Robert C. Grace
Managing Director & President
Robert C. Grace, Managing Director & President, is a leader and innovator in technical and policy analysis of renewable energy markets. Over 15 years as President of Sustainable Energy Advantage, he has provided market, policy, financial and strategic analysis to over 125 public, private and non-profit sector clients, helping them evaluate and implement renewable electricity market, policy and business opportunities.
Trained as an interdisciplinary analyst in energy and environment, Bob has worked with a broad range of stakeholders and a diverse array of functions over his 30 years in the electricity industry. He specializes in multi-stakeholder activities addressing complex and cutting edge challenges in a comprehensive, insightful and objective manner. Bob is a frequent public speaker and lecturer, committee participant, and author on topics shaping the renewable energy landscape.
Bob’s career trajectory started in energy-sector analysis, power supply optimization and regulatory economics at LaCapra Associates. At New England Power Company, he ventured from wholesale power supply planning and transacting, to serving as a principal analyst to the teams pioneering electric industry restructuring, including the first-in-the-industry unbundling of the New England Electric System companies. From there, Bob founded and served as Director of AllEnergy’s green power division, which launched the first renewable energy-based retail offering in the eastern U.S. competitive electricity era.
Bob is past co-chair of the Northeast Energy & Commerce Association (NECA) Renewable Energy/Distributed Generation Committee, and serves on NECA’s Board of Directors. He holds a M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Energy Studies from Brown University.
Phone: (508) 665-5855
Tom Michelman, Senior Director, has over twenty years of experience in renewable, retail & wholesale energy markets.
Since joining SEA in December, 2013 he has led SEA’s solar market and due diligence practice areas. At SEA he has initiated and manages the Massachusetts Solar Market Study, and participated in numerous analyses for statewide energy offices, most prominently, Massachusetts Post-1600 MW solar study, and a lead participant in the MA Solar and Net Metering Task Force and the New Jersey Solar Market Volatility Study. For private and utility clients he has managed various solar market and REC analyses that have included assessments of all 50 states. For public clients he conducted due diligence and advised on the terms and conditions for a variety of net metering offtake agreements. For institutional clients and a municipal opt-out aggregator he has analyzed various methods of renewable energy procurement to satisfy both environmental and additionality goals.
Prior to joining SEA Tom co-founded and was a Principal at Boreal Renewable Energy Development to cost effectively implement distributed generation renewable energy projects. Tom’s focus was utility scale distributed wind and solar generation at commercial, industrial, municipal, and institutional sites. He has provided expert witness testimony for renewable distributed generation issues in Massachusetts, and was a key participant advocating and consensus building for virtual net metering inclusion in the Massachusetts Green Communities Act. In addition he consulted on various aspects of the renewable energy industry. Areas of expertise include: retail and wholesale electric markets, financial pro forma scenario analysis, processing of historical energy consumption, and analysis of current and future utility tariffs, and wholesale and REC prices, managing REC marketing and sales, and net metering.
Tom led or participated in dozens of wind and photovoltaic projects most over 100 kW in capacity, from pre-feasibility and feasibility stages, and then viable projects through design and construction, commissioning stages, as well support of projects during operation phase. Projects include successful wind installations in Gloucester (Applied Materials), Falmouth (Notus Clean Energy), Fall River (Philips – Lightolier), Charlestown, MA (MWRA), among others.
Prior to founding Boreal, Tom worked as an energy consultant for KEMA (formerly XENERGY and now DNV GL) for over ten years primarily working on and co-managing their retail energy practice and participating in analyses of the efficacy of energy efficiency programs.
Tom has a M.S in Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island, and B.A. in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences and Political Science from Northwestern University. In a volunteer capacity, Tom is President of the non-profit Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail.
Phone: (508) 665-5854
Jason S. Gifford, Senior Director, has over fourteen years of experience in the development of renewable energy policy in restructured electricity markets, market and financial analysis, REC market policy and development, and the development of community-scale renewable energy projects. Prior to joining Sustainable Energy Advantage, Jason served as Industry Investment and Development Manager at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s Renewable Energy Trust. At MTC, Jason focused on project finance, investment-related financial analysis and due diligence, and the development of a hedge product for the benefit of both renewable energy generators and end users. From 1998 to 2002, Jason was Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Business Development at Green Mountain Energy Company, where he led the Company’s public policy efforts in PJM, Ohio and New England, participated in retail product development and marketing, and negotiated a contract to serve the nation’s largest residential electric consumer aggregation.
Mr. Gifford holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bates College and an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Babson College.
Phone: (508) 665-5856
Kathryn Craddock McKee
Director of Operations
Kathryn A. Craddock McKee, Director of Operations, has over 14 years skillfully managing daily operational and administrative functions with the past five years focused in the renewable energy sector. Kathryn has an extensive background in project planning and meeting/event coordination and implementation with a remarkable attention to detail. She has an innate ability to anticipate needs when providing comprehensive support to both clients and staff. She is accomplished at identifying and implementing process improvements that ensure quality, reduce cost, and increase efficiency.
Ms. Craddock holds a B.A. in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Phone: (508) 665-5857
Deborah A. Donovan, Senior Consultant at Sustainable Energy Advantage, brings over 30 years of experience in both public and private organizations, focusing on energy and environmental policy design, impact analysis, and implementation. Throughout her career, Deborah has applied her expertise as an economist and policy analyst to the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate change, air quality, and electric power markets.
At SEA, Deborah plays a senior management role in the firm’s Eyes & Ears regulatory tracking service. She has applied her expertise to client engagements including REC tracking systems, voluntary markets, public outreach on wind siting, and assessments of regional policies for offshore wind and other renewable technologies.
Prior to joining SEA, Deborah was a senior member of the team that developed and implemented the Cambridge Energy Alliance (CEA) program from the organization’s inception. She led the organization’s efforts crafting many aspects of the program’s funding, innovative design and business delivery capabilities. She focused on efficiency opportunities in the city’s government and business sectors, as well as the program’s participation in market-based regulatory programs, including the Forward Capacity Market of the New England Power Pool. Deborah managed the Northeast Energy Policy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists for six years where she advocated for renewable energy policies throughout the six New England states. Previously, Deborah worked as a Senior Project Manager in the environmental consulting practice of Abt Associates. Her earlier experience includes managing the emission allowance portfolio of the New England Electric System’s power plants. Deborah has held various senior positions with environmental and economic consulting organizations including the Cadmus Group and Putnam, Hayes and Bartlett.
Deborah holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.S. in Environmental Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Deborah serves on the Board of Directors of the Energy Consumers Alliance of New England and is a past board member of the Biomass Energy Research Center.
Phone: (508) 665-5859
Jim Kennerly, Consultant, joined SEA in April 2015. At SEA, Jim focuses on solar and distributed energy market and policy analysis. For SEA’s subscription clients, he serves as the lead analyst for SEA’s Massachusetts Solar Market Study, and co-leads regulatory and legislative tracking and analysis for SEA’s New England Eyes and Ears service. For clients engaging SEA’s customized consulting and advisory services, he also manages, develops and assists with the execution of economic and financial analyses of solar and distributed energy incentive programs and policies. Jim also specializes in the analysis of utility tariffs and business models, as well as customized due diligence research and for public and private clients.
Prior to joining SEA, Jim was Senior Policy Analyst at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University (formerly the North Carolina Solar Center). At the Center, he served as the senior analyst for the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) project, and was a U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative-funded researcher specializing in solar PV and distributed energy resource policy. Jim's SunShot-funded “best practices” research related to distributed energy economics, utility regulation and rate design has been featured by a wide variety of national, local and trade media outlets, national laboratories, non-governmental organizations, and the Clean Energy Ministerial (which includes the governments of several of the world’s developed countries).
Prior to working at the Center, Jim worked at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association and at ICF International, where he served as a consultant to the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR program. Jim received a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from Oberlin College.
Phone: (508) 665-5862
Po-Yu Yuen, Consultant, has been with SEA since May 2013. At SEA, Po-Yu supports a broad range of interdisciplinary analysis services on renewable energy markets and polices, focusing on Class I REC markets, RPS policy development and implementation, and large-scale renewable procurement in the northeast. She is a key contributor to SEA’s New England Renewable Energy Market Outlook (REMO) analysis, playing a major role in modeling REC supply, demand and price dynamics, monitoring and analyzing market drivers, conducting GIS spatial assessment of resource potential, and developing renewable energy resource cost forecasts. More recently, Po-Yu has been supporting the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in the development and implementation of the New York Clean Energy Standard, offering substantial support in modeling policy cost and renewable resource deployment and drafting implementation proposals. Po-Yu is also a contributor to SEA’s Eyes and Ears policy tracking service.
Prior to joining SEA, Po-Yu was an intern at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, where she supported the Clean Energy Division’s municipal energy data analysis and regional energy procurement services, as well as developed strategic energy action plans for eight communities in the Greater Boston region. Po-Yu holds a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University focusing on clean energy policy and sustainable community development. She received a Bachelor in Environmental Science from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Phone: (508) 665-5861
Aaron Geschiere, Principal Analyst at Sustainable Energy Advantage, brings over 5 years of experience to SEA, where he will focus on a wide range of SEA’s consulting offerings including the development of detailed spreadsheet models for renewable energy market and policy analysis, quantitative analyses on a wide array of renewable energy-related policy incentives, programs and business activities in New England, New York, and PJM, and monitoring renewable energy policies, legislative and regulatory activities and programs in the northeastern U.S. and provide high-level policy analysis support to SEA’s private sector and public sector clients. Prior to joining SEA, Aaron was an Associate at ICF Consulting, working with a broad array of utility, independent power producer, developer and non-profit clients. While at ICF, Aaron focused on electric sector policy analysis and wholesale power market modeling, including REC price forecasting, assessing market opportunities for renewable developers, renewable energy performance and fundamentals, and PPA evaluation. Aaron holds dual B.S. degrees in Economics and Environmental Science from the University of Michigan.
Phone: (508) 665-5871
Kate Daniel, Principal Analyst, started at SEA in November 2016. Kate specializes in policy analysis and implementation, supporting SEA's work to assess the impacts of regulations and incentives on renewable energy markets. Kate also tracks and analyzes policy updates for the Eyes and Ears subscription service.
Prior to joining SEA, Kate was a Senior Policy Analyst at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center. There, she played a major role in the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, building expertise in policies and incentives across several states. She was a contributor to the Center's 50 States of Solar Quarterly Reports, tracking changes to rate design and policies affecting distributed solar markets. Kate also led stakeholder engagement efforts to identify an appropriate policy design for PACE Financing in North Carolina.
Kate received a Master of Public Policy from of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, where she specialized in clean energy policy and conducted an analysis on implementing time varying rates in California for the Office of Gov. Brown. Prior to her graduate studies, Kate was a Senior Research Analyst at Industrial Economics, Inc, conducting regulatory analysis, financial assessments, program evaluations, and other research and support to federal and state government agencies.
Phone: (508) 665-5863
Jordan Shoesmith, Senior Analyst, has been with SEA since August 2015. He recently received his M.A. in Energy and Earth Resources at the University of Texas at Austin, where much of his research focused on energy and environmental policy, global energy security, energy forecasting and the political economy of energy. While in graduate school, Jordan was a Jackson School of Geosciences-funded summer fellow with the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Coal and Uranium Analysis Team. There, Jordan played a pivotal role in the development of a decision-based modeling tool to generate high and low case scenarios for projections of international nuclear generating capacity and in developing a framework to evaluate country-specific nuclear power programs. At SEA, Jordan supports SEA’s Eyes and Ears services through research and policy analysis. His work also includes GIS and spatial analysis, quantitative analysis, a wide array of research as well as assisting in the development and later maintenance of SEA’s reference library. Jordan also holds a Bachelor in International Studies from Baylor University.
Phone: (508) 665-5860
Ted Snook, Senior Analyst at Sustainable Energy Advantage, started with SEA in May 2016 as an intern where he conducted interdisciplinary analysis and research on renewable energy development and markets, supporting modeling of government policy or incentive programs for renewable technologies and New England’s REC markets. Currently, Ted works as part of the MA Solar Market Study and Renewable Energy Market Outlook team, modelling REC and SREC supply, demand, and prices. Ted also has created and run models for analysis of cost and market impacts of public policies, such as RPS and electricity market rules, as well as for project-specific financing in support of detailed feasibility analyses of solar and wind developments.
Prior to joining SEA, Ted interned at CA Technologies as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corp Fellow, performing a LEED feasibility certification analysis of the building’s operations, maintenance, and systems. Ted also worked at Plymouth REIT where he analyzed capital investment opportunities to help determine future investment strategy and formulated documentation required for multiple SEC filings. Ted holds an MBA in Finance and MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University and a BA in Environmental Studies from College of the Holy Cross.
Phone: (508) 665-5868
Jake McDermott, Analyst, started with SEA in August 2016. He researches extensively and writes on SEA’s Eyes and Ears services, tracks historic REC prices and historic generation data for SEA’s Renewable Energy Market Outlook (REMO), assists the Solar Market Study (SMS) team, and helps staff the DOE-funded Northeast Wind Resource Center. Jake also maintains SEA’s internal reference library and provides general research assistance on a variety of other products and projects. Jake recently completed a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Resource Economics from the Commonwealth Honors College of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Previously, Jake completed a Massachusetts Clean Energy Center funded internship with SEA, where he worked primarily on the Eyes and Ears team. Prior to joining SEA, Jake worked as the Sales Coordinator at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), creating and executing detailed sales strategies to bring a plethora of high-quality organizations to NESEA’s regional trade shows. Additionally, Jake helped develop and implement NESEA’s “Giving Tuesday” Campaign.
Phone: (508) 665-5866
Ben Walton, Analyst, started at SEA in the Internship program in October of 2016, and became a Fellow in April of 2017. He primarily conducts analysis and research for the Massachusetts Solar Market Study (SMS) subscription service, managing data and maintaining models which forecast cost of entry, REC prices, and supply and demand in the Massachusetts solar market. He also tracks legislation and regulatory proceedings for SEA’s Eyes and Ears subscription service. Prior to joining SEA, Ben worked in historical archives based in the Pioneer Valley.
Ben holds a B.A in Political Science and Minors in Economics and Music from the Commonwealth Honors College of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he also studied Environmental Policy.
Phone: (508) 665-5869
Lynn NeJaime, Office Manager, started working at SEA part-time in December 2015. Lynn has over 13 years’ experience managing daily administrative operations and providing executive level support. She recently served as Executive Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of Framingham Public Schools (FPS) where she supported and represented senior management for the twelfth largest school district in Massachusetts. Prior to working for FPS, Lynn enjoyed nearly 10 years in the Environmental Health Department of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) managing a large department of over sixty faculty, students, staff, and foreign scholars.
Ms. NeJaime holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Emmanuel College. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Saint Rose.
Phone: (508) 665-5865