Michael Katz, M.S., P.E.

Senior Consultant

Michael has over thirty years experience in electric and natural gas markets, risk management, strategic planning and operations of physical assets. As an Independent Evaluator of San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E’s) and Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) procurement processes, he led VHC’s evaluation and reporting on the IOU’s entire solicitation, evaluation and selection process. Earlier, he examined alternative electricity technologies and supplies, including wholesale purchases and on-site generation as part of VHC’s contribution to the Electrical Master Plan for the Port of Long Beach, one of the world’s busiest ports. He advises clients on contracts, regulations, market strategy, technology, power plant and group management and operations.

Prior to 2003, Mike led PG&E’s Power Generation Department, where he managed 600 people who operated and maintained hydro and gas-fired units and sold electricity products into California electricity markets. He created a tight linkage between the operations and trading to maximize the value of PG&E’s generation assets. In previous positions as Director of Generation Portfolio Management and Power Generation Business Planning and in positions in Power Generation and Electric Resources Planning, he:

  • Led the team to develop systems and processes for selling electricity at lowest cost into California’s newly created energy markets,
  • Assembled and led an electricity trading team that evolved with rapidly changing market conditions, rules, and contract provisions,
  • Created and presented investment and spending strategies for PG&E’s portfolio of gas-fired, geothermal and hydro units,
  • Developed value-based goals and performance metrics for the department,
  • Led the asset selection initiative for the sale of gas-fired power plants,
  • Created new performance metrics and goals for the business unit,
  • Led the effort to phase-out the older gas-fired units,
  • Managed a $200 million budget and optimized spending strategies, resulting in annual, savings of approximately $2 million/year,
  • Prepared evaluations of generation technology options that considered the technologies’ risk profiles and fuel diversity benefits,
  • Prepared and presented testimony on the cost of generation options,
  • Built electric resource plans considering both supply- and demand-side alternatives, and
  • Evaluated numerous utility investment options.

Mike graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and earned an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a registered Mechanical Engineer in California.