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  • Filing Services | BWMQ, Inc.

    Public Utility Filing Services BWMQ provides its clients assistance with making regulatory filings, compliance with FERC regulations, and offers training.

  • Christopher A. John | BWMQ, Inc.

    Christopher A. John Economist Mr. Christopher ("Chris") John has over 35 years experience in the oil pipeline, natural gas pipeline, and electric utility industries. Mr. John began his career in the energy industry in 1979 when he was employed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. During Mr. John's tenure at the Commission, he served in various positions of increasing responsibilities, including the technical advisor to Commissioner Breathitt from 1998 to the time of his retirement from the Commission in September, 2002. Mr. John is presently serving as a Vice President of Brown, Williams, Moorhead & Quinn, Inc., a leading energy consulting firm with offices in Washington DC and Houston TX. ​ In October 2002, Mr. John began his employment with Brown, Williams, Moorhead & Quinn, Inc. He has provided technical and/or policy assistance to numerous natural gas pipelines, oil pipelines, electric utilities, local distribution companies and customers thereof: Expert testimony on interstate natural gas pipeline rate, tariff and policy issues; Development of compliance manual for interstate natural gas pipelines; Development of company-specific compliance plans for interstate natural gas pipeline and storage companies; Support in FERC enforcement proceedings; Development of market power studies for market-based rate applications; Development of full FERC Gas Tariffs for interstate natural gas pipeline and storage companies; Assistance in the development of documents in support of new projects, including transportation service agreement, construction-related issues and protocols and development of cost of service and rate/tolls for new certificate projects; Development of rate models and Statements of Operating Conditions for intrastate natural gas pipelines providing interstate natural gas service; Support in development of filings for intrastate natural gas rate proceedings; Development of initial rate models for FERC jurisdictional oil pipeline proceedings; Development of Rules and Regulations for oil pipeline companies; Support for FERC eFilings made by interstate natural gas and storage companies, intrastate natural gas companies, oil pipeline companies and electric utilities; Provided electric and gas clients with updates and input on current rulemakings, rate/toll policies and other issuances relevant to their business; Support and advice on due diligence matters. ​ From 1998 to the date of his retirement in September, 2002, Mr. John was directly involved in advising Commissioner Breathitt on every major rulemaking undertaken by the Commission, including Order Nos. 637 and 2000, and pipeline certificate rulemakings. In addition to oil pipeline and natural gas pipeline policy matters, Mr. John was also extensively involved in electric policy matters. Mr. John was primarily responsible for all rate-related and rate of return issues for Commissioner Breathitt's Office. ​ Mr. John has also been responsible for preparing presentations and responses to Congressional Inquiries and has advised the Commission on complex economic, accounting, operational and legal issues in oil pipelines, natural gas pipeline and electric utility that involved the establishment of major policies. In addition, Mr. John hosted and made presentations on electric and natural gas issues to international regulatory delegations. In April 1994, Mr. John was assigned as a team leader in FERC's Division of Pipeline Rates - West. In this position, he was responsible for drafting memos and orders as well as advising the Commission on numerous complex oil pipeline and natural gas pipeline rate and tariff filings. From January 1989 until April 1994, Mr. John was assigned to the Allocation and Rate Design Branch in FERC's Office of Pipeline and Producer Regulation. In that position, he provided expert technical analysis in numerous pipeline rate proceedings on complex rate design and tariff issues. ​ Mr. John served in the United States Navy from 1972 until 1975 as an electronics technician. Mr. John earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Accounting in 1979 from Frostburg State University, in Frostburg, Maryland. CV and Summary of Managed Cases

  • Jeff C. Wright | BWMQ, Inc.

    Jeff C. Wright Associate Mr. Wright has over 35 years of experience in the natural gas pipeline, storage and LNG industries. He has testified as a leading energy expert before the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, as well as the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water and Power. Mr. Wright also represented the U.S. Government/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in presentations on federal siting procedures to numerous foreign delegations, including but not limited to, Russia, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Mexico. Mr. Wright also met regularly with his regulatory counterparts in Canada and Mexico. ​ Prior to joining BWMQ, Mr. Wright was the Director of the Office of Energy Projects at the FERC from 2009 to 2015. Prior to becoming Director, Mr. Wright served as the office's Deputy Director from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Wright's career at FERC spanned 35 years of increasing responsibility. Mr. Wright worked on many of the important interstate pipeline, storage and LNG infrastructure projects during his career at FERC. Mr. Wright supervised the analysis and subsequent approval of all natural gas pipeline facilities between 2007 and 2015; including 79.8 Bcf per day of pipeline capacity, 5,789 miles of pipeline, 3.8 million horsepower of compression at an estimated cost of $38 billion; 775 Bcf of Storage capacity, 28.5 Bcf per day of deliverability, and 729,819 horsepower of compression; and five LNG export terminals with a combined liquefaction capacity of 9.2 Bcf per day. Mr. Wright oversaw the authority to site interstate electric transmission facilities under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. ​ During his tenure with the FERC, Mr. Wright directed a staff of 340 technical professionals responsible for analyzing applications to construct and operate natural gas pipelines, natural gas storage, and liquefied natural gas terminals (for the export and/or import of natural gas); licensing non-federal hydroelectric projects, the administration and compliance with the licenses, and the safety of the dams under the agency's authority; and, overseeing the authority to site interstate electric transmission facilities under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. ​ Mr. Wright has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, December 1989. Member of Business Honor Society. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of William and Mary, May 1979. 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

  • 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

  • About | BWMQ, Inc.

    About BWMQ Brown, Williams, Moorhead & Quinn, Inc. (BWMQ) is a nationally recognized energy consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. We offer technical, economic, and policy assistance to the various segments of the natural gas pipeline industry, oil pipeline industry and electric utility industry on business and regulatory matters. ​ BWMQ provides clients with technical litigation support covering a wide range of economic and rate-making issues facing market participants in all energy transmission industries. Our consultants’ years of experience in rate design, economic analysis, depreciation, terminal decommissioning, tax allowance, and market analysis, bring clients the expert guidance they need to succeed in certificate proceedings, litigated rate cases, market explorations, and compliance filings. Brown Williams has been a trusted name in energy litigation for over thirty years.

  • Gary A. Grasso | BWMQ, Inc.

    Gary A. Grasso Economist Gary A. Grasso has rejoined Brown, Williams, Moorhead & Quinn, Inc., as a Vice President and will be working in the Washington, D.C., office, of BWMQ. ​ Gary has over 35 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

  • Consultants | BWMQ, Inc.

    consultants Officers David J. Haag PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER View Bio Vice Presidents Patrick R. Crowley, V.P. ECONOMIST View Bio Steven R. Fall, V.P. CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATOR View Bio Garry A. Grasso, V.P. ECONOMIST View Bio Alex Kirk, V.P. MATHEMATICIAN ECONOMIST View Bio Alan R. Lovinger, V.P. MBA ACCOUNTING View Bio Associates Robert J. Cupina PETROLEUM ENGINEER View Bio Teresa C. Douglas RESEARCH ANALYST/eTARIFF MANAGER View Bio Miriam Swydan Erickson DIRECTOR, GOVERNMENT RELATIONS View Bio Edward C. Gallick, Ph.D. PhD ECONOMIST View Bio James (Jim) Guest CPA ACCOUNTANT View Bio Alan C. Heintz MBA ECONOMIST View Bio Christopher A. John ECONOMIST View Bio Barry E. Sullivan ECONOMIST View Bio Bruce Warner, CPA MBA, CDP, CFF, TAXES View Bio Jeff C. Wright ASSOCIATE View Bio

  • Industries | BWMQ, Inc.

    Industries Natural Gas BWMQ has provided regulatory and financial assistance to its clients during every phase of the evolution of the natural gas marketplace from Order No. 436 to Order Nos. 636 and 637 to today’s Order No. 678, in which the FERC allows market-based rates for qualifying storage facilities. Today, the industry confronts new challenges: filings for market-based rates, unsubscribed capacity on existing pipelines, new Section 4 and 5 rate case proceedings, recovery of new pipeline safety costs, pipeline industry ownership structure, evolving picture of natural gas’ traditional supply areas, gas/electric coordination, new LNG export facilities with attendant impacts and existing infrastructure. ​ The new circumstances within the gas industry present both challenges and opportunities for nimble industry participants. BWMQ can help secure those opportunities and meet the challenges of its clients through its traditional regulatory and rate case services and also with transactional services such as assistance in structuring gas and financial transactions or in developing new infrastructure projects. BWMQ has the personnel, tools and expertise to assist by testifying in legal or regulatory forums, developing a cost recovery plan, evaluating cost of capital, advising on how to structure aspects of a client’s accounting or the financing, preparing a regulatory application or identifying the impacts of the regulatory principles that should be employed in the regulatory context under evaluation. Electric Transmission BWMQ has extensive experience in the electric transmission industry, including open-access transmission tariffs, rate design, ancillary services, traditional cost of service, nontraditional pricing methods (e.g., opportunity cost, incremental cost, incentive/disincentive rates, and market-based rates), terms and conditions of service, and transmission pricing strategies. ​ BWMQ has advised utilities on the application of the FERC's 7-factor test and on retail wheeling tariff revisions incorporated into a utility's Open Access Transmission Tariff; presented testimony in state restructuring proceedings on retail delivery services tariffs and associated cost-of-service analyses; testified at FERC on appropriate rates for reliability must-run generation; preparing load pocket tariffs, and assistance including testimony on pricing impacts of a proposed electric utility mergers. ​ BWMQ provides assistance to a large number of clients in understanding transmission issues associated with FERC's Open-Access Transmission, notices of proposed rulemaking, development of transmission pricing strategies, drafting transmission and power sales tariffs, preparation of cost of service analyses and testimony in support of transmission and ancillary services rate filings, and assisting in developing strategy for litigation and settlement negotiations. Petroleum BWMQ provides a wide range of services to the oil pipeline sector of the energy industry, which faces unique laws, regulations and industry conditions. While some cost of service issues are similar to those in the natural gas pipeline industry, many crude and refined products lines have aspects unknown to the gas world. BWMQ’s clients include pipeline operators as well as shippers, refiners, and marketers. ​ BWMQ staff consultants have extensive experience in oil work from offshore Texas to the North Slope of Alaska. BWMQ’s familiarity with the opinion 154B methodology, grandfathered rates, and “changed circumstance” thresholds is second to none. BWMQ is noted for its work on the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) rate methodology and its DR&R studies regarding the ultimate dismantlement, removal, and restoration of the facilities.

  • Advisory Services | BWMQ, Inc.

    Public Utility Advisory Services BWMQ advises clients across a wide range of economic and regulatory subjects helping to guide decision-making prior to Commission filings and acquisitions.

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