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Energy Storage in the Northwest

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Thursday, January 25, 2018

Modern grid storage has evolved from dams and pumped hydroelectric storage to large stationary batteries and flywheels, and the conversion of heat or cold in to the form of hot water or ice.  Storage resources, in bulk or distributed form, are being used to smooth the variability of renewable resources, such as wind or solar power, and to smooth the variability of energy loads like interior space heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Even though hydroelectric dam storage has dominated the Northwest for many years, newer forms of storage, like battery storage, show significant potential for widespread and common use, especially combined with solar power for grid reliability and resilience. Globally, the focus is on battery systems as they continue to drop in price and hold more and more capacity. This focus is fueling a burgeoning storage market that offers significant capabilities with flexible control operations. Battery storage can be located on a distributed basis almost anywhere—from residential garages to commercial buildings to utility distribution and transmission substations, or even to turbine power plants to provide supplemental spinning reserves. As a result, the values that battery storage bring can be numerous, including allowing consumers a safe, environmentally friendly way to keep the lights on during Northwest storms, reducing a commercial facility’s spikes in demand charges, and meeting the grid’s peak load and oversupply needs.

The excitement and optimism for all forms of energy storage was extremely high and clearly evident among the participants of the Smart Grid Northwest Demand Response & Energy Storage Summit held September 27-28, 2017, in Portland, Oregon.

Download our white paper Energy Storage in the Northwest to learn some of the key topics policy makers and program/project decision makers should consider when looking into storage for an organization and roles storage advocates can play. 

Key topics from the paper include:
•The existing environment for energy storage in the Northwest
•Best practices for planning for storage
•Ways to build the business case for storage
•The balance between value-stacking and maintaining the longevity of battery systems

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Tags:  Cadmus  energy storage  northwest  smart grid 

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Cadmus Leaders Receive Prestigious Solar Industry Certification: Two Engineers Named NABCEP Certified PV System Inspectors

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Thursday, August 10, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2017—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that two of its engineers, Matt Piantedosi and Chris Houtz, have earned one of the solar industry’s newest and most comprehensive certifications of its kind from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP®) and are now NABCEP Certified PV System Inspectors.

NABCEP is a highly respected and well-established national certification organization for renewable energy professionals. Designation as a NABCEP PV System Inspector is the most advanced certification of its kind in the solar industry.

To earn the NABCEP certification, Piantedosi and Houtz were required to pass a rigorous exam that covers the breadth of the multi-craft knowledge, skills, and abilities required to competently design, install, and maintain PV systems. The exam assesses knowledge on subjects as diverse as electrical and mechanical system design, job site safety, the National Electrical Code, roofing and construction techniques, and system maintenance and troubleshooting.

“Cadmus is committed to ensuring our professionals lead the industry in promoting energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the development of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar,” said Terry Fry, Senior Vice President, Cadmus. “Chris and Matt earning this new, highly respected certification adds another level of expertise—and trust—for our clients.”


NABCEP is a non‐profit organization governed by a board of directors consisting of volunteer representatives of the solar industry, NABCEP certificants, renewable energy organizations, state policy makers, educational institutions, and the trades. NABCEP’s mission is to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners by supporting and working closely with stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. To learn more, visit

About The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Cadmus provides professional consulting services that help clients achieve their goals and create social and economic value today and for future generations. By applying exceptional technical expertise and a highly collaborative approach, we deliver customized solutions that address complex challenges facing the realms of natural and built environments, energy, public health, climate, homeland security, and international development. Cadmus’ more than 500 consultants serve government, commercial, and nongovernmental organizations in the United States and abroad.



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Terry Fry Appointed to Lead Cadmus’ Energy Services

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Monday, May 8, 2017

Energy industry veteran will serve as senior vice president for leading consulting firm’s energy services

WALTHAM, Mass., April 19, 2017—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that it has appointed Terry Fry senior vice president of energy services. Fry will lead the firm’s strategic development and delivery of technical services in support of energy utilities; regulatory bodies; federal, state, and local governments; and businesses across North America.

“Terry is an exceptional business leader and strategist and is widely respected across the industry as a thought leader,” said President and CEO Ian Kline. “He brings a fresh and insightful perspective and deep industry knowledge to Cadmus. Just as importantly, he complements our existing team extraordinarily well. I am delighted that Terry has joined our leadership team as we continue to expand and enhance our technical capabilities and expertise.”

Fry has been an active proponent of efficient energy production and use for more than 30 years. He has led and participated in numerous assignments on end-use energy efficiency, market development, institutional assessment, regulatory development and efficient power production in countries around the world, as well as for investor-owned utilities in North America. He serves as board chair of the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council and is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee.

“Cadmus’ reputation in the energy space is formidable, and the skills, expertise, and ingenuity demonstrated by Cadmus consultants are ideally suited to help our clients in this critical junction for the industry,” said Fry. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the Cadmus team.”

Hossein Haeri, Cadmus’ previous senior vice president of energy services, will remain with Cadmus, providing senior leadership in support of clients, technical delivery, business development, and training.

Cadmus leverages in-depth understanding of the energy market, evaluation protocols, and analytical methods to help clients stay ahead of rapidly evolving technologies and regulatory policies. Our core areas of expertise include energy policy, energy efficiency, demand response, renewables and distributed generation, potential studies, resource planning, finance, greenhouse gas emissions, smart grid technology, and sustainability. To learn more, please visit

About The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Cadmus provides professional consulting services that help clients achieve their goals and create social and economic value today and for future generations. By applying exceptional technical expertise and a highly collaborative approach, we deliver customized solutions that address complex challenges facing the realms of natural and built environments, energy, public health, climate, homeland security, and international development. Cadmus’ more than 500 consultants serve government, commercial, and nongovernmental organizations in the United States and abroad. Learn more at

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Cut Costs With Cadmus’ New Meter Leasing Services

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Thursday, January 12, 2017
Cadmus is proud to announce new meter leasing offerings for a wide range of measurement, evaluation, and verification activities. We can provide wired and wireless solutions over Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and 3G cellular networks. Our large inventory includes metering equipment for lighting, plug loads, appliances, HVAC, and commercial and industrial loads at a very competitive price. Learn more and reserve yours at:

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Change is in the Wind: New York Leads the Way

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Tuesday, July 19, 2016

By Brian Hedman

The lower costs and increased acceptance of distributed generation, storage, and energy efficiency are changing the hundred-year-old relationship between utilities and their customers. Throughout the last century, utilities generated and distributed power to their customers. The utility was granted a franchise area and an authorized return on any investments in exchange for the obligation to provide power to each customer within the franchise area.

Rapid changes in technology are turning that arrangement on its head. Customers now have the ability to generate and store their own power, often at a lower cost than purchasing power from the utility. Customers are also becoming more efficient in their use of power and may actually sell excess power back to the utility. This has led utility regulators to question whether the regulations of the last hundred years are still appropriate, or whether a new approach is required that allows utilities to generate revenues and profits from services other than traditional investments in generation, transmission, and distribution facilities. The New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding is showing how it can be done.

A model for changing markets

In May 2016, the New York Public Service Commission issued an order that adopts a framework for ratemaking and a new revenue platform for utilities. The order builds on a conventional cost-of-service approach and adds market-based and outcome-based earning opportunities. This provides utilities with four ways to achieve earnings:

-Traditional cost-of-service

- Achievement of alternatives that reduce utility capital spending and provide consumer benefit

- Market-facing platform activities

- Transitional outcome-based performance measures

The changes proposed by the Order are based on three fundamental principles: First, the Commission recognizes that the grid that was designed as unidirectional is becoming more diversified and bidirectional. This will make the grid more resilient and will engage customers and third parties. Second, the standard of universal, reliable, and secure electricity delivery at just and reasonable prices remains a function of regulated utilities. Finally, the overall efficiency of the electricity system can, and will, improve by assuring a more productive mix of utility and third-party investments.

Specific measures identify priorities

To move the utility revenue model away from traditional cost-of-service, the Commission proposes near-term changes and longer-term initiatives; however, they note that, with billions of dollars of needed infrastructure improvements, rapid technological advancements, and potential carbon reduction requirements, the historic pace of regulatory change is inadequate. To that end, the Commission has identified and ordered several specific measures......

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Cadmus Hires Jennie Rice to Lead Strategic Decision Support Practice

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Friday, June 17, 2016

WALTHAM, Mass., June 16, 2016—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that it has hired a new principal, Jennie Rice, to lead a new practice providing strategic decision support for clients in the private and public sectors. This practice will provide decision and risk analysis services to help organizations make robust business strategy, portfolio management, and resource allocation decisions, while building support from internal and external stakeholders.

“Cadmus has long anticipated our clients’ evolving needs to offer technical expertise and advisory services of the highest caliber in an expanding number of markets and capabilities,” said President and CEO Ian Kline. “In bringing Jennie into our firm, we’re welcoming a tremendous talent in areas of critical importance to the future resilience and prosperity of our clients.”

Jennie Rice

Jennie Rice leads Cadmus’ strategic decision support practice.

“Challenges such as shifting market dynamics, evolving regulations, new technologies, and climate change require not only sophisticated analytics, but also smart decision processes to effectively address complexity, uncertainty, and risk,” said Rice. “With this new practice, we integrate analytics within the decision support process to help organizations ask the right questions, formulate and evaluate strategies, and take the necessary steps to mitigate risks, adapt to changing conditions, and thrive. I’m thrilled to be joining Cadmus to offer these services.”

Rice has more than two decades of experience helping clients in the energy, water, health, and climate science arenas make sound decisions in the face of socioeconomic, environmental, technological, and policy uncertainties and risks. Prior to joining Cadmus, she led the development and application of a multi-sector modeling framework for the U.S. Department of Energy/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory that projected the impacts of climate policy and climate change on the energy, agriculture, and water sectors in the United States.

Papers authored or co-authored by Rice have been published in the journals Climatic Change, Energy, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, and Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, among others. She is a member of the Society for Risk Analysis and the American Geophysical Union.

The strategic decision support practice will leverage Cadmus’ expertise in the energy, water, and health sectors and will supplement existing offerings in utility resource and system planning, climate security and resilience, greenhouse gas and sustainability reporting, and disaster management.

About The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Cadmus provides professional consulting services that help clients achieve their goals and create social and economic value today and for future generations. By applying exceptional technical expertise and a highly collaborative approach, we deliver customized solutions that address complex challenges facing the realms of natural and built environments, energy, public health, climate, homeland security, and international development. Cadmus’ more than 450 consultants serve government, commercial, and nongovernmental organizations in the United States and abroad.

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Cadmus Completes Deal to Acquire Obsidian Analysis

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4, 2016—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that it has completed a transaction to acquire Washington, D.C.-based consultancy Obsidian Analysis, Inc. (Obsidian). With this acquisition, Cadmus offers the technical and domain expertise necessary to address many of the most complex risks and challenges facing governments, communities, and businesses worldwide—from climate, energy, and water to security and resilience. Service to Obsidian’s existing client base will continue uninterrupted.

ObsidianLogo-webObsidian is a leading provider of management consulting services across the full range of security and resilience domains. With the addition of Obsidian, Cadmus’ portfolio of services for government and commercial organizations expands to include Obsidian’s cutting-edge emergency management, hazard preparedness, business resilience, cybersecurity, and national security expertise. These capabilities strategically complement Cadmus’ existing scientific, engineering, and policy expertise in energy, climate change, water, health, critical infrastructure, and the natural and built environments to create a unified firm that is uniquely positioned to help its clients thrive in a rapidly changing landscape.

“Our strategic partnership with Obsidian creates a comprehensive suite of expert offerings that governments and commercial organizations require to address the challenges presented by our changing world,” said Cadmus President and CEO Ian Kline. “In complex emerging areas of risk, such as climate change, water scarcity, public health protection, increasing urbanization, and resilience of critical infrastructure, our new firm now offers best-in-class expertise and experience.”

“By joining Cadmus, we are locking arms with a highly successful, high-energy, and like-minded company to bring increased capabilities to our existing clients while opening up opportunities to explore new areas,” said Obsidian president and co-founder Kevin O’Prey, Ph.D.

About Obsidian, A Cadmus Company

Washington, DC-based Obsidian provides outstanding management consulting services to decision makers across the full range of homeland security and business resilience domains. Obsidian’s capabilities cover the entire life-cycle of decision making—from analysis/assessment, to planning, to course-of-action development, to evaluation, to training and exercising, to stakeholder outreach and engagement. Founded by Dr. Kevin P. O’Prey and Matthew Travis, Obsidian was acquired by The Cadmus Group, Inc. in 2016.

Headwaters MB served as exclusive financial advisor to Obsidian in this transaction.

Pier Six Capital, LLC provided strategic and M&A support to Cadmus with respect to this transaction.

Tags:  cadmus  climate  energy  obsidian  resilience  security  water 

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Cadmus Makes Three Strategic Senior Hires to Strengthen Development, Resilience Services

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

WALTHAM, Mass., December 21, 2015—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus), an environmental and energy consulting firm, today announced three major strategic hires that signal its commitment to expanding its services to meet the needs of its clients. Jennifer Curtin, James Hanlon, and Emily Wasley Seyller bring a wealth of experience and specialized expertise that will better help Cadmus’ clients address their most pressing environmental, energy, and economic challenges.

“Jennifer, Jim, and Emily are all extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and dynamic figures in their fields, who bring a phenomenal level of industry expertise to our firm,” said President and CEO Ian Kline. “I’m honored to have them join our team and very excited to work with them to help our clients develop innovative solutions to their most critical challenges.”

Jennifer Curtin

Jennifer Curtin

Jennifer Curtin, principal, specializes in environmental law and federal real estate policy. At Cadmus, she will be helping clients balance the priorities of environmental and economic development through innovative approaches to property reuse, public-private partnerships, and sustainability. Curtin has more than 25 years of experience in land use policy development and implementation, most recently at the Department of Defense. The list of civilian federal clients she has supported includes the U.S. General Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Curtin is based in the Washington, D.C., area. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Park Trust and is a member of the National Brownfield Association and the Federal Real Property Association.

Jim Hanlon

Jim Hanlon

Jim Hanlon, principal, will serve as a key adviser in support of federal efforts to implement legislation improving environmental infrastructure in the United States. Hanlon’s distinguished career in public service included 40 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Water Program, most recently as director of the Agency’s Office of Wastewater Management, a position he held for more than 10 years. Among many achievements at EPA, he managed the implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program; managed federal financial assistance programs, including the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program with over $100 billion of assets in place; and led the design and launch of EPA’s WaterSense program.

Hanlon is based in the Washington, D.C., area. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his superb service, including the Meritorious Service Award on two occasions (bestowed by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama), and is a member of the Water Environment Federation and American Society of Civil Engineers.

Emily Wasley Seyller

Emily Wasley Seyller

Emily Wasley Seyller, senior associate, specializes in climate adaptation and resilience to help federal, regional, state, and local governments and organizations prepare for, and respond to, the impacts of global and climate change. She has applied her skills as a coordinator, collaborator, and policy strategist to support executive-level stakeholders and policymakers across the federal government and in communities nationwide. Prior to joining Cadmus, Seyller served as the Inform Decisions and Adaptation Science Program Manager with the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s National Coordination Office, where, among other accomplishments, she was instrumental in coordinating and translating science to inform adaptation decisions across the Federal government and served as a contributing author of the Third National Climate Assessment’s Adaptation Chapter.

Seyller is based in Cadmus’ Oakland, California, office. She also serves as an adjunct fellow for the American Security Project and is a member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee.

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Department of Energy Releases New Green Bank Report at Paris Climate Talks

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Cadmus Contributed, Led Research Team

ARLINGTON, Va., December 16, 2015—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus), an energy and environmental consulting firm, announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) had released a first-of-its kind report exploring mechanisms for encouraging private investment in clean energy, based on research and analysis conducted by a Cadmus-led team. Department Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the report’s release at the Paris climate talks on December 7, 2015.

Energy Investment Partnerships: How State and Local Governments Are Engaging Private Capital to Drive Clean Energy Investments examines energy investment partnerships (EIPs, also known as green banks) adopted by eight states across the United States. EIPs are innovative financing mechanisms designed to stimulate and facilitate investment in clean energy through public-private partnerships. Cadmus was proud to lead the team of contributing authors that produced this report in collaboration with the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA).

The report finds that programs in the states studied—California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Oregon—were able to expand their impact beyond what would be possible with public funding alone by leveraging private capital. Furthermore, the evidence from these programs shows that EIPs allow for the creativity and flexibility necessary to meet the diverse needs of different states, regions, municipalities, and markets.

The report can be accessed in full on DOE’s website:

Cadmus conducts financing research exploring options for encouraging investments in green infrastructure and development. We work with governments, utilities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to develop programs that remove financial hurdles to investment in clean energy, energy efficiency, and infrastructure. Learn more about our financial program design and evaluation services.

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New CDP Climate Change Report Shows Cadmus Clients are Carbon Leaders

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Friday, December 4, 2015

WALTHAM, MASS., December 4, 2015—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that multiple Cadmus clients have earned a place in the CDP Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), as reported in “CDP Climate Change Report 2015: The mainstreaming of low-carbon on Wall Street.”

Cadmus was present to support its clients’ successes at CDP’s 2015 U.S. Climate Change Report Launch in New York, NY, on November 16, 2015, which was attended by CDP respondents and corporate climate leaders from a variety of industries and sectors.

CDP partner logo 2015Clients who engaged Cadmus for assistance with their 2015 CDP responses earned consistently high scores, with the majority, including first-time responders, receiving disclosure scores in the 90s. Most received scores ranging from 96-100, 100 being the highest possible score.

“Not only are our clients who complete CDP responses signaling their commitment to sustainability, they are also evaluating how climate strategy can improve overall company performance and increasing their resilience for the future,” said Kate Swayne Wilson, director of Cadmus’ greenhouse gas (GHG) and sustainability reporting practice. “We congratulate them on their exemplary performance, which shows them to be leaders in an increasingly carbon-conscious business community.”

Cadmus is a multi-year Silver Consultancy Partner in the United States for CDP, the largest voluntary GHG emissions and climate strategy reporting organization in the world. CDP invites a limited number of leading consultancies to partner with it to assist companies in completing the CDP information requests which include questions on GHG emissions, energy use, climate strategy, and the risks and opportunities from climate change from thousands of the world’s largest companies.

Cadmus has more than nine years of experience working with organizations to achieve optimal CDP scores and to quantify and reduce GHG emissions. We also help clients set science-based emissions targets, bring together key stakeholders to develop robust, yet sound, corporate climate change policies, goals, and implementation plans within an organization. Learn more at

About The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Cadmus is an employee-owned consultancy committed to helping our clients address complex challenges by applying diverse skills and experiences in a highly collaborative environment. By assisting our clients in achieving their goals, we create social and economic value today and for future generations. Founded in 1983, we leverage our staff’s exceptional expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering, social sciences, strategic communication, architecture and design, law, policy analysis, and the liberal arts to provide an array of research and analytical services in the United States and abroad.

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