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 Director, 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 Director

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 and grid modernization strategies, Paul also supports related efforts with the Edison Electric Institute. He also played an enabling role in stakeholder engagement in California, Hawaii and New York. 

Paul is also an advisory board member to Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital and 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

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’ deep industry experience at Silver Springs Networks, PG&E and Intel spanning technology product development, deep telecommunications, venture, and industry standards 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.

Leo von Prellwitz

Leo is an accomplished entrepreneurial executive and thought leader on the use of emerging technologies to disrupt existing business models and create new successful strategies. His consulting work has supported several utility future business model analysis. These efforts have benefited from Leo's prior experience developing global business plans and partnering strategies at Cisco Systems as well as a client advisory service on technology strategy, economics and regulatory issues for the power and utilities industry. He is also a global thought leaders on topics regarding utility business architectures and risk management. In 2012, Leo was named as youngest professional to list of Smart Grid Industry Pioneers by leading industry publication (Smart Grid Today). 

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.

Barry "Chip" Wood

Chip brings experienced senior leadership insights from building customer facing services companies and related technology strategies for Duke Energy's competitive businesses and utilities.  He helps clients leverage deep understanding of customers and energy industry, identifying and capturing market opportunities to drive earnings growth. His advisory work with early stage technology firms includes strategy and go-to-market planning as well as business development. Chip provides extensive experience negotiating strategic alliances, venture investments and joint ventures.

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.