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Lisa Frantzis

Managing Director

Utilities & Energy Companies

Burlington, MA, MA +1.617.230.1276

Areas of Expertise

Lisa Frantzis has been a Managing Director in the Energy practice since 2002, leading work in advanced energy technologies. Prior to Navigant, she consulted at Arthur D. Little for 23 years in energy efficiency and clean energy. Over her 40 years of consulting experience, she has determined renewable and clean energy integration options for utility companies; identified energy program options for international government agencies; developed business strategies for energy manufacturers; and conducted due diligence for financial firms considering clean energy investments.

Lisa is also a Senior Managing Director at Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national association of business leaders transforming policy to accelerate the growth of advanced energy and make our energy system more secure, clean, and affordable. At AEE, she leads the Utility Advisory Committee and CEO Forums that address business model reforms and regulatory changes needed to accelerate the transition to a 21st Century Electricity and Transporation System. These initiatives convene utility executives, Public Utility Commissioners, and advanced energy companies to develop a vision for reform that is responsive to the needs of each state and drives towards concrete action.

Relative Experience:

  • Sustainable Energy Plan for Haiti. Lisa led a project to develop an electricity assessment and action plan for sustainable energy development in Haiti. The work was sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank. The objective was to develop realistic targets and a roadmap for increasing currently-low levels of electricity access and consumption, while reducing heavy dependence on unsustainable fuels (primarily petroleum and biomass).
  • Assessment of the U.S. Clean Energy Market for Japanese Client. A Japanese client was interested in assessing the market opportunities for clean energy under the leadership of President Trump as well as forecasted over the next 20 – 25 years. She oversaw the screening of over 30 technologies. Using screening criteria that were developed with the client, she and the Navigant team narrowed the list to 14 technology options where more detailed value chain analysis was completed. For the top five technology options, she and team presented to the client detailed market assessments under various scenarios.
  • RI State Energy Plan Assistance. Lisa led a project to assist the Rhode Island Economic Development Council (EDC) in developing a state energy plan covering electric, thermal and transportation technologies. She worked closely with the client and a 20-team member Energy Advisory Council on devising several possible future energy scenarios for RI. Under each scenario, different energy resources were prioritized according to how well they met multiple directional objectives. Based on the work conducted, the client finalized their state energy plan.
  • Clean Energy Due Diligence Support. For the U.S. Department of Energy, Virgin Green Fund, MASDAR in the UAE, Morgan Stanley, Ex-Im Bank, Credit Suisse, and others, she has managed projects that conduct due diligence on clean energy technologies and companies. She helped assess key business plan and technology commercialization assumptions and comparative economics relative to other energy options and grid parity. She assessed the likely market share risk, potential mitigation strategies and identified possible financial risks of the investments. She assessed the competitive position of many of the companies being considered by reviewing some of their market differentiators and potential strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
  • Exelon Expert Testimony Support for Wind and Biomass. She led a team at Navigant to prepare an independent report on the cost and challenges of developing wind projects in Maryland in support of Exelon and Constellation in their merger application in front of the Maryland Public Service Commission. The work culminated in the preparation of a 40-page report and appendices, live testimony in front of the Maryland Public Service Commission, and support of cross-examination of the Maryland Energy Administration witnesses. The testimony was successful and the merger approved.
  • APS Renewable Energy Integration Assessment and Roadmap. For Arizona Public Service (APS), she managed a contract to conduct an assessment of APS’s renewable energy integration business processes. She helped conduct internal interviews within key divisions of APS to understand their current programs, processes, and policies and then conducted a review of literature on external renewable energy integration programs as well as benchmarked APS against seven other utility renewable energy integration activities including PG&E, PSEG, NextERA, Dominion, Tucson Electric Power, Portland General Electric, and Xcel. She then worked with her team to identify gaps within APS and provided recommendations for addressing those gaps through the development of a roadmap to help guide future planning

In New York, Lisa oversaw the filing of extensive comments in the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding. AEE efforts in New York have had noticeable impacts on several Public Service Commission Orders in this first-in-the-nation, comprehensive proceeding.

She was asked by the President of ConEd and four other NY utility companies to facilitate meetings with a small group of solar companies to identify possible Net Energy Metering (NEM) transition pathways. In April 2016, she/AEEI were successful and the Solar Progress Partnership comprised of Solar City, SunPower and SunEdison and New York’s utilities submitted a joint filing to the NY Public Service Commission, outlining their compromise solution that set the foundation for the current discussions for the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) proceeding. She continues to play a key role in the proceeding developing a successor tariff to NEM.

In New England, Lisa led a collaborative of utility companies, environmental groups, low-income advocates, large energy users, and advanced energy businesses to develop a white paper on a “Rate Design for a DER Future” for state regulators/policy makers in MA, RI, and CT.

In Pennsylvania, she led a CEO Forum and follow-on working group with AEE members on a “Performance Based Regulation” white paper that was presented to the Commission in March 2017. She and AEE members discussed ways the utility companies can be rewarded based on performance outputs vs. capital investments. The paper was submitted as part of a proceeding on alternative rate-making.

In Arizona, she helped to coordinate a corporate buyers group of Salesforce, Microsoft, Walmart, Intel, Amazon and others in discussions with the utility companies to facilitate the procurement of clean energy.

National Issues:

  • She led a group of automotive OEMs (e.g. GM, BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Electrify America), utility companies, and advanced energy companies to identify pathways and priorities to accelerate electric vehicle integration.
  • She leads the Utility Advisory Committee that is helping to refine AEE’s positions on important grid modernization topics such as rate design, access to data, distributed energy resources ownership, and performance-based regulation.

Education
B.A., New Energy Technologies, Wesleyan University
Membership and Activity Information
New England Women in Energy and Environment, Leadership Award, 2019
Leadership Award, Navigant, 2009
Management and Mentoring Award, Arthur D. Little, 2000
Board of Directors, Northeast Clean Energy Council, 2011- Present
Ambassador, U.S. Clean Energy, Education & Empowerment (C3E), a U.S. Department of Energy, MIT Energy Initiative, Stanford Energy, and Texas A&M Energy Institute collaboration, 2014 - Present
Board of Directors, Quassy Amusement Park, 1998 - Present
Board of Directors, President, La Donna Musicale, 1998 - Present
Board of Advisors, Center for Law, Brain and Behavior, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2014 - Present
Board of Directors, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), 2010-2014. Executive Leadership Council, 51st State, 2015 - 2018
Board of Advisors, Advanced Energy Economy, 2011 - 2012
Board of Directors, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), 2004 - 2008; Leadership Council, 2007 - 2009
Vice President, Solar Energy Business Association of New England, 2001 - 2004

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