Michael Alexander

Vice President

Market and Economic Potential Studies
Portfolio and Program Planning

Mr. Alexander is a Vice President of Nexant in Nexant’s Customer Strategy, Planning and Analysis practice. He has nearly 40 years of experience in the energy field, including designing, managing, delivering, or measuring demand-side customer programs at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. His areas of expertise include: utility load research and analytics; pricing strategy; energy efficiency and demand response market analysis; demand-side management program design and evaluation; electric industry restructuring; Smart Meter strategic and marketing planning; and market research.

In recent years, Mr. Alexander has worked extensively on issues associated with electricity pricing and advanced metering, including the design and evaluation of DSM programs. Mr. Alexander managed PG&E’s Customer Programs’ EM&V team, which includes DR, energy efficiency, self-generation, pricing, T&D/DSM integration, and electric transportation research. Prior to that, he led PG&E’s Customer Research Department, which encompassed Load and Market Research. Mr. Alexander has extensive experience leading the successful design, development and implementation of utility DSM programs. This includes PG&E’s current SmartAC™ direct load control program which boasts roughly 180,000 installations to date. He was also closely involved in the development and deployment of the residential customer behavior based Home Energy Reports offering. Much of the success of this program can be attributed to the integration of evaluation into program design and execution.

Mr. Alexander is recognized as a credible, seasoned expert and industry leader. He has testified in numerous proceedings before the CPUC, CEC, and the California Independent System Operator in support of utility rate design, DSM funding, research proposals, evaluation results, and energy forecasts. Until joining Nexant, Mr. Alexander was a member of the Demand Response Measurement and Evaluation Committee (DRMEC) overseeing DR impact and process evaluations of California’s Investor Owned Utilities. He also chaired the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies Load Research and Analytics Committee, a leading industry organization which has been an exemplary provider of high quality continuing education to utility industry load analysis practitioners. In 2014, Mr. Alexander was instrumental in building a coalition to form the California Technical Forum (Cal TF), a collaborative of independent experts to review and issue technical information related to California’s integrated demand side management portfolio.

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