Anna Sommer

 

Principal (315) 386-3834 asommer@energyfuturesgroup.com

Biography

Anna Sommer is based in Canton, NY and is a Principal of Energy Futures Group.  She has more than 15 years of experience working on a wide variety of issues including energy planning, energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration, and energy-water issues. Her primary focus is on all aspects of integrated resource planning (IRP) including capacity expansion and production costing simulation, scenario and sensitivity construction, modeling of supply and demand side resources, and review and critique of forecast inputs such as fuel prices, wholesale market prices, load forecasts, etc. Additionally, she has experience with various aspects of DSM planning including construction of avoided costs and connecting IRPs to subsequent DSM plans. Anna is trained to run the Strategist and EnCompass models and has reviewed modeling performed using numerous models including AURORA, Capacity Expansion Model, Plexos, PowerSimm, PROSYM, PROMOD, SERVM, and System Optimizer. She has provided expert testimony in front of utility commissions in Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and South Dakota.

Education

  • M.S. Energy and Resources, University of California Berkeley, 2010
  • B.S., Economics and Environmental Studies, Tufts University, 2003

Additional Training

  • Graduate coursework in Data Analytics – Clarkson University, 2015 – 2016.
  • Graduate coursework in Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics – McGill University, 2010.
  • Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS), 2009.

Experience

2019-Present

Principal, Energy Futures Group, Hinesburg, VT

2010-2019

President, Sommer Energy, LLC, Canton, NY

2007-2008

Project Manager, Energy Solutions, Oakland, CA

2003-2007

Research Associate, Synapse Energy Economics, Cambridge, MA

Selected Projects

    • Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and Earthjustice – Evaluation of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan. (2019 to present)

 

    • Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana – Advising stakeholders on stakeholder workshops in preparation for Indianapolis Power & Light’s integrated resource plans to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2019 to present)

 

    • Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana – Advising stakeholders on stakeholder workshops in preparation for Duke Energy Indiana’s integrated resource plans to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2018 to present)

 

    • Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana – Advising stakeholders on stakeholder workshops in preparation for Indiana Michigan Power Company’s integrated resource plans to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2018 to present)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Advising stakeholders on stakeholder workshops in preparation for Indiana Michigan Power Company’s integrated resource plans to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2018 to present)

 

    • Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana – Comments on Northern Indiana Public Service Company’s integrated resource plans to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2019)

 

    • Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana – Evaluation of Southern Indiana Gas and Electric’s proposal to build a new natural gas combined cycle power plant. (2018)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Evaluation of Minnesota Power Company’s proposal to build a new natural gas combined cycle power plant and Strategist modeling of alternatives to the plant. (2018)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Comments regarding Great River Energy’s integrated resource plan to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2018)

 

    • New Energy Economy – Evaluation of Public Service Company of New Mexico’s Strategist modeling of coal plant retirement scenarios. (2017)

 

    • Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana – Evaluation of Duke Energy Indiana’s proposal to offer DSM programs to its customers. (2017)

 

    • Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana – Evaluation of Southern Indiana Gas and Electric’s proposal to offer DSM programs to its customers. (2017)

 

    • Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis – Evaluation of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s plan to build an offshore LNG port. (2017)

 

    • Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana – Comments regarding Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company’s integrated resource plans to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2017)

 

    • Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana – Comments regarding Indianapolis Power & Light’s integrated resource plan to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2017)

 

    • Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana – Comments regarding Northern Indiana Public Service Company’s integrated resource plan to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2017)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Comments regarding Otter Tail Power’s integrated resource plan to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2016)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Comments regarding Xcel Energy’s integrated resource plan to meet future energy and capacity needs and conducting Strategist modeling of additional planning scenarios. (2016)

 

    • Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis – Evaluation of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s proposal to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2016)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Comments regarding Minnesota Power’s integrated resource plan to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2016)

 

    • Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis – Comments regarding Duke Energy Indiana and Indiana Michigan Power’s integrated resource plans to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2016)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Comments regarding Great River Energy’s integrated resource plan to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2015)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Comments regarding Otter Tail Power’s integrated resource plan to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2014)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Comments regarding Xcel Energy’s Sherco 1 and 2 Life-Cycle Management Study. (2013)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Comments regarding Minnesota Power’s proposal to retrofit Boswell Unit 4. (2013)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Comments regarding Minnesota Power’s integrated resource plan to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2013)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Comments regarding Xcel Energy’s integrated resource plan to meet future energy and capacity needs. (2013)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Evaluation of Otter Tail Power’s plan to diversify its baseload resources. (2012)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Comments regarding Minnesota Power’s “Baseload Diversification Study” – a resource planning exercise examining the use of fuels other than coal to serve baseload needs. (2012)

 

    • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Comments regarding IPL’s integrated resource plan to comply with pending EPA regulations and meet future capacity and energy needs. (2011)

 

  • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – Evaluation of a proposal by seven utilities to build a new supercritical pulverized coal plant including alternatives to the plant and potential for greenhouse gas regulation. (2006)

Selected Publications

    • The Husker Energy Plan: A New Energy Plan for Nebraska, prepared by Anna Sommer, Tyler Comings, and Elizabeth Stanton for the Nebraska Wildlife Federation. January 16, 2018.

 

    • Pennsylvania Long-Term Renewables Contracts Benefits and Costs, prepared by Elizabeth Stanton, Anna Sommer, Tyler Comings, and Rachel Wilson for the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition. October 27, 2017.

 

    • Implementing EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A Menu of Options [Pursue Capture Capture and Utilization or Storage, Establish Energy Savings Targets for Utilities, & Tax Carbon Dioxide Emissions chapters], prepared by Anna Sommer for the National Association of Clean Air Agencies and the Regulatory Assistance Project. June 7, 2015.

 

    • Overpaying and Underperforming: The Edwardsport IGCC Project, prepared by Anna Sommer for Citizens’ Action Coalition, Save the Valley, Valley Watch, and Sierra Club. February 3, 2015.

 

    • Public Utility Regulation Without the Public: The Alabama Public Service Commission and Alabama Power, prepared by David Schlissel and Anna Sommer for Arise Citizens’ Policy Project. March 1, 2013.

 

    • A Texas Electric Capacity Market: The Wrong Tool for a Real Problem, prepared by Anna Sommer and David Schlissel for Public Citizen of Texas. February 12, 2013.

 

    • Best Practices in Designing and Implementing Energy Efficiency Obligation Schemes, prepared by John Gerhard, Camille Kadoch, Edith Pike-Biegunska, Anna Sommer, Wang Xuan, Nancy Wasserman and Elizabeth Watson for the International Energy Agency. June 2012.

 

    • A Study of the Economics and Risks of Operation of Boiler 4 by the New Ulm Public Utilities Commission, prepared by Anna Sommer for Sierra Club – Northstar Chapter and Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. July 15, 2011.

 

    • Comments on the Technical Memorandum for the Georgia Statewide Energy Sector Water Demand Forecast, prepared by Anna Sommer and David Schlissel for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. June 22, 2011.

 

    • Don’t Get Burned: The Risks of Investing in New Coal-Fired Generating Facilities, prepared by David Schlissel, Lucy Johnston, Jennifer Kallay, Christopher James, Anna Sommer, Bruce Biewald, Ezra Hausman and Allison Smith for Interfaith Center of Corporate Responsibility. February 26, 2008.

 

    • Quantifying and Controlling Fine Particulate Matter in New York City, prepared by Alice Napoleon, Geoff Keith, Charles Komanoff, Daniel Gutman, Patricio Silva, David Schlissel, Anna Sommer, Cliff Chen and Amy Roschelle for Coalition Helping Organize a Kleaner Environment, Natural Resources Defense Council and Reliant Energy. August 28, 2007.

 

    • Independent Administration of Energy Efficiency Programs: A Model for North Carolina, prepared by David Nichols, Anna Sommer and William Steinhurst for Clean Water for North Carolina. April 13, 2007.

 

    • Integrated Portfolio Management in a Restructured Supply Market, prepared by Paul Chernick, Jonathan Wallach, William Steinhurst, Tim Woolf, Anna Sommer and Kenji Takahashi. June 30, 2006.

 

    • Ensuring Delaware’s Energy Future: A Response to Executive Order No. 82, prepared by the Delaware Cabinet Committee on Energy with technical assistance at Synapse Energy Economics from William Steinhurst, Bruce Biewald, David White, Kenji Takahashi, Alice Napoleon, Amy Roschelle, Anna Sommer and Ezra Hausman. March 8, 2006.

 

    • Mohave Alternatives and Complements Study: Assessment of Carbon Sequestration Feasibility and Markets, a Sargent & Lundy and Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. report prepared for Southern California Edison by Anna Sommer and William Steinhurst. February 2006.

 

    • Potential Cost Impacts of a Renewable Portfolio Standard in New Brunswick, prepared by Tim Woolf, David White, Cliff Chen and Anna Sommer for the New Brunswick Department of Energy. October 2005.

 

    • Considering Climate Change in Electric Resource Planning: Zero is the Wrong Carbon Value, a Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. report prepared by Lucy Johnston, Amy Roschelle, Ezra Hausman, Anna Sommer and Bruce Biewald. September 20, 2005.

 

    • Potential Cost Impacts of a Vermont Renewable Portfolio Standard, a Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. report prepared for the Vermont Public Service Board, by Tim Woolf, David E. White, Cliff Chen, and Anna Sommer. October 16, 2003.

 

    • Estimating the Environmental Benefits of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in North America: Experience and Methods, a report for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, by Geoffrey Keith, Bruce Biewald, Anna Sommer, Patrick Henn, and Miguel Breceda, September 22, 2003.

 

    • Comments on the RPS Cost Analyses of the Joint Utilities and the DPS Staff, a Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. report prepared for the Renewable Energy Technology and Environment Coalition, by Bruce Biewald, Cliff Chen, Anna Sommer, William Steinhurst, and David E. White. September 19, 2003.

 

  • Cleaner Air, Fuel Diversity and High-Quality Jobs: Reviewing Selected Potential Benefits of an RPS in New York State, a Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. report prepared for the Renewable Energy Technology and Environment Coalition, by Geoff Keith, Bruce Biewald, David White, Anna Sommer and Cliff Chen. July 28, 2003.

Presentations and Articles

    • “Carbon Capture and Storage.” A presentation at Energy Finance 2018. March 13, 2018.

 

    • “Puerto Rico’s Electric System, Before and After Hurricane Maria.” A webinar with Cathy Kunkel on behalf of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. October 24, 2017.

 

    • “Rebutting Myths About Energy Efficiency.” A presentation at the Beyond Coal to Clean Energy Conference sponsored by Sierra Club and Energy Foundation. October 8, 2015.

 

    • “The Energy and Water Nexus: Carbon Capture and Water.” A presentation at the Water and Energy Sustainability Symposium. September 28, 2010.

 

    • “Carbon Sequestration.” A presentation to Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. August 17, 2009.

 

    • “Carbon Dioxide Emissions Costs and Electricity Resource Planning.” A presentation before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission with David Schlissel. March 28, 2007.

 

    • “Electricity Supply Prices in Deregulated Markets – The Problem and Potential Responses.” A presentation at the NASUCA Mid-Year Meeting with Rick Hornby and Ezra Hausman. June 13, 2006.

 

    • “IGCC: A Public Interest Perspective.” A presentation at the Electric Utilities Environmental Conference 2006. January 24, 2006.

 

    • Woolf, Tim, Anna Sommer, John Nielsen, David Barry and Ronald Lehr. “Managing Electric Industry Risk with Clean and Efficient Resources,The Electricity Journal, Volume 18, Issue 2, March 2005.

 

  • Woolf, Tim and Anna Sommer. “Local Policy Measures to Improve Air Quality: A Case Study of Queens County, New York,” Local Environment, Volume 9, Number 1, February 2004.

Professional Affiliations

    • Board Member, Public Utility Law Project of New York, 2018 – present

 

  • Board Member, Community Development Program of St. Lawrence County, 2017 – present

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