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  • Gary A. Grasso | BWMQ, Inc.

    Gary A. Grasso Economist Gary has over 40 years of experience in providing technical and policy assistance to various segments of the energy industry on project evaluation and rate and regulatory matters. The focus of his expertise is in the oil, natural gas, and electric power industries, and he has extensive experience in the oil pipeline ratemaking arena. Mr. Grasso has a strong quantitative and analytical background and has focused on cost-of-service ratemaking and policy issues, market-power analysis, depreciation studies, and due diligence projects, among other areas. ​ Mr. Grasso also has provided extensive litigation support and expert testimony for clients before state and federal regulatory commissions and courts. He has provided expert testimony and has been cross-examined on oil pipeline rate and policy matters before the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission and State regulatory commissions. He has also provided expert reports and oral testimony on ad valorem tax matters, specifically addressing cost of service matters as they relate to the income approach to pipeline valuation. ​ Through his participation in regulatory cases, Mr. Grasso has provided strong support in developing, writing and reviewing discovery matters, and has extensive rate modeling experience in developing support for cost of service cases. He also has participated in many settlement and mediation negotiations in oil and natural gas cases, utilizing his analytical skills to support clients in addressing complex problems to achieve desirable outcomes. His work on various oil pipeline cases in Alaska since the 1990s to date has been instrumental in developing today's regulatory cost of service paradigm in the State, and his work at the Alaska State and Federal level was instrumental in implementing a new cost of service methodology for developing rates on the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. ​ Mr. Grasso has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from George Mason University. CV and Summary of Managed Cases

  • Miriam Swydan Erickson | BWMQ, Inc.

    Miriam Swydan Erickson Director, Government Relations Miriam Swydan Erickson is a legislative and regulatory attorney with over thirty years experience in energy and environmental policy and law. As a former Majority Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, she began her career at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and continued as Senior Counsel and Director at the American Gas Association. Most recently she is President of the Swydan-Erickson Group, LLC. ​ She brings her extensive expertise in Congressional and Government Relations to BWM&Q and their clients. Her areas of practice include Capitol Hill, federal agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation (Pipeline Safety and Clean Transit) OSHA, and the Department of Defense. Ms. Erickson has worked extensively with industry trade associations. She works with State and local governments, including Governor’s offices, National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC), state legislatures, and local county governments. ​ Ms. Erickson applies her substantive knowledge of energy policy and law with her expertise in public outreach to serve her clients. She has served as advisor and speechwriter on energy issues on several national and local political campaigns. She is also a former candidate for public office. She is a frequent public speaker on energy issues, including a guest lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University. ​ As President of the Swydan Erickson Group, she worked with DOE’s Clean Cities program and natural gas vehicles. She represented clients before Congress and federal agencies, including the Department of Defense. ​ As Majority Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Ms. Erickson served under Committee Chairmen Hon. Thomas J. Bliley Jr., Hon. W.J. “Billy” Tauzin, and Hon. Joe Barton. Ms. Erickson was Counsel for hearings on national energy policy, including electricity, natural gas and petroleum, including the Energy Policy Act of 20005, the DOE Budget, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and Ensuring Adequate Natural Gas Supply. She spoke frequently in public as a representative of the Chairman, and was Counsel for the Chairman’s meetings with members of the Cabinet, Federal Agency commissioners, and stakeholders. ​ As Senior Counsel and Director for the American Gas Association, Ms. Erickson represented A.G.A. in federal and state appellate and administrative litigation for several federal agencies, including the FERC, DOT and OSHA. Miriam filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts (D.C. Circuit and Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits) and state courts. She recommended industry-wide positions for adoption by the Board of Directors. Miriam also represented A.G.A. before NARUC. ​ At the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission she was an Attorney Advisor in Pipeline and Electric Rates and a law clerk to the Administrative Law Judges. ​ Ms. Erickson has a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, studied Urban Planning at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. ​ Ms. Erickson is a member and admitted to practice before the District of Columbia Bar Association. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Natural Gas Roundtable, the National Energy Resources Organization, the Energy Bar Association and the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment. CV

  • Robert J. Cupina | BWMQ, Inc.

    Robert J. Cupina Petroleum Engineer Robert J. (Rob) Cupina has joined Brown, Williams, Moorhead & Quinn, Inc. after a distinguished 36-year career at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Federal Power Commission. ​ Mr. Cupina was the Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Energy Projects from 2001 to 2009. He directed a staff of 330 engineers and physical scientists responsible for processing applications for the construction and operation of natural gas pipeline and storage facilities for interstate and foreign commerce, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), and licenses for non-federal hydroelectric projects, as well as managing the license compliance and dam safety programs and the supplemental siting authority for interstate electric transmission facilities under EPAct 2005. Mr. Cupina's many major energy infrastructure accomplishments include: issuing an open season rule as a prerequisite to an Alaska natural gas pipeline, significant expansion of LNG terminals and the interstate pipeline grid, rules for electric transmission siting and creation of the infrastructure policy group and the hydrokinetics program. ​ Mr. Cupina was the Director of the Division of Tariffs and Rates - Central in the Office of Markets, Tariffs and Rates in 2000 to 2001. He directed a staff of 75 economists, accountants and engineers responsible for analyzing filings for rates and services by electric utilities for the transmission of electric energy and by natural gas pipeline companies for the transportation of natural gas. The Central Region included the Midwestern U.S. and the offshore Gulf of Mexico. His major concentration at the time was organizing a new Office and implementing Order No. 2000 to establish regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs). ​ Mr. Cupina also served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Pipeline Regulation from 1989 to 1999, where he directed a staff of 170 regulatory professionals responsible for siting natural gas pipeline, LNG and storage infrastructure and analyzing the operators' rates and terms and conditions of service. His major accomplishments include pipeline expansions to California and the Northeast and issuing and implementing Order No. 636 to restructure the gas industry. ​ Mr. Cupina is thoroughly familiar with the Commission's licensing and certification process improvements embodied in the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) for hydroelectric projects and the Pre-Filing Process (PF) for natural gas and electric transmission projects. They are based on three essential components: early identification and resolution of issues by stakeholders, coincident rather than sequential action by the myriad agencies involved using a single administrative record, and meeting specific, predictable milestones and overall processing timeframes. Compared to the traditional approaches, these processes place a premium on flexibility and collaboration. Mr. Cupina has been a tireless advocate for expediting the process and enhancing the quality of deliverables throughout his career. ​ Mr. Cupina educational background includes: MPA Public Management, George Mason University BS Technology Management, University of Maryland SMG, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Pennsylvania State University CV and Summary of Testimony Experience

  • Alan R. Lovinger | BWMQ, Inc.

    Alan R. Lovinger MBA Accounting Mr. Lovinger has more than forty five years experience in the energy field. He was employed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from July 1976 through February 1998, when he left to join BWMQ. As a Staff Accountant, he specialized in cost of service matters with an emphasis on income tax matters. Mr. Lovinger gained knowledge in the income tax field through employment with the Internal Revenue Service as an Internal Revenue Agent for more than six years. ​ Mr. Lovinger provided expert testimony on accounting and accounting-related policy matters before the Commission. He also provided expert testimony on tax matters before the Commission and has provided accounting and tax advice and assistance on projects involving construction of facilities to serve new or expanded markets. Mr. Lovinger was involved in the Commission’s activities on such matters as competition, restructuring, stranded costs and market based rates. ​ Mr. Lovinger has represented the Commission in dealings with the Internal Revenue Service on income tax issues that arose in various rate proceedings. He also assisted the Commission on rulemakings for such cost of service matters as tax normalization, cash working capital and Post Retirement Benefits other than Retirement. ​ Mr. Lovinger received a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in management from Bryant College, Rhode Island, in 1965 and did graduate work at Texas Tech University majoring in Accounting. CV and Summary of Managed Cases

  • Patrick R. Crowley | BWMQ, Inc.

    Patrick R. Crowley Economist Patrick Crowley is a regulatory energy consultant with over 40 years experience as an economist and expert witness in energy litigation as an independent consultant and an analyst with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. Mr. Crowley established Crowley Energy Consulting in 2007, offering technical analysis and expert testimony in energy litigation involving natural gas pipeline, oil pipeline, and electric transmission matters before federal and state regulatory commissions. ​ As a private consultant, Mr. Crowley provided cost of service studies, depreciation studies, rate design models, and comparative cost studies for numerous clients. Mr. Crowley prepared and filed written testimony, affidavits, and comments before FERC, and provided oral testimony supporting his filed positions in numerous rate case proceedings. ​ While an employee at FERC, Mr. Crowley filed written testimony and was cross-examined in numerous rate case proceedings, participated in hundreds of settlement negotiations, prepared and reviewed discovery for litigation, prepared and filed supporting exhibits and documentation in litigated rate cases, and led multi-disciplinary teams in rate case analysis and the investigation of energy market abuses. ​ Mr. Crowley graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1976 and a Master of Arts in mathematical economics in 1978. He joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 1979. He held various positions within the FERC, gaining proficiency at long-term natural resource discovery & production forecasting, actuarial analysis of physical plant life span expectancies, depreciation accounting, regulatory cost-of-service rate making, rate base composition, cost allocation methodologies, partnership income tax allowance, energy market bidding platforms and strategies, pipeline rate design, master limited partnership income allocation structures, market power analysis, and market anomalies investigation. CV and Summary of Managed Cases

  • David J. Haag | BWMQ, Inc.

    David J. Haag President and Chief Executive Officer David J. Haag is highly regarded in the natural gas pipeline industry as a pipeline cost of service, rate design, tariff, and regulatory expert. Mr. Haag brings to the role of CEO his extensive experience dealing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including the management of numerous complex rate case filings, market-based rate studies, certificate filings, compliance filings, as well as gas pipeline and storage tariff filings. ​ Mr. Haag is well versed in Government, Public, and Stakeholder Relations, and maintains established relationships with various industry trade associations, including the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and the Association of Oil Pipelines, that will be enhanced as the CEO of BWMQ. ​ Mr. Haag is also seasoned in the analysis of complex commercial, financial, and regulatory matters related to pipelines and storage, and will be able to assist with regulatory oversight for ongoing operations, new projects, acquisitions, mergers, and divestitures. ​ Finally, Mr. Haag is experienced in the management of oil pipeline tariffs under the Interstate Commerce Act, including the requisite depreciation and underlying cost of service issues pertaining to oil and products pipelines. CV and Summary of Managed Cases

  • Steven R. Fall | BWMQ, Inc.

    Steven R. Fall Vice President Brown, Williams, Moorhead & Quinn, Inc. is pleased to announce that Mr. Steven R. Fall has joined BWMQ as a Vice President as of October 2, 2017. Mr. Fall will concentrate on terminal negative salvage analysis and pipeline operations. ​ Mr. Fall comes to BWMQ with a background in large scale construction and project management. Mr. Fall was Project Engineer for Anchor Construction Corporation of Washington, DC., which specializes in major underground utility construction projects. Mr. Fall coordinated the underground utilities operated by DC's Department of Transportation, Washington Gas, PEPCO, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, and the National Park Service. ​ Mr. Fall's hands-on project management included phasing and crew assignments, calculating timing sequences for equipment requirements, establishing performance standards, monitoring project progress, negotiating change order pricing and inspecting project designs, activities, and completion of performance. ​ Mr. Fall's green infrastructure expertise includes the Washington, DC Klingle Valley Trail restoration project, which included bio-swales, bio-retention structures, and permeable pavements. Mr. Fall coordinated compliance activities regarding up-to-date construction site restoration requirements. ​ Mr. Fall was most recently a Project Manager at the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, where he handled high impact projects regarding regulatory compliance. Mr. Fall coordinated council members, property owners, private contractors, and city construction inspectors in bringing on-going construction projects into compliance with building regulations and codes. ​ Mr. Fall graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in chemistry. Mr. Fall is a member of the National Utility Contractors Association. CV and Summary of Managed Cases

  • Bruce Warner, CPA | BWMQ, Inc.

    Bruce Warner, CPA MBA, CDP, CFF, Taxes Mr. Warner has over 35 years of experience as a consultant, CPA, Certified Depreciation Professional (CDP), forensic accountant, strategic planner and regulatory executive. For 25 years, he served in regulatory, strategic planning and accounting management capacities for Williams Gas Pipelines-West and Kern River Gas Transmission Company. His management experience includes: rates and governmental affairs, property and inventory accounting, financial reporting, regulatory research, tariffs, nominations and strategic planning. While the Director of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs and Manager of Rates and Strategic Planning in those organizations, he directed the litigation or settlement of six complete natural gas pipeline rate cases, two postage stamp vs. zone rate hearings and one storage service unbundling proceeding. ​ Mr. Warner testified and/or presented testimony on regulatory policy, rate design, levelized and traditional rates, cost of service, capital structure and depreciation issues before the Federal Regulatory Energy Regulatory Commission. He sponsored evidence on transmission depreciation, unit-of production depreciation, negative salvage, depreciation of levelized assets and depreciation rates for general plant. ​ He directed the litigation and testified for Williams' Alaskan refinery before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in a state rate case pertaining to the oil pipeline rates charged on the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. He testified before the British Columbia Utilities Commission in a comparative pipeline hearing. He testified on the impact of regulation on valuations in ad valorem tax proceedings before the Utah and idaho state tax commissions. He testified before the Nebraska state commission on issues pertaining to new gas pipelines. ​ Mr. Warner managed Williams Gas Pipeline-West’s strategic planning function and facilitated effective strategies for the business unit. During that period, he directed financing, cost of service and rate studies and strategies for investments in expansion projects ($2 billion), including for Northwest Pipeline Corporation, Kern River Gas Transmission Company, and the Georgia Straight Pipeline Project, a project to deliver gas from Washington State to Vancouver Island in British Columbia. ​ Since joining BWMQ in 2006, Mr. Warner has provided services to natural gas pipelines, electric generators, oil pipelines, natural gas producers, refineries, gas and electric distributors, and state agencies. Projects have included: cost of service, depreciation and rate design work for rate cases and infrastructure expansion projects; providing studies of emerging industry issues (LNG, fuel and lost and unaccounted-for gas); evaluating potential acquisitions for midstream, gas pipeline and gas and electric distribution clients; performing competition and marketing studies; forensic accounting for litigation in the oil pipeline industry; bankruptcy claim valuation; studies to value electric generation assets; and providing income tax consulting associated with master limited partnerships. He has provided training courses on regulatory and financial topics for clients and the industry. ​ Mr. Warner graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University in 1975. He received an MBA degree from the University of Utah in 1981. He is a licensed certified public accountant in Utah and was formerly licensed in Illinois. Mr. Warner is certified in financial forensics by the American Institute of CPAs. Mr. Warner has held Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses. While working for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago and San Francisco during the 1970s, his audit clients included a variety of banks, and gas and electric utilities. He has prepared income tax returns for corporations, LLCs and partnerships and has advised clients on a variety of income tax issues. Mr. Warner has served his community in Rotary International. He taught accounting, income tax and finance courses at the University of Phoenix. Mr. Warner has taught finance, auditing and business english at Xi'an International Studies University in Xi'an, China as part of the BYI China Teachers Program. CV and Summary of Managed Cases

  • Barry E. Sullivan | BWMQ, Inc.

    Barry E. Sullivan Economist Mr. Sullivan joined BWMQ in September 2005. He was elected President of BWMQ in April 2006 and CEO in March 2015. At the end of 2019, Mr. Sullivan made the decision to retire his position and become an Associate. He will be available for consultation on an as needed basis. Mr. Sullivan’s recent work as an expert witness before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Canadian National Energy Board has concerned the following issues: market power and market-based rates in oil and natural gas pipeline proceedings, natural gas pipeline rate design, short-term rate design, return on equity, the appropriate Proxy Group companies utilized in return on equity studies, business risk of natural gas pipeline companies, oil pipeline ratemaking and prudent cost recovery, and economic life, depreciation and negative salvage studies for natural gas and oil pipeline companies in formal FERC rate case proceedings. ​ Mr. Sullivan’s most recent filed testimonies are in the Enable MRT - Docket No. RP18-923, Trailblazer - Docket No. RP18-922, and Empire - Docket No. RP18-940 proceedings and MoGas proceeding in Docket No. RP18-877. Mr. Sullivan's testimony concerned business risk, rate design, tariff issues and the Proxy Group companies. Testimony in the Eastern Shore Proceeding in Docket No. RP17-363, concerned rate design, business risk and the Proxy Group companies; his testimony in Dominion Cove Point in Docket No. RP17-197 concerned the Proxy Group companies and business risk; his testimony in the Great Lakes proceeding in Docket No. RP17-598 concerned the Proxy Group companies and business risk; his testimony in the TIGT proceeding in Docket No. RP16-137 concerned rate design, business risk and the Proxy Group companies; his testimony in the Alliance proceeding in Docket No. RP15-1022 concerns return, business risk and the Proxy Group companies; testimony in the Sabine proceeding in Docket No. RP15-1322 involved rate design and billing determinants; testimony in the Gulf South proceeding, Docket No. RP15-65, concerns rate design, business risk and the Proxy Group entities. Testimony in the ANR Storage proceeding in Docket No. RP12-479 concerned market power and market-based pricing authority for ANR storage facilities; testimony in CenterPoint in Docket No. RP12-955, and Southern Star in RP13-941 concerned Proxy Group companies, business risk and rate design issues; TAPS testimony in Docket No. IS09-348 on prudent cost recovery and oil pipeline rates; CGT testimony in Docket No. RP11-1435 concerned rate design, short-term rates and business risk; PNGTS testimony in Docket Nos. RP10-729 and RP08-306 concerned economic life, depreciation, short-term rates, and the Proxy Group companies. Mr. Sullivan filed testimony in support of El Paso’s rate design in Docket No. RP10-1398; market power in the Mobil Pipe Line Company proceeding in Docket No. OR07-21; the Proxy Group companies included in return calculations in the Southern Natural proceeding in Docket No. RP09-427; short-term value-based rates, FERC cost allocation and rate design history, and discounting in the El Paso proceedings in Docket No. RP08-426; Commission policy and market power in the GTN proceeding in Docket No. RP06-407, an expert report in the USGen proceeding in Docket No. RP06-391, and oil pipeline ratemaking testimony in the TAPS proceeding in Docket No. IS05-82. ​ Mr. Sullivan has 38 years of experience in the natural gas pipeline, oil pipeline and electric utility industries. His areas of expertise include formal market power analysis and all facets of natural gas and oil pipeline ratemaking. He has testified as an expert witness on economic life, depreciation, cost classification, cost allocation, rate design, billing determinants, market power, market-based rates, market manipulation and other rate-related issues in numerous natural gas pipeline proceedings, oil pipeline proceedings, and electric proceedings. ​ Mr. Sullivan was employed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from March 1979 to September 2005. He retired as a Supervisor in the Technical Analysis Division of the Office of Administrative Litigation. Mr. Sullivan was a technical expert for the entire 26 years he was at the Commission and provided testimony in many formal proceedings. The areas of his expertise included: formal market power analysis, market based rates, cost allocation and rate design, oil pipeline regulation, electric utility regulation, depreciation, Mcf/mileage studies, refunctionalization studies, offshore regulation, negotiated rates, discount studies, and other regulatory issues. Mr. Sullivan has applied his expertise relating to natural gas pipeline, oil pipeline and electric utility issues in a wide range of formal proceedings at the Commission. He has developed many creative and innovative approaches to deal with these and related issues in administrative proceedings at the Commission. As a Supervisor in the Office of Administrative Litigation, Mr. Sullivan supervised, initiated, directed and coordinated the preparation and presentation of the Commission’s technical Trial Staff’s settlement and testimony position on all matters set for formal hearing in natural gas pipeline, oil pipeline and electric utility proceedings. These issues include formal market power analysis, market based rates, rate design; seasonal rates; distance based rates; separation of services (unbundling); discounting; capacity release; capacity assignments; interruptible transportation rates; storage rate design; refunctionalization studies; stranded costs; restructuring issues; incremental versus rolled-in rates; depreciation and negative salvage; cost of service and rate base issues; oil pipeline rates; tariffs and operational issues; and the resolution of contract disputes. Mr. Sullivan has testified as an expert witness on market power and market based rates, cost classification, allocation and rate design, billing determinants, depreciation, and other rate related issues in numerous natural gas rate proceedings, oil pipeline proceedings and electric proceedings. He has been responsible for various presentations to FERC Commissioners on such topics as Offshore Gathering Policy, Negotiated Rates and Discounting, Enron and Manipulation of the Western Energy Markets in 2000-2001, and Section 5 rate case proceedings. ​ Mr. Sullivan has a BA with Honors in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and attended one year of graduate Economics at the University of York, England. CV and Summary of Managed Cases

  • James (Jim) Guest | BWMQ, Inc.

    James (Jim) Guest CPA Accountant Mr. James Guest has over 32 years of experience in the electric, natural gas, and oil industries. Mr. Guest began his career in the energy industry in 1974 when he joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. During Mr. Guest’s tenure at the Commission, he served in various positions of increasing responsibilities, including as the Chief Accountant of the Commission. ​ While at the Commission, Mr. Guest directed the development and implementation of almost every major regulatory accounting policy initiative in the gas pipeline, electric utility and oil pipeline industries for the past 15 years. He guided the Commission's regulatory accounting programs through the restructuring of both the natural gas and electric utility industries and provided counsel and advice to senior Commission staff on a wide range of financial accounting, reporting, cost allocation and cost-of-service matters. He also played a major role in implementing the agency's compliance audit program for the industries and presented expert testimony on a number of accounting matters before the Commission. ​ Mr. Guest was a frequent speaker at meetings of industry accounting executives, state public utility accounting staff, and the major U. S. public accounting firms. ​ Mr. Guest received a B.S in Accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1974. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. CV and Summary of Managed Cases