Hirokazu Hiraiwa is an Associate Director in the Emerging Technologies group within the Energy practice. His main areas of focus include smart grid, end-use energy efficiency, and power generation technologies. He has worked with multiple government agencies, utilities, and equipment manufacturers, providing support for market and technology assessments and evaluations, RD&D programs planning and management, and business unit growth strategy development.
Currently, Hirokazu is a key member of the Navigant team supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Smart Grid Programs.
- Supporting U.S. DOE manage its $4 billion Smart Grid Investment Grant and Smart Grid Demonstration programs. Specific tasks include analysis of project performance data (e.g., asset deployment, and attributed benefits and impact), assisting approximately 140 projects in data submissions, and tracking the deployment progress of key Smart Grid assets.
- Assessments and evaluations and emerging energy technologies (e.g., end-use energy efficiency, power generation, and environmental impact mitigation technologies) for multiple clients in electric utility industry and public sector.
- Forecasting the adoption of demand-side resources (e.g., DMS programs, distributed generation, energy storage, and smart grid programs) within the Eastern Interconnection states, and their potential impact on the system peak load, for National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC).
- Research opportunities assessments and RD&D roadmap developments for government agencies such as the California Energy Commission and the U.S. DOE.
Hiro is a bilingual professional fluent in English and Japanese. He has supported multiple engagements in areas such as energy, forensic accounting, and commercial disputes that required in-depth client interaction in Japanese.