Industry Expert Takes Helm at Fast Growing Energy Industry Services Company
CARY, NC – JANUARY 28, 2019 – EQ Research, the national energy consulting firm known for Policy Vista™, an online platform tracking and analyzing regulatory proposals, state legislation and general rate cases, announced today that Miriam Makhyoun has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Makhyoun has nearly a decade of utility and energy industry experience, most recently as Power Supply Contracts Manager at MCE, California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, where she managed MCE’s 2018 Energy Storage Request for Offer process. Other experience includes portfolio management for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company procuring Resource Adequacy capacity and carbon compliance instruments. Before PG&E, Miriam provided customized research for members of Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), authoring the 2014 report, “Electric Utilities, Energy Storage and Solar: Trends in Technologies, Applications and Costs.” Ms. Makhyoun also published numerous energy industry reports while at North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA). Makhyoun holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Appropriate Technology (Renewable Energy) from Appalachian State University.
“I am looking forward to leading EQ Research at a time when the energy industry is becoming increasingly competitive and technology-driven,” said Ms. Makhyoun. “The work EQ Research does enables clients to stay ahead of pending regulations and market developments and I plan to complement the suite of services with my expertise in energy procurement. My vision is to set clients up for success by aiding in the design and evaluation of energy programs and projects based on my own experience negotiating on behalf of load serving entities in California and to provide marketers with insight into how to be more successful in the bidding process.”
“I’ve known Miriam since she worked at NCSEA and SEPA and her intelligence, dedication, and pure intellectual curiosity have always impressed me. I can’t wait to start working with her directly,” said Justin Barnes, EQ Research Director.
EQ Research in partnership with the law firm of Keyes & Fox LLP, has spurred the development of new market opportunities for a multitude of utilities, Community Choice Aggregation programs, and companies in solar, energy storage, lighting, and electric vehicles, among other specializations, and is poised to ramp up its services in the coming years, making EQ Research clients more successful than ever at finding the best markets and strategies, identifying the best-fit programs and projects, and staying prepared ahead of schedule for compliance.
Kevin Fox of Keyes & Fox LLP has been the acting CEO for the past year and will transition to a General Counsel role. “I am absolutely delighted to have someone of Miriam’s caliber take the helm of EQ as we prepare for further growth in 2019,” said Kevin Fox.
About EQ Research
EQ Research provides policy research, analysis and data services to businesses active in renewables, energy efficiency, energy storage and electric vehicles. EQ Research’s areas of expertise include state regulatory policy and utility proposals, state legislation, financial incentives, local government policy, RPS and REC issues, net metering, rate design, and general rate cases.
Prior to forming EQ Research, several of its analysts managed and operated the nationally recognized DSIRE project for the U.S. Department of Energy, from 2007 to 2013. EQ’s team also includes the founders of Keyes & Fox LLP, a firm of national legal experts in renewables, distributed energy resources (DERs) and low-carbon transportation fuels. Keyes & Fox attorneys have shaped state-level energy policy through appearances before more than 40 states’ public utility commissions, and through engagement with state legislatures across the country.