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Energy Infrastructure Services Project (EISP) II, Uttar Pradesh, India

When:                  March 2002 to July 2005

Client:                   AMEC, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Ultimate clients:     Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
                             Uttar Pradesh Power Company, Limited (UPPCL), Lucknow, India
                             Successor companies to a restructured UPPCL

The purpose of this multi-year project was to assist the staff of the newly formed UPPCL and successor companies in corporate planning and tariff submissions, the major areas of which included market forecasting, costing and tariffs, and long-term facilities planning.

I was appointed Team Leader Tariffs on the project. In this capacity, I led a team of Canadian experts and Indian counterparts in tasks related to financial, tariff and other regulatory matters over a period of about three years. In particular, this included the development of financial forecasts for UPPCL and for each of five successor companies, as well as corresponding cost of service studies, tariff design and tariff submissions to the State regulatory body. This required ongoing interaction with the senior management of UPPCL, the regulatory body, CIDA and Project staff.

Over the course of the project period, the above tasks were performed a number of times, as the restructuring process in Uttar Pradesh and India continued, and as UPPCL counterparts gained confidence in undertaking the work themselves. I travelled to Lucknow, India, 12 times over the three year period.