Howard Solganick has been actively engaged in the utility industry for over 40 years, with substantial experience ranging from consulting engagements to business development to utility operations. This includes over 12 years of direct utility experience spanning generation, power purchasing, planning, performance optimization, customer service, and regulatory functions, and over 20 years as an independent consultant. Among other things, Howard has developed operating elements and business ventures, negotiated high value medium and long-term contracts, and implemented business systems, operating functions and profit centers. He has assisted new entrants to develop products and services for introduction to the utility and energy marketplace. He has also acted as an expert witness in a number of utility and regulatory areas, and has extensive experience in regulatory relations.
Howard’s specific areas of expertise include management audits for regulatory commissions; operational reviews and expert testimony for outage management and preparation, customer communications, and logistics; regulatory and media relations and management for high profile situations like transmission line siting and approvals, power plant siting and certificate of need processes, and potential mass outages; pre-audit counseling, management audit planning, and implementation and post-audit tracking and regulatory relations; and arbitration and mediation for high-dollar-value energy and contract dispute resolution.
Howard’s primary role at EPP includes anticipating the storm-related needs of regulators and other external stakeholders as it relates to developing emergency plans, conducting drills and exercises, and facilitating post-event reviews. He also performs post-storm investigations for major events at the request of both utilities and regulators. For example, Howard was engaged by a large utility to review its restoration performance after a major hurricane, and then to provide testimony in support of the utility’s emergency rate treatment of the massive restoration costs. He was also engaged by two other utilities to review their restoration performance, and to provide support to the companies as they explained their response to state regulators.
Howard has a B.S. from Carnegie Tech in Mechanical Engineering (minor in Economics) and a M.S. from Drexel University in Engineering Management (minor in Law). He is a Professional Engineer in PA and NJ, a Professional Planner in NJ, and has served on zoning and planning boards in three townships.