Dr. Abraham E. Haspel, President
Dr. Haspel is the founder of the Cogent Analysis Group, LLC. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and gained 30 years of unmatched experience at the U.S. Departments of Energy and the Interior, where he dealt primarily with energy, environmental, organizational and American Indian issues. He is an internationally recognized expert in energy and environmental matters, and a recognized authority on various American Indian matters.
As a member of the Senior Executive Service since 1988, and as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy (1993-2002) and the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Interior (2002 -2008), Dr. Haspel has been a leader at the highest levels of the U.S. government in resolving many of the most daunting issues in these areas during this time. For example, among many other accomplishments, he successfully led efforts that resulted in:
• the creation of an Indian trust record system between 2003 and 2008 including collecting, indexing, and storing nearly 500 million pages of records in a state-of-the-art archival facility
• construction of an energy efficient demonstration building in Beijing, China in 2003
• reorganization of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 1999
• the integrated analysis of the National Energy Strategy of 1991
• reform of the onshore oil and gas leasing program in 1987
In addition, Dr. Haspel was one of the lead U.S. negotiators between 1993 and 2000 at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, including the negotiations that led to carbon trading and the Clean Development Mechanism provisions of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. He also led the revitalization of the 23 nation international Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s Climate Technology Initiative between 1998 and 2000.
During his distinguished 30-year career, Dr. Haspel has received numerous honors, both domestically and internationally, recognizing his consistent ability to achieve success even in the face of bureaucratic obstacles.
He was given the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive, the highest award given a career civil servant, three times and the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Service, the second highest award given a career civil servant, two times – receiving them from both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He received the Honor Award for Distinguished Service, the highest award the Department of the Interior grants, and twice received the Secretary of Energy’s Gold Award, the highest honor award at Energy.
In 2000, the Board of Management of the Climate Technology Initiative presented him with an Award for Outstanding Achievement. Further, he has received the Secretary of the Interior’s Executive Leadership Award four times.
All these recognitions attest to Dr. Haspel’s capacity to lead successfully and innovatively and to provide astute and cogent advice.
Dr. Haspel also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alice Ferguson Foundation and the 7th Generation Community Services Corporation (Upper Mohawk).
Joel Haspel, Vice President;
Director of Cogent New Media
Joel Haspel is Vice President of the Cogent Analysis Group, and the Director of Cogent New Media. At Cogent Analysis Group, Mr. Haspel is responsible for conducting renewable energy project analyses ranging in scope from nationwide to individual business parks and specific buildings. He has negotiated and evaluated proposed Purchase Power Agreements for commercial-scale wind and solar energy projects, and led negotiations with an electric utility regarding a proposed utility-scale solar energy project.
Prior to his time at Cogent, Mr. Haspel gained over a decade of business, technical, and marketing experience in the private sector. Following several years as an independent software developer and technology consultant at the beginning of his career, Mr. Haspel founded and managed a series of technology-oriented companies, including AliVE Multimedia Group, Bid Outlet, and Plethora Technology. He was instrumental in raising capital, designing and implementing strategic marketing plans, successfully obtaining patent and trademark protection for core intellectual property, and ensuring customer satisfaction.
Mr. Haspel’s specific areas of expertise include:
- Solar and wind resource analysis and project implementation
- the use of “new media” approaches to 21st century marketing, including Google Adwords, search engine optimization, and social media such as blogs, Facebook, Yelp, and Twitter
- Business management, including the startup process, fundraising, financial management and modeling, and technical and communications infrastructure
- Reseller channel program design and implementation
- Intellectual property protection
- Computer network security
- Design and management of large scale technical documentation including user manuals
Mr. Haspel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, which he earned with High Distinction.
Douglas Russell, Senior Associate
Douglas Russell is a senior associate of the Cogent Analysis Group and president of MDF Associates, a Canadian consultancy focused on energy, environment and the economy. He has 35 years of work experience, the majority in high-level executive positions in both the public and private sector dealing with climate change and carbon markets.
In his positions as Director of International Climate Change Negotiations, Director of Air Issues Branch, and Director General Air Pollution Prevention Directorate at Environment Canada in the federal government of Canada, he has led Canadian negotiations to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC) and headed Environment Canada’s policy development for climate change and air issues such as acid rain, smog and stratospheric ozone depletion. After leaving government in 1996 he founded GCSI - Global Change Strategies International Inc., a consulting company that within five years was recognized as one of Canada’s leading climate change firms. GCSI projects included the development of a corporate climate change strategy for the Shell Group in London, climate policy design for the Canadian government, and capacity building in a variety of developing countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
In 2002, Mr. Russell successfully guided GCSI through an acquisition process by Natsource LLC, one of the world’s largest carbon asset management firms. As a Managing Director of Natsource, he provided risk assessment and carbon management advice to a number of large corporations in the Canadian energy sector. He has originated carbon purchase opportunities throughout Southeast Asia and South Africa, led the development of a number of papers on the design of emissions trading systems and represented Natsource in public forums, parliamentary and senate hearings and in media interviews.
In addition to having founded, built and sold a profitable and respected consulting company, at each stage of his career he has implemented innovative ideas to manage and grow organizations, with an established track record of building highly qualified and motivated teams of professionals to deliver practical solutions to complex corporate and public policy issues.
Mr. Russell holds a Bachelor of Science (1973) and Masters of Public Administration (1980), both from Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S.
Daniel E. Klein, Senior Associate
Daniel E. Klein is a senior associate of the Cogent Analysis Group and President of Twenty-First Strategies, LLC. He has over 30 years of consulting experience in the energy, environmental, and economic analysis arena. For many years a Senior Vice President and Director of ICF Resources Incorporated, he founded Twenty-First Strategies in 1995 to offer energy and environmental consulting services to energy companies, government agencies, and others.
Over the course of his consulting career, Mr. Klein has conducted hundreds of projects related to energy and environmental concerns, energy markets, electric utility fuel use, coal supply, transportation, and antitrust and market issues. His work in recent years has focused primarily on climate change, energy supply and usage, and related strategy and policy issues in the both the public and private sectors. Specific topics have included technologies for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction, carbon capture and storage, Climate VISION GHG reduction programs, GHG inventories and reporting, and evaluation of international energy efficiency and GHG reduction projects. He has authored dozens of conference presentations and testified numerous times as an expert witness.
Over his career, Mr. Klein has directed numerous projects. For 20 years at ICF, he was deeply involved in the development, maintenance, and application of their Coal and Electric Utilities Model (CEUM) and its successor, the Integrated Planning Model (IPM). These models were at the core of the policy analyses he conducted for both public and private sector clients, and the IPM is still used today as one of EPA’s primary analytic tools. He has also testified on energy markets and the risks of natural gas strategies as a means of power sector compliance with CO2 reduction requirements. Mr. Klein is also working on policy analyses at the state/regional, national, and international levels, with a particular focus on the interactions between electric power and other CO2-emitting sectors.
Mr. Klein earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jeffrey Eppink, Senior Associate
Mr. Eppink is a senior associate of the Cogent Analysis Group and president of Enegis, LLC, which he founded as a result of a management buy-out from a leading energy consulting firm. He has over 32 years of consulting, technical, and analytical experience in a variety of energy projects, topics and issues worldwide. Mr. Eppink directs and conducts strategic, analytical and technical work in oil and gas, geothermal, biomass, power, carbon capture and storage, solar and wind.
Mr. Eppink started his career with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on planetary investigations of Mars. Coming back down to earth, he worked for Chevron on energy exploration projects around the globe in assignments ranging from field work in the mountains of Papua New Guinea to sophisticated geological, geophysical and geochemical analyses. He subsequently has been engaged in scores of consulting projects ranging from technical and economic assessments of over 60 unconventional plays for natural gas in North America, to country-wide assessment of sources for the application of CO2 in enhanced oil recovery, to biomass supply assessment. He is proficient at designing, building and exercising robust techno-economic analytic models that critically address client issues, having conducted numerous private and public sector analyses. These have ranged from the examination costs and practicability for carbon capture retrofit over 700 electric power units, geothermal resource and technology application for determining appropriate royalty rates under the Energy and Policy Act of 2005 to Enegis’ 30m resolution Biomass Energy Analytical Model (BEAM), which provides full life-cycle evaluation of biomass supply, carbon balance and net energy harvested and delivered to any location in the lower-48 states.
Mr. Eppink has worked on projects from over 35 countries in North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. He has given numerous presentations and testimony to senior industry executives, Department Secretaries, Congress and the White House on energy topics. He has a BS (California Polytechnic), an MS (University of Southern California) and an MBA (Virginia Polytechnic Institute).
Dr. Michal C. Moore, Senior Associate
Dr. Moore is a senior associate of the Cogent Analysis Group. He is a former Commissioner of the California Energy Commission and served as the Chief Economist of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. He currently serves as the ISEEE Professor of Energy Economics and a Senior Fellow at the University of Calgary in Canada. Dr. Moore brings a wide variety of public service and private sector experience to bear on complex, cross disciplinary issues ranging from financing and tariff designs for power systems to effective land use management.
As Commissioner of the California Energy Commission from 1994-2002, Dr. Moore presided over the design and management of the State’s first Renewable Energy Investment Plan. This unique and innovative program established the first dedicated market system for competitive investment in renewable technologies to supplement and diversifty electric grid operations in the State. The system has evolved and provided a model for many US and international programs designed to encourage a larger and more sustainable role for future renewable power.
While Chief Economist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO, from 2002-2004, Dr. Moore led a multi-disciplinary “over the horizon” research group whose mission was to anticipate changes in energy markets of the future that would incent cost-effective alternative energy system designs. As the ISEEE Professor of Energy Economics and a Senior Fellow at the University of Calgary since 2004, he has initiated and overseen innovative research efforts focusing on two major areas:
- the impacts and future sustainability of the oil sands resources in Alberta
- the financing and regulatory options for long distance transmission systems for electrical power exports from Canada to the United States
Dr. Moore’s current research on carbon option charges analyzes methods for distributing the costs of reducing CO2 emissions in North America. He has compared the efficacy of carbon taxes vs. cap-and-trade systems in terms of equitably distributing the cost of carbon control. He recently developed a green-markets and credit system to allow offsets from deep geothermal electric and compressed air storage to diminish the impact of hydrocarbon fuel use in Canada. Other recent work is focused on the security implications of expanding the North American electric grid.
Dr. Moore read for his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Cambridge in 1994. His work developed a model for anticipating price impacts of urban expansion on agricultural lands. This work provided the stimulus for transferable density credit programs widely used in threatened coastal areas in western North America.
Dr. Moore was also elected to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors in 1977 and served until 1985. As a Supervisor, he designed and implemented the Transferable Density Credits program to protect the fragile Big Sur Coastline in addition to several other innovative land use management systems for rural areas.
Edward J. Wall, Senior Associate
Edward J. Wall is a senior associate of the Cogent Analysis Group and President of EJW Research, LLC. He brings over 36 years of experience as a senior government manager, the last seven as a member of the Senior Executive Service, where he led and managed large advanced technology R&D portfolios, initiated and monitored large-scale procurements, and created public-private partnerships that answer technology challenges.
As Manager of the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Program from 2008 to 2010, he led research and development and technology validations to demonstrate the feasibility of significant geothermal contributions to renewable domestic base load energy supply in a variety of climates and geologic environments. He aggressively recruited to rebuild the technical capability of the Geothermal Office, initiated Program planning and analysis activities, and launched the International Partnership for Geothermal Technologies with the governments of Iceland and Australia. In partnership with the geothermal community, research needs were prioritized and a broad portfolio expansion was pursued with the award of $370 million in Recovery Act Funding.
As Program Manager of DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Program (2003-2008), Mr. Wall directed research activities in hybrid drive trains, advanced batteries, lightweight materials, advanced combustion and fuels, and vehicle systems integration. . He worked closely with R&D directors in Chrysler, Ford and GM to set targets and evaluate progress for FreedomCAR government-industry cooperative research efforts. Research in Plug-In Hybrid technologies, and low-cost carbon fiber manufacture from lignin precursors was initiated, and cooperative work in vehicle impacts analysis was undertaken with China. Earlier, he managed DOE participation in the seven-agency Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) with the domestic auto industry.
Mr. Wall developed DOE technology utilization and commercialization policies for the DOE Deputy Under-Secretary for Research and Development Management,. He was also the point of contact for implementation of numerous interagency activities relating to sustainable technologies. He served as Staff Liaison between the Secretary of Energy and the Energy and Transportation Task Force of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development and was recognized by the Vice President for his contributions to the White House Conference on Global Climate Change.
As a Division Director in the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service, Ed Wall managed policy analyses related to exploration and production of oil and gas on the U.S. outer continental shelf. These ranged from assessments of the effectiveness of offshore inspection procedures and the potential advantages of offshore oil terminals in U.S. oil distribution to the expected impacts of domestic content legislation on offshore platform fabrication. During this time he also performed extended detail assignments with the President’s Office of Management and Budget, and the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee.
Mr. Wall received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Muhlenberg College in 1972, and a Master’s degree in Geology from the Johns Hopkins University in 1975.