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Brian Despard

Vice President
L. E. Peabody & Associates

L. E. Peabody & Associates, Inc. (1987 to 1997, 2013 to present) – Mr. Despard has over 25 years of experience solving economic and marketing challenges related to electric generating assets. He has experience studying and modeling energy markets and regulatory policy for electric utilities and independent power producers. Mr. Despard has submitted testimony in cases before the STB and the Interstate Commerce Commission and has been involved in settlement proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Mr. Despard has been involved with optimizing value around electric generating assets both as a consultant and as a manager, having assessed and managed value around coal-fired generation and natural gas-fired generation. He has specific experience with, and held oversight responsibility for unit bidding and dispatch, trading, origination, fuel supply and transportation, contract management, regulatory affairs and strategic analysis.
As an economic consultant, Mr. Despard provided electric utilities with coal supply and coal transportation contract valuation, structuring and negotiation support through the modeling of contract value and risk. He also assessed coal and natural gas markets for electric utility clients. In addition, he supported electric utilities and petrochemical companies in litigation through the economic valuation of fuel supply agreements, rail transportation contracts and regulatory standards.
Prior to rejoining L.E. Peabody & Associates, Mr. Despard was Vice President, Asset Management at Dynegy, Inc. where he managed commercial staff with responsibility for optimizing gross margin from up to 4,000 MW of electric generation assets, including base load coal, natural gas combined-cycle and natural gas peaking assets.

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