analyzing competitive electricity and natural gas markets, and holds an M.A. in Economics and graduated from York University and the University of Toronto.
Kris Aksomitis joined Power Advisory LLC’s newly opened Calgary office as a Director in April 2016. He has over 15 years of experience, and his expertise includes electricity price forecasting, market policy development, carbon policy, and electricity market rule development. Prior to joining Power Advisory, Kris was the Manager of Market Analysis at TransAlta where he developed long term market forecasts for a range of jurisdictions, provided due diligence for potential asset acquisitions, supported commercial and regulatory analysis, and provided in depth analysis on the impact of Alberta carbon policy to TransAlta’s fleet.
Prior to TransAlta, Kris was Program Manager in the Market Design group at the AESO. His work included developing wind integration proposals for the Alberta market, altering the structure of the operating reserve market, developing demand response services and examining the market price cap for potential changes. During his time at the AESO he conducted stakeholder consultations, developed demand response products, created ISO market rules, worked with system controllers to implement new rules and was a key resource interfacing between internal and external groups. Prior to the AESO, Kris worked at the Alberta Utilities Commission in the Markets group as a Senior Analyst.
Travis is a Professional Engineer with over 10 years of experience in the regulated and commercial electricity sectors. He offers relevant experience in transmission and distribution power system planning, generation procurement strategy, policy development and power purchase agreement negotiations. Travis provides clients with a unique expertise in the integration between generation development and transmission/distribution planning by providing advice on project risk assessment and strategic investment.
Travis is an expert in competitive energy procurement having worked on various procurement initiatives as the independent administrator including Nova Scotia wind RFP in 2012 and Emera’s Atlantic Link Notice of Solicitation for renewables in 2017. Travis offers clients participating in competitive energy procurements through competition strategy, competitor analysis along with offering detailed knowledge of generation curtailment risk, regional transmission constraints and power system operational restrictions for all electricity market participants.
Prior to Power Advisory, Travis worked as a Senior Business Analyst as the lead on the ongoing evolution of the Feed-In Tariff program for the OPA. Travis worked as a Transmission Planner at the OPA where he was a lead for connection assessment development as part of the Feed-In Tariff program, reviewing both transmission and distribution impacts. He was also involved in developing regional integrated system plans with ten to twenty year planning horizons along with assessing bulk system requirements. He was the lead on a study on Distributed Generation impacts in urban centers to understand the barriers and benefits of large scale integration. Previous to his work at the OPA, Travis was a Distribution Engineer at Hydro Ottawa where he was responsible for capital planning, asset management, reliability analysis, regulatory filing support and project management.
Travis has served on the board of the Queen’s University Engineering Society Services Inc. (QUESSI – the Campus Bookstore) and was a University Councillor for Queen’s University. Travis has an MSc in Electrical Engineering and a BSc in Electrical Engineering, both from Queen’s University.
Alison is an energy sector professional with over 10 years of experience. Her expertise includes electricity market operations, policy development, resource planning, carbon policy and emissions costing. She has a strong knowledge of electricity generation contracts and market rules.
Alison joined Power Advisory following her role as a Senior Power System Planner at the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), where she developed integrated plans, recommendations and advice for the Ontario electricity sector. During her time at OPA she conducted market analysis, contract analysis, and financial analysis and was a key resource in the contract amendment negotiations associated with integrating renewable generation into the real-time scheduling and dispatch process within the IESO-Administered Markets. While at OPA she also led the development of technical materials to support Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan. As part of her tenure at the OPA she was seconded to the Independent Electricity System Operator for one year where she was responsible for complex technical analysis, strategy formulation, and achieving stakeholder buy-in for market development initiatives and Ontario electricity market rules.
Prior to joining the OPA, Alison worked as a consultant for Golder Associates Limited where she managed a diverse portfolio of projects and performed technical analysis to support the compliance of clients’ facilities with environmental regulations. In this role she liaised with public and industry stakeholders, and acted as a liaison on behalf of clients with the Ontario Ministry of Environment and other regulatory bodies on the applicability and interpretation of environmental guidelines and policies. She also advised and represented the interests of multiple gas-fired generator clients towards developing their generation projects, which included evaluating proposed plant layouts, preparing facility emission inventories, completing air dispersion modeling, and preparing environmental permit applications.
Alison has a BESc in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario.
Sarah has more than 9 years of professional experience in the electricity sector and has worked with large-scale and distributed generators, electricity distributors and transmitters, industrial load customers, and emerging technology providers.
Sarah is well-known for her work at the Ontario Power Authority as a core member of the team that developed and launched of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program in 2009. She contributed to the development the rules, contract and application processes that governed the FIT program, and she lead the development of the microFIT program. In addition, she supported consultation efforts working directly with regulators, utilities and other stakeholders on the integration of the FIT and microFIT programs in Ontario’s electricity system.
Prior to joining Power Advisory, Sarah was a member of the Energy and Environment Practice at Sussex Strategy Group. In this role, she provided expert advice on matters related to government policy, power system planning, impacts of carbon pricing policy, emerging trends in the electricity sector, permitting and approvals, procurement of resources and contract negotiations. Sarah was also Government Affairs Manager for SunEdison Canada helping to navigate the policy, planning and procurement of solar generation across the country. While at SunEdison Canada, she was responsible for regulatory affairs, government relations, market protection and market expansion.
Wesley is an economist and financial analyst with 25 years of consulting experience in the electricity sector, specializing in developing complex models. His work has included electricity system planning, price forecasting, market assessment, corporate financial analysis, and project financial analysis of solar, wind, hydro, biomass, tidal, gas, cogeneration, and transmission projects. His analysis has been the basis for plant sales, purchase offers and refinancing.
Wesley’s recent work has included advising the Government of Nova Scotia on the most cost-effective way to meet its ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals; developing electricity price forecasts for Ontario, PJM, ISO New England and ERCOT; modelling gas plant dispatch, including detailed modelling of gas plant operations and of market rules; and identifying hydro investment opportunities across Canada on behalf of a large investment fund. He has in-depth knowledge of the solar industry, having acted as CFO of solar development companies in Ontario and the Caribbean. He advised the Ontario Power Authority on its Integrated Power System Plan, addressing issues in both load forecasting and supply costs, and for several years he was responsible for developing, on behalf of the Ontario Energy Board, the Regulated Price Plan prices paid by residential and small commercial customers. He has advised the Ontario Energy Board and the Ministry of Energy on electricity market policy changes, and has helped the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation in managing the Non-Utility Generator contracts.
Wesley holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in Mathematics from Carleton College.
Carson is an electricity market analyst and policy consultant with a focus on energy resource procurement, market design, renewable generation development and regulatory compliance. His work has included reviews of transmission and generation investments, regional emissions modeling, evaluation of competitive power solicitations, economic impact studies, market registration and financial and sustainability assessments of companies. Carson is experienced in electricity sector regulations, structures and conditions, as well as climate policies, across North America. He has advised clients on matters in the major organized markets (AESO, CAISO, IESO, ISO-NE, MISO, NYISO, PJM), each Canadian province and various other jurisdictions. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Policy and an M.A. in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University.
Christine joined Power Advisory in 2017 after working for the Alberta Utilities Commission in the distribution rates department, where she was involved in all aspects of the regulatory process. Some of the highlights of Christine’s time at the AUC include analyzing the financial performance of utilities during the first generation of Performance Based Regulation to help assess the effectiveness of the PBR plans, taking responsibility for the capital aspect of the second generation of PBR that resulted in the innovative K-bar mechanism, being highly involved in the policy evaluation of the capacity market transition working with other government agencies, and building a cost allocation and rate design model to assess the bill impacts of the capacity market implementation.
Prior to the AUC, Christine worked for the Alberta Electric System Operator in the competitive process department, where she was involved in designing a competitive procurement process and using that process to bid out the Fort McMurray West transmission project. A similar process is currently being used for the Renewable Electricity Program to help reach the government’s target of 30% renewable energy by 2030.
Christine holds an M.A. in Economics and graduated from the University of Calgary. Her capstone project for graduate school studied the effect of wind generation on pool price in Alberta’s electricity market.
Margaret Blagbrough is a researcher and analyst specializing in renewable energy. She has completed reviews of regional electricity market activities and energy regulations across North America. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Northeastern University.