Consulting Associates & Colleagues

Alicia HealeyAlicia Healey | Development & Technical Consultant
Ms. Healey provides strong project management, fundraising, administration, systems management, database and graphics skills for eFormative Options to develop information products and conduct dissemination efforts. She worked in a supporting role for AWEA’s Small Wind Advocate Team, served as the Associate Director for the NW Energy Coalition, and now works as a consultant for several groups including eFormative, the NW Energy Coalition, Western Grid Group and the Wildlands Network.

Matthew GagneMatthew Gagne | Development Consultant & Market Analyst
Mr. Gagne has a diverse set of talents based on an analytical background from his days as a journalist. He has strong data analysis and GIS skills, as well as the ability to translate complicated ideas into approachable presentations. He has worked for three years in the wind industry as a technical writer and data analyst and is adept at industry modeling software, including WindFarmer, WAsP and openWind. He has also developed wind farm site studies, including 3D visualization models and fatal flaw analyses. His work with eFormative Options has included the preparation of multiple proposals for renewable and energy efficiency grants, as well as market survey compilation and analysis. Mr. Gagne holds a B.A in journalism with a concentration in geography from Western Washington University.

Kurt SahlKurt Sahl | Communications and Development Consultant
Kurt Sahl joined the eFormative Options team in February 2009 after 25 years of science and technology instruction, research and consulting, most recently at the University of Washington Center for Teaching and Learning. Kurt brings valuable organizational and project management experience to eFormative Options where he conducts research and analysis for sustainable energy projects. Kurt’s interest in environmental science grew out of formative experiences at the “Recycling Center”, living off-grid in Alaska, and now, climate change research. During his doctoral studies, Kurt co-authored articles about computers and teacher cognition and a book for teachers about online learning. Currently, Kurt’s projects include community solar, energy efficiency retrofitting and renewable energy education. He received his B.S. degree in entomology from the University of Idaho and his M.Ed. in educational communications and technology from the University of Washington.

Susan Savitt SchwartzSusan Savitt Schwartz | Editor
Ms. Schwartz has served as the editor for several large and small-scale wind energy facility siting/permitting handbooks, and has worked with a variety of stakeholder groups to edit consensus-based documents on such topics as water resource planning and biomass energy development. She has served as a writing/editing consultant to private non-profit organizations and government-funded programs, as well as to private, for-profit firms. Areas of specialization include alternative energy and energy efficiency, including work with the Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED), the American Wind Energy Association, the National Wind Coordinating Committee and two Regional Biomass Energy Programs. Ms. Schwartz has a BA in History from UCLA (1983), a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (1987), and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College (1994).

Peter AsmusPeter Asmus | Writer
Pathfinder Communications

Mr. Asmus is an accomplished public speaker and author of Reaping the Wind and Reinventing Electric Utilities, both published by Island Press. His firm, Pathfinder Communications, specializes in free media placements, national and statewide political networking, strategic advice on energy and environmental matters, investigative journalistic reporting, advocacy commentaries and op-eds, magazine features, in-depth policy-oriented think pieces for leading journals and magazines, and website content. Peter is a primary author of AWEA’s “Global Home and Farm Wind Energy Systems Industry Market Study,” and served as keynote speaker and featured panelist for numerous events including for AHC Group conferences of corporate leaders, the National Press Club, the California Association of County Planning Commissioners, and Earth Day festivals. Peter has served on AWEA’s Small Wind Advocate Team since 2002 writing case studies and interviewing small wind turbine owners and permitting officials, and has covered energy issues as a journalist for twenty years. Peter served a key role in AWEA Permitting Small Wind Turbines Handbook project with the California Energy Commission writing case studies and working directly with landowners on site to explore the critical issues of permitting and siting.


John Vanden Bosche | Engineer
Chinook Wind
Mr. Vanden Bosche has 15 years of experience in the wind industry with involvement in a broad range of projects. He has worked on basic engineering research, wind turbine design and analysis, component manufacturing, structural and performance field testing, turbine verification, due diligence investigations, project planning and construction, commissioning testing, operations and maintenance, and design of retrofits. He also has experience with procuring land leases, collecting and analyzing wind resource data, and calculating project performance projections. He has lived and worked on wind energy projects in Tehachapi, California, Palm Springs, California, El Paso, Texas, and South Wales, United Kingdom. Past clients include turbine manufacturers, component vendors, project developers, electrical utilities, government laboratories, and law firms. Mr. VandenBosche is a registered U.S. Patent Agent with 10 years of experience obtaining patent protection on inventions representing a variety of technologies. He holds an M.S.M.E. from University of Texas-El Paso and a B.S.M.E. from West Virginia University.

Tim Olsen | Engineering, Resource, and Management Consultant
Advanced Energy Systems LLC
Mr. Olsen directs Advanced Energy Systems LLC, an engineering and project management consulting firm specializing in wind turbine design, windfarm development, and solar and hybrid system installation. Mr. Olsen has worked in this field for 20 years, with clients ranging from the Mercury Cafe to GE Wind Energy. AES project development services include wind resource and technology assessment, economic evaluation, project planning and management, land use mediation, and stakeholder facilitation. AES product design services include certification, conceptual design, aerodynamic design, structural design, system integration, system testing and data analysis, dynamics modeling, stress analysis, and fatigue analysis. Related services include residential and village-scale solar/wind hybrid system design, biomass energy system design and feasibility, and steam plant / energy system optimization. Mr. Olsen holds a BSME from CU Boulder and a MSME from VPI&SU, and he is active with a number of civic organizations, including the board of Colorado Renewable Energy Society (2006 president) and the technical advisory committee of Engineers Without Borders (2005 co-chair). On the side, Tim mediates neighborhood disputes, police complaints, and postal service conflicts.

Larry Sherwood
President, Sherwood Associates
Sherwood Associates is a consulting firm providing communications, policy analysis, project management, and event planning related to renewable energy and environmental issues. Mr. Sherwood manages the Small Wind Program for the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, co-facilitates the Small Wind Certification Working Group, is Project Administrator for the Solar Codes and Standards Working Group, collects and publishes data on solar and wind installations, and manages The Wilderness SocietyÕs Energy Expert Fund. He has organized dozens of renewable energy workshops, seminars, and meetings. Previously, Mr. Sherwood served as Executive Director of the American Solar Energy Society, where he tripled the membership and income during his tenure. He also was Executive Director of Northeast Solar Energy Association and a Vista Volunteer with the New Mexico Solar Energy Association. Mr. Sherwood has served on the Boards of numerous international, national, and regional renewable energy organizations. Mr. Sherwood is a graduate of Dartmouth College and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Thomas A. Wind, PE | Engineer
Wind Utility Consulting
Mr. Wind specializes in wind generation projects and in the integration of wind generation into the utility grid system. He is a member of AWEA, UWIG, IEEE, the Technical Advisory Group for wind generation for the U.S. National Committee of the IEC, and the MidContinent Area Power Pool Design Review Subcommittee. Mr. Wind is Windustry’s main technical expert in developing analysis tools including the WindProject Calculator, responding to technical questions, and serving on the Advisory Board. As a professional consulting electrical engineer, he specializes in electric transmission, resource planning, and wind generation. He has been involved in numerous projects for municipal utilities, rural electric cooperatives, electric customers, trade associations, and non-governmental organizations. Mr. Wind has authored several studies involving the economic feasibility of wind generation for utilities and electric customers, and has made over one hundred presentations at seminars, conferences and workshops. He serves on several MidContinent Area Power Pool (MAPP) subcommittees and is an active member of the IEEE Standards Committee for developing and Interconnection Standard for Distributed Generation in the U.S. Mr. Wind was employed at Iowa Southern Utilities for 15 years and left the company in 1989 to become self-employed as owner of Wind Utility Consulting. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1974 with a B.S. in electrical engineering.

Ed Kennell | Project Engineer
Clean Energy Products
Owner of Clean Energy Products, Mr. Kennell has installed more than 100 wind energy systems in the western hemisphere including a U.S. Coast Guard offshore wind-diesel demonstration and powering a rural community water supply in Honduras. He has provided extensive engineering support in Mexico, Chile and Panama, for the Last Mile Electric Cooperative and Our Wind Co-op, and has offered considerable volunteer services.