Al Galiunas is a Director in Navigant’s Energy Practice supporting grid modernization efforts by solving complex IT/OT convergence problems and providing value-based approaches for integrating applications, devices, processes, and organizations between back-office and field-based operations. Al has over 20 years of global experience in the energy and utility industry, addressing challenges impacting IT organizations by solving complex technology enablement problems and providing value-based solutions within commercial operations, market operations, market settlements, and customer service functions.
Consulting skills include assessing the impacts of energy market structure changes on system operations and functional requirements; analyzing cost drivers and operational variations for power sector organizations; conducting maturity level assessments of processes and systems; defining leading IT processes, tools, and governance; and delivering major program implementations. Al has industry knowledge within the areas of wholesale and retail energy markets; transmission and distribution functions; customer management functions such as metering, data management, analytics, and CIS; and energy merchant functions supporting forecasting, trading, risk management, and wholesale/retail settlements.
Al was part of the team responsible for establishing the California independent system operator (ISO) that supported one of the initial deregulated wholesale power markets. He was also involved in the rollout of retail deregulation for the Texas market. He was one of leads involved in an Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) cost-benefits study evaluating the impacts to systems and processes based on identified changes from a zonal market design to a nodal market design. He has been actively involved with initiatives to develop a framework to manage the convergence of utility business, systems, and regulatory models caused by advances in smart grid technologies.