C. Scott Wilson
C. Scott Wilson
Principal
Engineering Management Consulting
  • Atlanta


Mr. Wilson 's professional focus is in the Energy and Utilities sectors. Mr. Wilson has 24 years of management consulting experience, providing strategy, operations and business planning, and advisory services to energy corporations, utilities, and markets. In recent years, he has served as an executive leader with WorleyParsons’ Energy Advisory Services and a Partner with ScottMadden. His industry and business knowledge includes regional wholesale energy markets, supply and T&D operations, customer-side operations and customer service, retail market and demand-side planning, and system infrastructure/asset planning. He is active in developing energy/CleanTech strategies and plans for Smart Grid, distributed energy resources (including renewables), and other emerging customer-side energy management solutions that integrate these options into utility systems and markets. Mr. Wilson engages regularly with senior utility leaders, energy policymakers, and other market stakeholders through industry executive leadership round tables, market forums, and board events hosted by his organizations, as well as by The Brookings Institution, regulatory commissioner associations, industry organizations, public power entities and cooperatives, government-related agencies, and others.

During his career, Mr. Wilson has specialized in determining operational and business impacts associated with significant industry change (e.g., regional market restructuring; evolving energy supply, delivery, and service models; and increasing regulation), and helping clients to improve operational and market performance, manage internal acceptance and change, and guide business transformation efforts. In 1996, he founded NorthStar Concepts, Inc., a management consulting practice serving energy markets, utilities, and other industry clients for ten years. Prior to NorthStar, Mr. Wilson was a member of ScottMadden’s strategic planning practice for six years. In 1984–1988, he served as a U.S. Army officer stationed in Europe with U.S. nuclear weapons and U.S./West German Army combat engineer units. He earned the EIT and U.S. Army Airborne qualifications while at the Virginia Military Institute.

As a senior advisor and consultant to the Energy and Utilities sectors, his areas of specialization and experience include:

  • Strategy development, market and business planning, and operations planning for:

    • Energy—regional markets, wholesale power, generation, delivery, field services, and customer-side operations
    • CleanTech—advanced (smart) grid, energy efficiency/energy management, DR, distributed energy, storage, renewables, and utility analytics
    • Investor/Public Enterprise and Organizational Management—market/enterprise economic value, system operations, infrastructure, and business process/organization design
    • Customer Markets—“knowledge-based” segmentation, customer experience, product/service quality and delivery, and retail end-use strategies and programs
  • Technology planning, application, and intellectual property (IP) management
  • Measurement and verification (M&V) and energy efficiency/audit
  • Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard strategy execution
  • Industry speaking and executive/organizational facilitation experience.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.B.A., Business Administration, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1990
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Military Institute (VMI), 1984

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

AEE board-certified measurement and verification professional (CMVP)

AEE board-certified energy audit professional (CEA)

Publications

Brown RE, Wilson CS, van Nispen H. Becoming the utility of the future. IEEE Power and Energy Magazine Sept/Oct 2016; 14(5):57-65.

Natural Gas Task Force, Member, The Brookings Institution, October 2014.

Demand Response World Forum 2014, Conference and Session Chair, Smart Grid Observer, October 2014.

Cohesively Developing Demand Response, Distributed Energy Resources and Smart Grid Through Microgrids — Value in the Modern Energy Market, MACRUC 19th Annual Education Conference, June 2014.

Global Electricity and Technology Roundtable, Member, The Brookings Institution, April 2014.

Natural Gas Task Force, Member, The Brookings Institution, April 2014. 

New Utility Business Models in the Face of Rapid Technological Change, Consecutive multi-panel session, Co-chair and Moderator, NARUC Winter Committee Meetings, February 2014. 

1st Senior Leadership Roundtable — Southeastern US Energy Market: Develop Policy Direction Themes Supporting Distributed Energy/Advanced Grid, Roundtable Organizer/Facilitator, hosted jointly with Duke Energy and GE Digital Energy, December 2013. 

Natural Gas Task Force, Member, The Brookings Institution, November 2013. 

Global Electricity and Technology Roundtable, Member, The Brookings Institution, October 2013. 

Develop a DER Strategy for the Future — Create Utility Enterprise Value, Conference Chair and Session Facilitator, EUCI, February 2013. 

Distributed Resource and Smart Grid Investments — Identifying Benefits for Utilities, Customers, and Regulators, Workshop Facilitator, Electric Pricing Conference, EUCI, October 2011. 

Enterprise Business Drivers for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Supporting Grid Technologies — High-level Results from Comverge Utility Roundtable Study, Panelist, GridWeek 2011, September 2011. 

“Crystal Ball” Discussion — Outlook for Energy Storage in the NERC Power Regions, Session Speaker, 3rd Energy Storage Summit, IQPC – Energy & Utilities Division, November 2010. 

Smart Grid Rates and Pricing Conference, Panel Moderator and Workshop Facilitator (Smart Grid business planning and rate integration), EUCI, October 2010. 

Integrating Smart Grid Value into Utility Enterprise Business Planning, Workshop Facilitator, 3rd Smart Grid Implementation & Innovations Summit, IQPC – Energy & Utilities Division, October 2010. 

“Smart Grid Demands a Collaborative Sourcing Approach,” ScottMadden Viewpoint, August 2010. 

Power Markets and the Value of Energy Storage, Conference Chair, Panel Moderator, and Workshop Facilitator, 2nd Energy Storage Summit, IQPC – Energy & Utilities Division, May 2010. 

Integrating Smart Grid Analysis and Valuation into Utility Enterprise Business Planning, Workshop Facilitator, 2nd Smart Metering Implementation Summit, IQPC – Energy & Utilities Division, April 2010. 

Integrating Smart Grid Analysis and Valuation into Utility Enterprise Business Planning (workshop), and Demand Response Management/HAN (panel chair/facilitator), Smart Metering, Networking and Operations Summit, IQPC – Energy & Utilities Division, December 2009 (update: conference postponed). 

Solar Workforce Development Opportunities, Speaker/Panelist, Solar Power International '09, SEPA/SEIA, October 2009. 

Integrating Smart Grid Analysis and Valuation into Utility Enterprise Business Planning, Workshop Session, Smart Grid Implementation Summit, IQPC – Energy & Utilities Division, August 2009. 

A Powerful Issue for the Future Rate Case – The Push for Demand Response, Energy Efficiency, and Conservation (panel host/facilitator), The Art of Future Rate Cases Conference, EUCI, October 2008. 

The Value of Energy Efficiency to Sustainability in a Carbon Constrained World, Georgia Environmental Conference, August 2008. 

Emerging Technologies: “Active” Energy Efficiency and Demand Response in the Utility of the Future, 2008 North Carolina Statewide Board Retreat (electric cooperatives), June 2008. 

“Boundary Issues – The ‘Obscured’ Regulatory Clash,” World-Generation’s World-Gen, March/April 2008. 

Value of the Intelligent Grid in the Utility of the Future, EEI Strategic Issues Roundtable, October 2007. 

Demand Response: Enabling the “5th Fuel,” G&T Resource Planning Association, October 2007. 

Technology Trends for Co-ops – What’s Down the Road?, EMCT 2007 Technology Conference, August 2007. 

“Begin Load Shaping Today – Utility of the Future,” World-Generation’s World-Gen, May/June 2007. 

“Services Procurement & Contract Management (SPCM): Building the ROI Case for SPCM,” Energy Central’s Energy Pulse, June 2004. 

“The 2003 US Northeast Blackout: An Opportunity for Energy Companies to Regain Customer, Investor and Market Confidence,” Energy Central’s Energy Pulse, September 2003 

“Tap the Internet for Your E-Business Solutions,” Radio Ink, May 2003. 

Prior Experience

Founder and CEO, CSWilsongroup International Advanced Energy Advisory, 2012–2014

Director, Energy Advisory Services (EAS) Group, WorleyParsons, 2011–2012

Partner (October 2008 − 2011); Director (April 2006 − September 2008), ScottMadden, Inc. 2006–2011

President and Co-founder, NorthStar Concepts, Inc., 1996–2006

Managing Associate, Senior Associate, and Associate, ScottMadden, Inc., 1990–1996

Captain, 1st Lieutenant, and 2nd Lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, United States Army 1984–1988 

Professional Affiliations

The International Council on Large Electric Systems/USNC—CIGRE (2014)

Association of Energy Engineers—AEE (2009)

Efficiency Valuation Organization—EVO (2009)

Project Experience

Electric/Gas Distribution Balanced Scorecard (BSC) Strategy Development for Utility of the Future “Next Generation” Advanced Energy Technology Center of Excellence (COE) Strategy and Business Model

Demand Response and Distributed Energy Resource Value Management

Smart Grid/Advanced Energy Resource Strategy and Business Planning

Fleet Generation Operations and Maintenance Strategy and Plant Procedures Book for Organized Energy Markets

Customer Experience/Service Improvement Strategy

AMI/Smart Grid Value Assessment and Implementation Planning

C&I Market Growth Strategy and Segment Planning

Utility Market Scenario, Strategy, and Business Planning

Utility Function Operational Reviews and Performance Improvement

Regional Power Market Assessments and Opportunity Planning

Generation/T&D Operations and Service Company Planning (included green energy offerings)

Generation Performance/Benchmarking Assessment

Energy and Fuel Market Due-diligence

Business Planning and Organizational Redesign

Intellectual Property Management

Utility Economic Development

Market/Utility Competitive Intelligence

Knowledge

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.B.A., Business Administration, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1990
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Military Institute (VMI), 1984

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

AEE board-certified measurement and verification professional (CMVP)

AEE board-certified energy audit professional (CEA)