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Mark Burlingame is an international energy and utility professional with a proven track record of leadership in energy procurement and marketing, market analysis, strategic business planning, business process improvement, financial analyses, pricing management, retail energy negotiations, and public policy projects. He has successfully led teams in a diversity of areas inside and outside the energy industry, bringing millions of dollars to his clients’ and his employers’ bottom lines. Prior to entering the energy industry, he was a Senior Management Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

A sample of past projects includes:

  • -  Assisted clients in buying electricity and natural gas across multiple markets in the US and Canada, achieving savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • - Analyzed and reported the cost of long-term power outages to customers versus the costs/benefits of hardening the distribution and transmission system for the Maryland Public Service Commission.
  • - Developed business plans for an innovative startup, which had developed a smart two-way communicating wireless thermostat coupled with forecasting, trading, and hedging software.
  • - Led the development of several interactive research relational databases including utility smartphone apps, projected coal-fired power plant construction, power plant pollution control market forecasts, and smart grid project forecasts.

While at UtiliPoint International, he authored reports containing actionable insight and analysis. A sample of these included:

  • - The annual "Survey and Analysis of the North American Utility Customer Service Market",
  • - A detailed report on the state of utility SmartPhone Apps in 2012,
  • - Over 15 reports on topics as diverse as biomass generation, power plant pollution controls and small wind turbines, smart implications for retail energy providers, and
  • - Over 40 monthly UtiliPoint International “IssueAlerts” (topical articles on energy industry issues).

One of the first Americans in retail electric markets, his hands-on experience began in 1996 and continues to this day. He currently assists commercial and industrial customers with their electricity and natural gas procurement in multiple markets across the US and Canada. In the first years of Texas market liberalization, he aggregated 35 MW of load in ERCOT resulting in 15% savings for his customers. In 1996, he managed a systems development project for a UK retail electric company as it prepared for market opening in 1998. He’s also been in management for retail electric providers doing business in Texas, Pennsylvania, and California.

His experience also includes multiple public speaking engagements and webinars on topics as diverse as utility system valuation, utility software markets, and retail energy markets. He’s also been a guest lecturer at Kansas State University and Texas Southern University.