ERM appoints Leah Bissonette as the Power Sector Lead for North America

06 August 2010

Leah Bissonette has joined ERM as the Managing Partner for the Power Sector in North America. In this role she will enhance the expertise we offer to our clients on both program development and implementation for all sectors including renewable and non-renewable electricity generators and transmission. 

Combining ERM’s in-depth technical, economic, regulatory, and environmental analysis enables utilities and other energy providers to make the best possible decisions regarding their energy alternatives both now and for the future.  Leah’s role will help guide ERM’s strategies in this field and support consultants as they advise major clients on the impacts and alternatives resulting from the rapidly changing energy arena.

With more than 30 years’ experience working in the power sector, Leah spent 25 years working in the industry before moving into consulting.   As a consultant, Leah has worked on a number of energy issues for a variety of corporations ranging from renewable startups to Fortune 500 and international corporations.  Her depth of experience includes the following:

  • Advising on the largest solar RFP in America's Northeast;
  • Conducting RFPs for Renewable Energy Credits;
  • Consulting on ARRA (Stimulus Bill) funding and securing that funding for various energy efficiency, demand-side management and Smart Grid projects;
  • Portfolio analysis and planning, including GHG impacts, determining alternatives quantitatively and qualitatively and recommending alternatives;
  • Advising on negotiations for a wind farm on Native American tribal lands; and
  • Structuring and negotiating wholesale power deals for parties across the US and into Mexico and Canada.

Speaking about her new role, Leah said: “ERM is the perfect company to be expanding its position in the power sector right now. Our clients are faced with very real consumer demand for sustainable energy solutions. They need creative, cost-effective solutions that are both environmentally and economically sustainable while at the same time meeting regulatory requirements and the demands of their own customers.”

Global Commercial Director Shawn Doherty added: “Leah’s appointment is a significant reflection of the focus we are placing on helping power-related clients in North America - in addition to the work we are already involved with and carrying out elsewhere in the world.”

“ERM carried out an extensive strategic review process earlier this year, which also involved clarifying the client sectors that fit with our global footprint and high-quality, value added business consultancy framework. This includes oil and gas, mining and power. Although the power sector is a more fragmented sector than oil and gas and mining, growing demand for clean energy and a simultaneous need for the power sector’s transformation to achieve significant carbon emission reduction are expected to drive demand for expertise offered by environmental consultancies.  Leah’s extensive industry and consulting experience makes her a natural fit for this role.”


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