Kelly is an Energy Policy Expert at EQ Research, and is based in Denver, Colorado. She provides clients in the government, business, and nonprofit sectors with diverse consulting services including expert testimony and litigation support, regulatory education, policy research, and energy modeling and analysis. As a non-practicing attorney with a deep quantitative background, she brings an interdisciplinary perspective to help clients solve complex energy problems.
Prior to joining EQ, Kelly was the Energy Strategy Coordinator for the City of Boulder, Colorado, where she was involved in the process to form a municipal electric utility as a project manager and analyst. Notably, she oversaw the integration of several software systems into a risk-based forecasting model to determine whether it would be financially feasible to form the city utility while meeting local goals for renewable energy and carbon reduction. On behalf of Boulder, she filed Commission testimony related to smart grid cost recovery, demand-side management, access to customer energy data, and an application to limit Boulder customers’ participation in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.
Additionally, Kelly has worked as a Smart Grid Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She is admitted to the Colorado Bar, but is inactive.
Kelly’s areas of expertise include electric rate cases and rate design, solar policy, energy efficiency programs, renewable energy credits, electric resource planning, grid modernization and emerging utility industry trends, and energy data access and privacy.
Selected Publications & Presentations
- “5 Recommendations for Regulating and Sharing Customer Energy Data.” Published by GTM Squared. 2016.
- A Chronic Problem: Taming Energy Costs and Impacts from Marijuana Cultivation. Published by EQ Research. 2016.
- Net Metering Battlegrounds and Power Plays. Presented at Intersolar North America. San Francisco, CA. July 2016.
- “Turning a Vision to Reality: Boulder’s Utility of the Future,” lead author. Distributed Generation and its Implications for the Utility Industry. Published by Elsevier, 2014.
- “Smart Grid is a Lot More than Just ‘Technology,’” co-author. Smart Grid: Integrating Renewable, Distributed & Efficient Energy. Published by Elsevier, 2011.
- A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future, contributing research. Published by the National Science & Technology Council, 2011.
- Trust and the Green Consumer: The Fight for Accountability in Renewable Energy Credits, 18 U. COLO. L. REV. 893 (2010).
- The Application of Feed-in Tariffs and Other Incentives to Promote Renewable Energy in Colorado, co-author. For the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, 2009.
- J.D., University of Colorado Law School
- B.A., summa cum laude, History & Political Science, University of Florida