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Maximizing the Value of Utility Options

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This webinar was originally held on March 1, 2023, and is now available for on demand viewing. 

Duration: 1 hour
Sponsor: Gurobi Optimization

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Avista, as an integrated natural gas and electric utility responsible for generating and serving customer loads evaluated dozens of optimization solutions available across the globe, but none met their requirements to support the breadth of long-term planning down to real-time operations. Not finding a robust solution, the company launched its Avista Decision Support System (ADSS), a commercial-scale capacity model powered by Avista-patented algorithms and the Gurobi Optimizer.

Join Clint and Jason as they discuss mathematical optimization strategy in the power and utilities industries and how Avista positioned itself to reduce its carbon footprint, integrate more renewable generation resources into its portfolio, and generate more energy for its customers at lower cost.

Learn how to:

  • Better inform and maximize commodity trading profits.
  • Ensure more reliable service and higher asset availability at a lower cost.
  • Use analytics to evaluate new resources and enhancements to existing assets.
  • Benefit the enterprise using a uniform and powerful analytical tool.


Jason Morris
Account Director – Power & Utilities
Gurobi Optimization
Jason Morris joined Gurobi after a 27 year career with General Electric in the energy industry, as a team leader and individual contributor in sales, business development, product management, and solution architecture. His customer portfolio has spanned the energy cycle, from the wellhead to the consumer, including power generation, transmission, distribution, and utilization. After an initial role managing gas turbine repair services in the Southern US, he went on to negotiate multi-year contracts for turbine services, and then led the Central US region contracts team. Moving into the GE Industrial business, he was responsible for all GE energy services sales to industrial customers in Virginia, providing power generation, delivery and utilization solutions in the oil and gas, pulp and paper, food and beverage, chemical, and maritime industries. Next he moved to GE Grid Solutions with roles in smart grid business development, automated metering solutions sales, and finally asset performance management and grid analytics software. Mr. Morris holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. He currently resides with his wife and three of his four children in Richmond, VA.

Clint Kalich
Senior Manager, Resource Analysis – Energy Supply
Born and raised in the utility business, Clint Kalich began his career with a multi-disciplinary utility consulting firm in 1991. He worked for Tacoma Power from 1995 to 2000 in resource development, procurement, and optimization, hydroelectric operations and re-licensing, contract negotiations, and system operations. While there Clint led development of, and ultimately managed, its industrial market access program serving one-quarter of retail load. In 2000 he joined Avista Utilities, assisting in resource analyses, dispatch modeling, resource procurement, integrated resource planning, and expert witness testimony in various regulatory proceedings before the Idaho and Washington State public utilities commissions. In recent years Clint has led many aspects of Avista’s integration into the CAISO EIM and EDAM markets, and the company’s response to new environmental laws in Oregon and Washington State (e.g., CPP, CEIP, CCA) affecting its electric and natural gas business lines. The Avista Decision Support System (ADSS) is the culmination of Clint’s broad power supply experience; he has led its development since 2012.

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