Douglas K. Carlson, Principal

Douglas Carlson is a Principal Consultant and co-founder of Clearspring Energy Advisors and Clearspring Research. Prior to founding Clearspring, Mr. Carlson held management and senior analyst positions at major electric and gas utilities and at a utility services consulting firm. Mr. Carlson has nearly twenty years of progressive experience in the energy industry including work for IOU, cooperative, and municipal utilities.

Mr. Carlson has a strong background in energy market and policy analysis including market evaluations, regulatory policy analysis, and strategic planning. He has directed load forecasting studies, energy efficiency evaluations, renewable energy studies, and market research initiatives for a wide variety of utilities. Mr. Carlson has also coordinated strategic planning efforts to assess competitive positioning and to better prepare for uncertain futures.

Mr. Carlson has provided presentations on energy markets, economic and load forecasts, and competitive strategies to energy industry organizations, senior management groups, and boards of directors. He has also provided expert testimony before state regulatory commissions on load forecasting, DSM, and economic conditions.

Mr. Carlson has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics, a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Master's Certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy research and market analysis
  • Energy and economic forecasting
  • DSM planning and evaluation
  • Strategic planning
  • Competitive benchmarking

Professional Experience

  • Principal and Co-Founder, Clearspring Energy Advisors
  • Director of DSM Programs, Alliant Energy Corporation
  • Manager of Market & Competitive Analysis, Alliant Energy Corporation
  • Senior Economist/Consultant, Power System Engineering

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics with Math Emphasis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master of Science, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master Certificate, Energy Analysis and Policy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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