The Wired Group anticipates playing a role in the evolution of the distribution utility industry as it grapples with technological advances, changing customer expectations, and increasing societal interest in environmental impact.
The Wired Group helps its clients unleash the latent value in distribution utility businesses. Advocates, regulatory staff, utility suppliers, and industry associations ask the Wired Group to provide them with objective information and decision support regarding vision, strategy, execution, stakeholder engagement, and performance measurement for critical distribution business issues including smart grid, demand response, and distributed energy.
Wired Group team members are experienced in a wide array of disciplines (electrical engineering, economics, finance, marketing, organizational development, information technology) and a number of distribution utility businesses (smart grid, demand response, and distributed energy).
The Wired Group is fiercely independent and resolutely objective. Our only goal is to help our clients make the most informed decisions possible. We maintain no relationships with investor-owned utilities, and offer no services that might bias the advice and counsel we deliver. For our perspective on grid modernization, please see our open letter to US business and residential electric consumers.
The Wired Group is the proud developer of the Utility Evaluator performance benchmarking software application. In addition, Wired Group associates are thought leaders and active authors, and are involved in many utility industry publications, conferences, and associations.
The Wired Group enjoys a strong and growing reputation for integrity and unbiased perspective, particularly among regulators. The Wired Group's focus on obtaining fact-based solutions to client challenges have earned the firm and its team of seasoned professionals the respect of regulators, utility managers, and peers across the US.
The Wired Group is led by Paul Alvarez, formerly the utility practice leader at sustainable development advisory firm MetaVu, Inc. At MetaVu, Mr. Alvarez led teams that conducted comprehensive, independent evaluations of two high-profile smart grid deployments, including Xcel Energy's SmartGridCity and Duke Energy's Cincinnati deployment for the PUC of Ohio. Mr. Alvarez has been active in the distribution utility industry for almost two decades and has testified before regulatory commissions in California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Ohio. He is the author of Smart Grid Hype and Reality -- A Systems Approach to Maximizing Customer Return on Utility Investment. He is also an adjunct professor for the University of Colorado's Global Energy Management Program and the Advanced Regulatory Studies program at Michigan State University. Mr. Alvarez holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Indiana University and a Master's degree in Management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
Wired Group President Paul Alvarez, center, serving on a panel at the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid National Town Meeting in Washington, D.C..
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