Energy Consulting Services

Energy Consulting Services, powered by Phillips Lytle.

While the energy industry offers many opportunities for corporations, it also presents its fair share of challenges. Now more than ever, it’s important to have a partner that understands both. Our newly established Energy Consulting Services, led by industry veteran Dennis Elsenbeck, is dedicated to assisting clients in shaping and navigating the regulatory path to their advantage.

Like everything at Phillips Lytle, our Energy Consulting Services’ clients are at the center of all we do. We are here to ensure your voice is heard in today’s ever-changing energy landscape, and to help you reach both your short- and long-term goals.

We put a lot of energy into delivering market-driven solutions.

The energy industry today is much different than it was even a few years ago. Advances in technology, along with industry innovations, have resulted in a business climate with cleaner and more cost-efficient systems, such as renewable energy, natural gas and energy storage.

We believe that, in order to provide the most effective sustainable solutions, three important dynamics must always be evaluated in tandem:

  • Market demand
  • Technical solutions
  • Alignment with energy policy

Considering how energy will be delivered to the market in the future has been paramount in creating our Energy Consulting Services. From project development and transactional support to regulatory counseling to municipal and procurement consulting, you can be sure we’re equipped to provide advisement and resources no matter your project.

Effective strategies led by an industry veteran.

At the helm of Phillips Lytle’s Energy Consulting Services is Dennis Elsenbeck. As the former U.S. director of stakeholder and policy for a well-known international utility company, his experience runs deep. Dennis brings unparalleled energy knowledge to each client relationship, as well as a broad base of valuable and influential contacts in all utility fields. Because energy is an ever-evolving sector, having a partner who knows how to navigate the complex policies and regulations surrounding the industry is key. Dennis knows what it takes to integrate the various components of an energy strategy, and he maintains a wealth of knowledge from working with:

  • Business advocacy groups
  • Business districts
  • Colleges and universities
  • Developers
  • Energy consumers
  • IDAs
  • Manufacturing councils
  • Medical districts
  • Municipalities

We’ll help you find your place.

Finding relevance in today’s evolving energy landscape is the first step in aligning with your company’s corporate strategies. Phillips Lytle’s Energy Consulting Services can help you identify and interpret the policies and regulations that can be used to meet your goals. Here are some of the ways we assist our clients:

Project development and transactional support

  • Align client products and services with Utility Work Plans
  • Co-create alternative supply opportunities aligned with evolving energy pricing models
  • Counsel energy innovation entrepreneurs on energy policy and energy sector trends
  • Facilitate potential for demonstration projects consistent with regulatory proceedings
  • Translate regulatory, legislative and tariff intent to align with client applicability
  • Facilitate clean energy integration in brownfield redevelopment initiatives
  • Facilitate a collaborative process that engages key stakeholders for mutual gain outcomes
  • Assist in alignment of client needs with key federal and state energy initiatives including “50X30,” “80X50” and Reforming the Energy Vision (REV)

Regulatory counseling and advocacy

  • Align energy policy trends with business practices
  • Interpret energy-related regulatory and legislative initiatives for market inclusion/applicability
  • Facilitate and represent market interests in evolving utility business models
  • Assist the utility sector in forming an integrated stakeholder engagement strategy
  • Align supply and demand side opportunities with shifting regulatory proceedings
  • Represent clients in matters elevated to the Public Service Commission's consumer advocacy group
  • Represent economic development interests in speculative utility infrastructure planning (e.g., “shovel ready”), notably on regionally significant sites; build consensus and mutual gain among stakeholders

Municipal consulting

  • Align Smart Grid concepts with Smart Cities programs
  • Align Smart Growth with integrated resource planning
  • Expand street lighting to Smart Energy Systems (e.g., LED, Wi-Fi, police cameras, license plate readers, etc.)
  • Provide utility facilitation and liaison support for street light, substation and distribution asset ownership
  • Facilitate alternative transportation opportunities and planning integration
  • Align sustainability initiatives with evolving regulatory trends
  • Facilitate discussions regarding land use and sustainability planning for clean energy integration
  • Facilitate early-stage energy planning for targeted brownfield remediation sites; align energy infrastructure planning between utilities and developers

Procurement consulting

  • Assist clients in evaluating utility pricing options with respect to understanding current tariff applicability
  • Assist clients in comparative energy pricing for the purpose of evaluating impact of location from one regulatory jurisdiction to another
  • Act as subject matter expert with respect to representing clients on individual or community-wide energy Requests For Proposals (RFPs) from energy services companies
  • Assist clients with allocations of low-cost hydropower, where available

Litigation Support

  • Provide translation of regulatory, legislative and tariff information to Phillips Lytle’s Litigation team to effectively support the client's energy challenges

Let’s get started.

Put the power of our Energy Consulting Services to work for your company. Learn more about Dennis Elsenbeck or give him a call at (716) 847-7083.

Energy Consulting Services