When Arizona first set up its competitive energy solicitation process, Accion Group provided sophisticated guidance and helped create a fair and transparent system that continues to be used. Their broad experience representing both utilities and regulators provided a balanced understanding of the needs of all interested parties.
- Christopher Kempley, former Chief Counsel, Arizona Corporation Commission

Kevin Carden, Consultant

With an impressive background in computer modeling and software design for risk analysis and reliability planning for power supply options, coupled with nine years of diverse utility management experience, Kevin Carden provides Accion Group's team with the technical background needed to successfully execute evaluations, procurements, administration of long-term power purchase contracts, and utility planning and management. As a Consultant at Accion Group, Mr. Carden is responsible for assessing and planning to meet reliability requirements, executing demand-side options pricing and evaluation, and overseeing bid preparation for power purchase RFPs.

Prior to joining Accion Group, Mr. Carden led one of the nation's largest utilities in the redevelopment of an existing proprietary resource adequacy model for the non-competitive market, designing the software to take into account tie constraints, market availability of generation, and fuel supply. This software overhaul was renamed Strategic Energy and Risk Valuation Model (SERVM), and has been used to evaluate resource adequacy for numerous studies. Mr. Carden's strong knowledge of demand forecasting, demand-side option management, and the risks and benefits of expanding resources with limited physical resources provides our team with formidable computer modeling and evaluation skills. Mr. Carden holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from The University of Alabama.
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