Manitoba Hydro Needs For and Alternatives To (NFAT) Review of Manitoba Hydro's Preferred Development Plan
Independent Expert Consultants
Elenchus Research Associates Inc.
For over three decades Elenchus has been building its reputation as the
leading Canadian consulting firm specializing in economic regulation. For the
past 15 years the firm has been steadily repatriating work to Canada by
providing one-stop shopping on regulatory issues for electricity and natural gas
utilities across Canada. By specializing in the Canadian regulatory environment,
Elenchus has leveraged its strength in tailoring international best practices to
the uniquely Canadian regulatory environment. In the process the Elenchus team
has grown to include over 20 consultants, most of whom have come to Elenchus
with decades of experience with regulators and/or major regulated utilities. The
expertise of the team includes cost allocation, rate design, load forecasting,
econometrics, systems modelling, capital plans, DSM, integrated resource
planning, general operating issues, finance and accounting, facilitation,
application preparation, witness training, stakeholder relations and
Elenchus is providing independent expertise on Load Forecasting and Demand
Side Management and Energy Efficiency.
Knight Piésold is an employee-owned company, comprised of consulting
engineers, scientists, and technicians, who provide engineering and
environmental services. Founded in South Africa in 1921, Knight Piésold employs
more than 850 staff in 30 offices located in 15 countries. Although each of
these offices is integrated with Knight Piésold's global network, the company is
committed to having a local presence. As such, each office is set up as a local
operating company that is run by local management, providing local employment
and training. Knight Piésold has two Canadian offices with a combined staff of
over 200, one in Vancouver and the other in North Bay, Ontario. The consultants
hired to work on this engaged are based out of the Vancouver office.
Knight Piésold provides engineering and environmental services to the power,
water resources, transportation, and construction sectors, among others. Knight
Piésold has vast experience with hydropower projects. Their accumulated
experience covers a wide variety of designs, including installed capacities from
750 kW to 3,000 MW; surface and underground powerhouses; reservoirs; pumped
storage; and run-of-river projects; and heads from 3 m to over 750 m.
Knight Piésold is providing independent expertise on Construction Management
and Capital Costs.
La Capra Associates is an employee-owned consulting firm which has
specialized in the electric and natural gas industries for over 30 years. La
Capra Associates is a full-service, independent energy consulting firm focused
on helping its clients make sound policy, planning, investment, pricing, and
procurement decisions. La Capra Associates' expertise includes power resources
planning, market policy and analysis (wholesale, retail, and renewable), power
procurement, economic/financial analysis of energy assets and contracts, and
regulatory policy. The La Capra Associates' 20-person team serves clients across
the US and Canada from its three New England offices located in Boston,
Massachusetts, Portland, Maine and Williston, Vermont.
La Capra Associates has also engaged the services of EnerNex (www.enernex.com
to provide support for its work on alternative resource assessments. EnerNex is
a consulting services firm based in Knoxville, Kentucky providing power systems
analysis, control, integration and technologies expertise with experience in
wind energy systems and wind integration assessments.
La Capra is providing independent expertise on Power Resource Planning and
Economic Evaluation, Business Case and Risk Assessment, Transmission Economics,
Review of Manitoba Hydro's Export Contracts, Financial Modelling, and
Morrison Park Advisors
MPA Morrison Park Advisors Inc. is an independent, partner-owned, Canadian
investment bank. They provide a wide range of financial and strategic advisory
services to clients in the corporate, government and broader public sectors.
One of their areas of specialty is energy and infrastructure, and they have
assisted a wide variety of clients to pursue M&A and investment
opportunities in the sector, to consider strategic business alternatives, and to
independently examine and analyze the value of proposed transactions. Combined,
their partners have many decades of experience evaluating, structuring and
closing transactions that involve electricity assets.
In particular, MPA has significant experience providing expert advice to
public sector entities regarding the construction of large, multibillion dollar
electricity generation and transmission projects.
MPA is providing independent expertise in the Commercial Evaluation of
Manitoba Hydro's Preferred Development Plan.
MNP complements its consulting expertise with a deep knowledge of the issues
and drivers within the electricity sector in Canada. Our Energy and Utilities
practice focuses its effort within the electric utility environment and the
challenges presented by stringent regulation, evolving emissions standards,
aging infrastructure and escalating input costs.
MNP's Energy and Utilities practice and our experts qualified in Valuations
and Economic/Statistical Analysis are uniquely positioned to support the Board
with regulatory, operational, and market-based expertise in the energy sector.
The proposed MNP expert consultants, and key support staff collectively, have
focused the majority of their careers within the energy and utilities and
resource development sectors, and their specific regulatory experience is
supported by the team's strong operational experience in the utilities
environment. They have been employees of utilities, consultants to utilities and
regulators, and trusted professional services advisors to MNP clients.
The proposed expert consultants' current and recent clients include large
generators, transmission/ distribution utilities, agencies/regulators and
government clients at all levels. Examples include the Ontario Energy Board, the
Ontario Power Authority, the Independent Electric System Operator, the Alberta
Utilities Commission, the National Energy Board, BC Hydro, FortisBC, Pacific Gas
& 6 Electric, ENMAX, EPCOR, Capital Power, TransAlta, TransCanada, AltaLink,
SNC-Lavalin T&D, Kinder Morgan Canada, SaskPower, SaskEnergy, Duke Energy,
Enbridge Gas Distribution and numerous Ontario Local Distribution Companies.
MNP is providing the independent expertise on Macro Environmental Issues.
Potomac Economics is a leading provider of independent market monitoring,
expert analysis and advice, and litigation support services to the electricity
and natural gas industries. Potomac Economics has extensive experience in the
areas of wholesale electricity market design and operation, regulatory policy,
generation and transmission investment and procurement.
Potomac Economics currently serves as the Independent Market Monitor (IMM)
for ERCOT, Midwest ISO (MISO), New York ISO (NYISO), and ISO-New England. In
these capacities, Potomac Economics is responsible for evaluating the
competitive performance of the markets, identifying flaws in the market design
and potential improvements, and detecting attempts to exercise market power or
engage in market manipulation. Having monitored, evaluated, and analyzed the
MISO electricity markets since their inception, including Manitoba Hydro's
participation in the MISO market.
Potomac Economics is providing independent expertise for the MISO
POWER is a global employee-owned consulting engineering firm formed in 1976
with three employees. Today, the company employs more than 1,800 staff
nationwide and overseas. POWER's main headquarters are located in Hailey, Idaho
with more than 20 offices throughout the United States and Canada. For the past
four decades, POWER Engineers has focused on power delivery engineering, with
project ranging from distribution voltage levels of 4 kV+ through extra high
voltage lines and substations of 500 kV+. In addition, POWER has submitted
expert witness testimony for a variety of projects. POWER has significant
experience working in Canada, and is familiar with Manitoba Hydro's power
Power Engineers is providing independent expertise in Transmission Line
Construction and Management.
TyPlan provides strategies and solutions for clients dealing with complex
land use and resource management issues. TyPlan's approach is to balance an
organization's business objectives and a community's economic development and
sustainability goals. Their goal is to provide innovative solutions that create
value and promote sustainable development. Applied to client issues it has
resulted in innovative solutions that create value and promote sustainable
Typlan is providing independent expertise on the Socio Economic aspects of