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

Michael D. Cannata, Jr., Senior Consultant

As the former Chief Engineer of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and a former managing engineer with the Public Service Company of New Hampshire in transmission and generation planning and system operations, Michael Cannata supports Accion Group's team with his expert knowledge of power system studies, and planning and interconnection analysis.

Before joining Accion Group as a Senior Consultant, Mr. Cannata served as a technical advisor to the Maine Public Utilities Commission, the Vermont Public Service Board, the Kentucky Public Service Commission, and the District of Columbia Public Service Commission regarding the public necessity and convenience for a multitude of 345 kV, 230 kV, 161 kV, 138 kV, 115 kV, and 69 kV facilities. In these positions, Mr. Cannata applied his in-depth understanding of the generation and transmission planning components of system design, and how these designs compliment or contradict each other.

Additionally, Mr. Cannata has conducted management audits of major utility organizations, executed prudence reviews of major fossil and nuclear plant outages, and served as the prime architect for one state's heavily litigated electric utility restructuring settlement. Mr. Cannata holds both BSEE and MSEE degrees from Northeastern University with a major in Power Systems and an MBA from Northeastern University. He is also a registered professional engineer in New Hampshire.
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