Dr. Howard J. Axelrod
Dr. Howard Axelrod has over 25
years of experience in utility planning, forecasting, and
strategic regulatory and market analysis. With proficiencies in
power systems planning, regulatory economics and marketing, he
offers a multidisciplinary approach to assessing and solving
complex energy issues. Having served on the New York Public
Service Commission as special assistant to Chairman Alfred Kahn,
and then appointed by Governor Cuomo as Director of the Consumer
Protection Boards Utility Intervention program, he has
gained considerable insights into the needs of energy consumers
and the protections they require, especially as the industry
becomes less regulated.
Dr. Axelrod also has extensive
knowledge of the regulatory initiatives which foster the
restructuring the electric utility industry in the New England,
New York and PJM regions. He is an active participant in New
Yorks Competitive Opportunities proceeding having served on
several committees including the stranded cost computation and
recovery, Independent System Operator and Market Power
Committees. In New Hampshire, he participated in the states
Retail Pilot Project and helped a major New York utility prepare
of its market entry in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. As a
consultant to the FERC, he supported the development of the Draft
Environmental Impact Statement for the Mega-NOPR (FERC Order 888
and 889) for which he analyzed emerging transmission technologies
that would enhance competition and also developed the industry
structure scenarios used to assess a the environmental impact of
a competitive energy market.
Dr. Axelrod is currently
working for a mid-west utility to develop an ESCO, a PJM electric
utility prepare its restructuring plan, and as a senior advisor
to the president of Ameritech (the Mid-west "Baby
Bell") develop cutting edge value added consumer products
and services that will complement the introduction of retail
electric competition. Finally, Dr. Axelrod has participated in a
number of commission sponsored management audits with a focus on
executive management, strategic planning and marketing.
Axelrod has previously served in a number of regulatory and
independent consultant positions. He held the position of Vice
President for the regulatory strategy groups of R.J. Rudden
Associates and Planmetrics, Inc. Prior to these positions, he was
appointed to Director of Utility Intervention for the New York
State Consumer Protection Board. He also served as a Project
Manager for the New York State Energy Research and Development
Authority and Senior Research Analyst for the New York State
Public Service Commission.
Ph.D. - Managerial Economics ,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
M.B.A. - Organizational Theory
and Marketing, State University of New York, Albany
M.S.E.E. - Power Systems,
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
B.S.E.E. - Power Systems,
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
Selected Consulting Experience
Supported the FERC in the
development of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the
Mega-NOPR (FERC Order 888 and 889).
Participated the development of
New Hampshires Retail Pilot Project and helped a major
utility prepare for its market entry into the area.
Developed strategic plans for a
number of utilities across the country.
Provided strategic planning
support for a Natural Gas Vehicle program, and served as an
expert witness in support of the proposed NGV rate recovery
mechanism for Brooklyn Union Gas.
Supported or lead the
development of a over a dozen utility company's integrated
resource plan and/or its demand - side management programs.
Review all aspects of a number
of utilities executive management and corporate planning
functions such as Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky
Supported focused analysis of
decommissioning plans, power pool relations and transmission
interconnects for Georgia Power.
Provided executive oversight of
investigations related to distribution reliability for PUC of the
Niagara Mohawk Power system.
Performed an internal
investigation of a company's "need for power"
associated with nuclear plants for Northeast Utilities.
Supported the review of gas and
electric marketing activities for a number of utilities and
provided recommendations for moving towards competition.
Development of strategic gas
marketing plans which included the reorganization of the
marketing department; the development of an integrated planning
team; and the facilitation of strategic planning sessions
addressing marketing tactics, competitive market strengths and
weaknesses, and technology assessments for Kansas Power &
Supported the Executive
Management and Corporate planning assessment acting as a Task
Leader for focused analysis of power supply planning, bulk power
marketing, energy forecasting, and load management for PP&L.
& Light Company
& Electric Company
New York State
Electric & Gas
Electric & Gas Company