Renewable Energy Services

Exponent offers unparalleled multi-disciplinary expertise and rapid response capabilities to provide stewardship in addressing complex business, engineering, and scientific problems. We provide our clients with a team of business, engineering, construction, environmental, risk, and health specialists that is unique in the industry. The value that Exponent brings to its clients faced with the rapidly evolving renewable energy area is:


  • Power generation, transmission and distribution regulatory, systems, and operational knowledge
  • Organizational assessment, change management, and business startup expertise
  • Deep, functional knowledge of engineering fundamentals: mechanical, structural, metallurgical, chemical, electrical, economics, and more
  • Convergence of our skills in risk, reliability, and vulnerability analyses
  • Proven problem solving experience on high-profile projects

Implementing state and national renewable energy policies including carbon reduction and energy efficiency creates change for existing market participants as well as creating new entrants. Exponent’s expertise in technical and business facets of the energy system and markets provides a one-stop shop for support in this critical area.

Exponent’s veteran energy industry staff have hands on technical and managerial experience including but not limited to the areas of technical/equipment assessments, organizational assessment, process and procedure development, change management, regulatory support, environmental assessments, NERC compliance, climate change evaluations, energy economics, corrective action plans, financial transaction support, maintenance and construction advisory services, risk management, and business startup activities.

Exponent can assist utilities, renewable energy developers, transmission developers, and investors from the project feasibility stage thorough commercial operations. Exponent’s approach in assisting clients with their renewable energy projects is broken into three phases: Situational Assessment, Detailed Implementation Plan and Budget Preparation/Business Case, and Plan Execution.

Engineering Management Consulting

Exponent’s Engineering Management Consulting practice is focused on helping its clients achieve their goals. Exponent’s veteran energy industry staff have hands on technical and managerial experience including but not limited to the areas of technical/equipment assessments, organizational assessment, process and procedure development, change management, regulatory support, environmental assessments, NERC compliance, climate change evaluations, energy economics, corrective action plans, financial transaction support, maintenance and construction advisory services, risk management, and business startup activities. In addition, through its alliance partners, Exponent is able to provide transmission system analysis and market assessments using proven industry models.

Electrical Systems

Exponent has worked closely with electric utilities in matters related to power generation, distribution, and transmission. These studies and investigations range from line-siting studies to the failure analysis of major electrical equipment. Exponent has the expertise needed to analyze complex problems in power plant generating equipment and electrical and control systems; transformers, switchgears, circuit breakers and related relay and control systems; and other electrical power handling equipment. Our staff has expertise in both AC and DC transmission systems. In addition to conducting root-cause analyses related to equipment and system failures, electrical system configurations and breaker/relay coordination, Exponent has successfully mobilized interdisciplinary teams in electrical, mechanical, and thermal areas to investigate fires and explosions due to electrical origin.

Environmental Sciences

Exponent’s scientists and engineers provide proven, cost-effective, scientifically defensible, and realistic assessments and solutions to complex environmental issues. Our services include: environmental forensics, particularly advanced chemical fingerprinting; chemical transport and fate analyses in air, soil, surface water, sediments, and groundwater; technical support for regulatory compliance; real estate transactions and brownfield development; economic analyses; sustainability assessments; site remediation; product liability evaluations; and human health and ecological risk assessments. Our ecological scientists, biologists, toxicologists, and natural resource analysts provide scientifically defensible solutions and strategic support on complex environmental issues related to contaminated land and water, industrial and other development, and sustainability and restoration of resources, and technologies and products. Exponent is recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise in environmental risk and impact assessment, ecotoxicology, natural resource damage assessment (NRDA), and ecological restoration.

Mechanics & Materials

Exponent’s metallurgists, polymer and corrosion scientists, electrochemists, and ceramists have many years of experience in the prevention and analysis of material failures. As a result of this close familiarity with all types of materials, our scientists and engineers have a unique ability to provide advice on how to avoid problems early in the design cycle, when materials are being selected. Exponent provides clients with a thorough comprehension of current or potential designs to determine vulnerabilities before failures occur, develop appropriate mitigation methods, and provide post-failure investigations. Consultants review the reliability of processes and products for a variety of industries, including transportation, heavy industry, energy, and consumer products. Our projects range from modeling fluid flow characteristics in a system, to predicting the remaining lifetime of structures and components, to establishing design and operating envelopes for processes and technologies.

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