About

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About

Newport Consulting Group, LLC was formed in 2012 to provide management consulting services to technology, energy and venture executives worldwide regarding business strategy, market development and technology and program management. The firm is led by Paul De Martini, Managing Partner, who leverages a network of leading independent consulting experts and alliances with prominent engineering, economics, and policy consulting firms. The combination continues to provide clients with a broad range and depth of services to ensure successful engagements.

Since 2012, Newport Consulting has worked with over 25 North American utilities and technology firms to explore new business models, develop grid modernization strategies, regulatory filings and technology management plans. Newport has also worked closely with the US DOE and national laboratories in the US and Australia as well as independent research organizations to conduct applied research related to transformation of the electric distribution system. 

Newport Consulting was originally based in Newport Beach, California and moved in 2014 to the San Francisco Bay Area to engage and leverage the confluence of innovation in technology, energy policy and customer-centric business models that intersect here for the benefit of our clients.

 
 

Consultants

 

Managing Partner

Paul De Martini

Paul De Martini provides advisory services regarding the integration of distributed energy resources, market designs and related business models.  In addition to supporting several utilities’ business models, TSDSO development and grid modernization strategies, Paul is co-lead of the DOE’s DSPx Modern Grid initiative. He also played an enabling role in stakeholder engagement regarding grid modernization and evolution of grid planning in California, Hawaii and New York. 

Paul is a visiting scholar at Caltech and adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco. He is also an advisor to several cleantech start-ups.  He was previously chief technology & strategy officer for Cisco’s global Energy Internet of Things business unit and vice president, Advanced Technology at Southern California Edison where he led their grid modernization, distributed energy resource, smart meter and transportation electrification efforts. Paul earlier led North American sales and marketing for one of the largest competitive integrated energy services firms. He began his career at PG&E in electric system operations, T&D engineering and construction, and power marketing.  

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Education

WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MBA

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
B.S., APPLIED ECONOMICS

Activities & Affiliations

• California Institute of Technology, Visiting Scholar
• National Academies Cmte. on T&D Reliability, Member
• Gridwise Architecture Council, Member

 

 

Associates

Chris Knudsen 

Chris’ is an industry leader on operational communications leveraging deep industry experience at Silver Springs Networks, PG&E and Intel spanning technology product development, deep telecommunications, venture, and industry standard. This experience gives him a unique set of skills and knowledge that can be applied to help companies ranging from new start-ups to those looking to scale post IPO. Provides consulting services for technology and product development executives in requirements, design, and planning for utility field area networks for distribution automation and DER integrations.

Lorenzo Kristov

Lorenzo recently retired as Principal, Market and Infrastructure Policy at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), where he was a lead designer of the locational marginal pricing (LMP) market system the CAISO implemented in 2009. He later led initiatives to redesign the transmission planning and new generator interconnection processes to accommodate rapid growth of renewable energy projects triggered by California’s renewable portfolio standards. Since then he has focused on integrating distributed energy resources (DER) into markets, grid operations and planning. He has written articles and given presentations on the electric industry transition, distribution system operator (DSO) models, transmission-distribution interface coordination and electric system decentralization. Lorenzo was a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia and holds a B.S. in mathematics from Manhattan College, an M.S. in statistics from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Davis.

Eric Ackerman

Eric brings an extensive knowledge and insights of the electric utility industry as the former chief strategist at EEI for retail energy delivery, providing national leadership on issues involving adaptive business strategy, alternative regulation, and cost of capital.  He is an expert on business and regulatory policy issues associated with grid modernization, the growth of distributed energy at scale, and the changing role of utilities in the market. Eric has focused on key issues related to the development of distributed energy resources at scale.  This includes rate reform, new market rules, regulatory models that allow increased pricing flexibility, new resource planning and approval procedures that mitigate regulatory risk associated with grid modernization investments, next-generation performance based regulatory incentives.

Jacquie Moss

Jacquie has extensive experience leading technology-based projects, currently focusing on advancing the implementation of new technologies that will transform the energy grid. She has demonstrated success as a business owner, user interface designer, and organizational leader. Previously, Jacquie owned a digital agency in San Francisco where she led a range of projects types, including large institutional websites, content publishing platforms, brand strategy, space design and construction, and organizational change. She holds a MS, Environmental Management from University of San Francisco and BS, Architecture, from University of Texas at Austin.

Dale Murdock

Dale brings extensive industry experience as an independent consultant and former senior officer with PG&E to clients on a wide range of energy industry engagements including distributed business models and grid modernization. He is also an expert on energy trading risk management policies and procedures, risk management and system audits and assessments. Dale also supports energy (electric and gas) procurement proposals, providing guidance on deal structures, pricing and risk exposures. He also brings extensive utility rate case development, including drafting testimony, developing underlying analytics and responding to data requests.

Andrew De Martini                                                                       

Andrew has extensive experience providing a variety of editorial, research and support duties to facilitate client project deliverables and publication of white papers. He has supported development of Caltech's Grid 2020 report, More Than Smart report, several EEI papers as well as DOE and CSIRO reports. Andrew attended Boston University.