Navigant Research Broadens Expertise in Utility Digitalization, Grid Modernization, and Distributed Natural Gas

Expanded analyst team brings additional capabilities to areas of growing importance for energy industry professionals

Navigant Research announces the hiring of three professionals. Stuart Ravens, principal research analyst, and Adam Forni and Jessica Lewis, senior research analysts, bring more than 40 years of experience in the research and analysis field to bolster Navigant Research’s expertise in a variety of increasingly important subject areas.

Ravens, who is based in London, focuses on utility IT and data analytics as well as the Internet of Things (IoT), further expanding Navigant Research’s European presence. Forni brings knowledge concentrated in the areas of distributed natural gas and fuel cells, while Lewis will help to broaden Navigant Research’s offerings in the areas of digitalization and transmission and distribution modernization.

“The utility industry is facing transformative change, and we expect emerging technologies to continue converging across integrated ecosystems like IoT, smart cities, and the Energy Cloud,” says Mackinnon Lawrence, senior research director with Navigant Research. “This shifting landscape presents unique challenges and opportunities for our clients. As their needs evolve, we are excited about the expanded capabilities Adam, Jessica, and Stuart bring to our team, particularly around key trends like distributed generation, connected things, digitalization, and business model evolution.”

Stuart Ravens, Principal Research Analyst – London

Stuart Ravens is a principal research analyst, contributing to Navigant Research’s Utility Transformations team. Ravens focuses on utility digitalization, analyzing topics such as IT, analytics, cybersecurity, and changing utility business models. He has been an analyst for more than 20 years. For the past eight years, Ravens’ work has focused on the use of ICT by utilities. He has played a lead role in the delivery of custom research and advisory work for many utilities, IT vendors, service providers, and renewables specialists. As a leading expert in the use of IT in the energy industry, Ravens has been invited to speak at conferences around the world.  Ravens has also worked as an analyst for financial and professional services organizations based in London. He holds an MSc in information science from City University, London.

Adam Forni, Senior Research Analyst – San Francisco

Adam Forni is a senior research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Energy Technologies program, with a focus on distributed natural gas. Forni has broad technical experience covering electrical systems, mechanical systems, energy efficiency, and financial modeling. Prior to Navigant Research, Forni performed renewable energy consulting for Fortune 500 clients, managing engagements resulting in more than two billion dollars in new revenue. He has also served as a program manager at Bloom Energy, where he managed a $100 million fuel cell portfolio for Home Depot and microgrid projects for Apple, Yahoo!, and Disney. In 2013, Forni was named a recipient of Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 40 Under 40 awards for building professionals under the age of 40. The same year, he received the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Award of Excellence. Forni holds an MBA from the University of California, Irvine and a BS in mechanical engineering from Valparaiso University.

Jessica Lewis, Senior Research Analyst – Washington, D.C.

Jessica Lewis is a senior research analyst, contributing to Navigant Research’s Utility Transformations team, with a primary focus on grid modernization. Lewis previously spent three years with Navigant Consulting, working with the Department of Energy to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategic energy programs. Prior to joining Navigant, Lewis worked to advance market-based solutions to rural electrification in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and provided energy, environmental, and business strategy consulting to Fortune 100 companies. Lewis holds an MA in international economics & energy, resources, and the environment from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from Pomona College.

Contact: Lindsay Funicello-Paul

+1.303.493.5477

lindsay.funicello.paul@navigant.com

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