Dr. Kajal B. Kapur, Senior Consultant
Dr. Kapur has over ten years of energy consulting experience in the
areas of economic analysis, forecasting and environmental issues. She
is specialized in restructuring issues facing electric and gas utilities
such as - customer loyalty, alternate energy supply, new product and
services and regulatory trends. She is also experienced in assisting
utilities to prepare supportive evidence for rate case filings and presented
written and oral testimony before regulatory commissions. Currently
Dr. Kapur is conducting research on the future of demand side management
in a competitive power industry by econometrically modeling profits,
market structures and barriers to entry in the energy services market.
A sought after teacher and speaker, Dr. Kapur's original teaching experience
was gained by teaching micro and macroeconomics at Cornell University
and the University of California. She was invited to teach the economics
of investor owned utilities and regulatory issues at the University
of Michigan, School of Management.
- Assisted large Midwest electric utility
in developing a promotional strategy to address customer concernsabout
nuclear plant operation and other environmental issues. Educated the
company on alternate sources of energy such as renewable, distributed
power and energy efficiency and the costs of the alternate sources.
Identified new products and services the utility could offer in a
restructured electric environment.
- Helped conduct focus groups and analyzed
customer surveys to understand customer perception and satisfaction
with the Midwest company.
- Performed benchmark study of regulatory
trends for large East Coast gas utility. Studied regulatory trends
and analyzed the impact of these trends on the company's base rate
- Educated utility about gas purchasing
and gas cost recovery trends in an increasingly competitive industry
and addressed the implications of these trends for company's rate
- Worked with State Utility Forecasting
Group to review forecasts of statewide and individual utility electric
- Reviewed utility demand side management
plans and demand side implementation and evaluation activities.
- Examined utility Electric and Gas Least
Cost Plans including demand forecasts and optimization, scenario and
sensitivity analysis conducted by utility.
- Studied the economics of utility power
purchase arrangements with other utilities.
- Analyzed the merger of two Midwest utilities.
Modeled the individual and joint resource plans of the two utilities
to determine the benefits of the merger.
- Conducted economic analyses related to
utility clean coal technology project.
- Analyzed Clean Air Compliance plans of
major Midwest utilities and made recommendations based on the analysis.
The regulatory commission adopted many of the recommendations.
Throughout her career Dr. Kapur has published research
related to industry market adjustments, green energy and energy industry
Ph.D. Economics, Cornell University
M.A. Economics, University of California
B.A. (Honors) Economics, University of Delhi