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  • December 7, 2017

    2017 INTEGRATED RESOURCE PLANNING

    GDS ASSOCIATES, INC. engineers and consultants

    response to request for proposals

    prepared by

    GDS ASSOCIATES, INC. 1850 Parkway Place Suite 800

    Marietta, Georgia 30067 770.425.8100 866.611.3791 fax

    www.gdsassociates.com

    LOUISIANA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

    in partnership with

    docket no. I-34694

    ORIGINAL

  • Richard F. Spellman, President dick.spellman@gdsassociates.com

    direct 770-799-2430 cell 770-330-8609 FEIN 58-1659843

    1850 Parkway Place Suite 800  Marietta, Georgia 30067  770.425.8100  Fax 866.611.3791  www.gdsassociates.com M a r i e t t a , G A  A u s t i n , T X  A u b u r n , A L  M a n c h e s t e r , N H  M a d i s o n , W I  O r l a n d o , F L  A u g u s t a , M E

    December 7, 2017 Ms. Melanie A. Verzwyveltz Louisiana Public Service Commission Office of the General Counsel 602 North Fifth Street Galvez Building Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821-9154 RE: Docket No. I-34694 Entergy Louisiana, LLC, Ex Parte Regarding Request to Initiate 2017 Integrated Resource Planning Process Pursuant to the General Order No. R-30021 (Corrected) Dated April 20, 2012 Dear Ms. Verzwyveltz: GDS Associates, Inc.’s (“GDS”) in partnership with Baynham Environmental, LLC and Daymark Energy Advisors, LLC, is pleased to submit the enclosed proposal to the Louisiana Public Service Commission (“LPSC” or “Commission”) seeking bids from independent technical consultants to assist the Commission with conducting a review of the second Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process of Entergy Louisiana, LLC (“ELL” or “the Company”). GDS has a wide range of experience and expertise with integrated resource planning and is well positioned to meet the needs of the Commission for this effort. In summary, GDS possesses the following expertise:  Hands-on experience and expertise with reviewing the integrated resource plans of investor-owned electric

    and natural gas utilities  Three decades of direct experience with developing integrated resource plans for electric and natural gas

    utilities  Wide-ranging regulatory expertise with developing and presenting expert witness testimony relating to our

    reviews of IRP filings done by utilities  Experience providing regulatory support to public utility commissions with respect to identifying key issues,

    analysis of IRP filings, preparation of data requests and cross examination questions for utility company witnesses, and assistance with preparation of final briefs in IRP dockets.

    GDS will perform the services noted in your letter for a not-to-exceed amount of $58,000 ($55,000 for labor and $3,000 for expenses). GDS understands that all budgets and expenses will need to be pre-approved by Commission Staff. We are appreciative of this opportunity to submit a proposal for this project. Please call me if you have any questions regarding our proposal. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Richard F. Spellman President

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1 GDS’ UNDERSTANDING OF THE SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION .......................................................................... 1 1.1 Advantages of Selecting the GDS Team ............................................................................................................ 1

    2 OVERVIEW & QUALIFICATIONS ● THE GDS TEAM................................................................................................. 3 2.1 Introduction & Background of GDS Associates, Inc. ...................................................................................... 3 2.2 Environmental Compliance Strategy ................................................................................................................ 10 2.3 Application for a Demand-Side Resource Certificate and/or Amendments .................................. 16 2.4 Monitoring a Demand-Side Resource Program ............................................................................................ 16 2.5 Introduction & Background of Baynham Environmental, LLC ................................................................ 17 2.6 Introduction & Background of Daymark Energy Advisors, LLC ............................................................... 17

    3 PROJECT APPROACH & PLAN OF ACTION .......................................................................................................... 20 4 ABILITY TO MEET MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS ......................................................................................................... 25

    4.2 Estimated Timeline ..................................................................................................................................................... 27 5 KEY PERSONNEL & ROLES ON THE PROJECT ......................................................................................................... 29

    5.1 Biographies of GDS Associates, Inc. Key Staff ................................................................................................. 30 5.2 Biographies of Baynham Environmental, LLC Key Staff .............................................................................. 33 5.3 Biographies of Daymark Energy Advisors, LLC Key Staff ............................................................................. 33 5.4 GDS Project Management Practices ................................................................................................................ 34

    6 FEES & COSTS ................................................................................................................................................................ 38 7 CONFLICTS OF INTEREST ............................................................................................................................................ 40 APPENDIX A ● RESUMES OF KEY PERSONNEL ...................................................................................................... A

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    1 GDS’ Understanding of the Scope of Representation In response to the interest of the Louisiana Public Service Commission’s (“LPSC” or “Commission”) Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking bids from outside consultants to assist the Commission with the review and critique of the second Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process of Entergy Louisiana, LLC (“ELL” or the Company”), GDS Associates, Inc. (“GDS”) has assembled a team of nationally recognized integrated resource planning consultants and prepared a proposal which addresses the scope of work listed in the Commission’s RFP. GDS is proposing to serve as the prime contractor. Our subcontractors include Louisiana-based subcontractor, Baynham Environmental, LLC (“Baynham”) and Daymark Energy Advisors (“Daymark”). Collectively, we are the GDS Team as referenced in this proposal. The GDS Team has completed numerous integrated resource planning and related regulatory support projects for state public utility commissions. This GDS proposal explains how our Team will provide a range of technical and regulatory support to the Louisiana Public Service Commission relating to the process for Entergy Louisiana’s second IRP filing. The GDS Team will assist the Commission staff with the following tasks:  Holding technical conferences  Drafting comments  Drafting and responding to discovery  Preparing direct and cross-answering testimony  Reviewing and analyzing stipulation terms  Testifying before an administrative law judge  Conducting informal meetings with the parties  Performing other tasks upon request of the Commission staff

    1.1 ADVANTAGES OF SELECTING THE GDS TEAM There are several advantages which our team can offer the Commission for this project. PRIOR LOUISIANA UTILITY EXPERIENCE ● GDS is headquartered in Marietta, Georgia. Our energy industry clients in Louisiana include the following: - Louisiana Association of Electric Cooperatives - City of Alexandria, Louisiana - Louisiana Energy and Power Authority - Louisiana Generating LLC

    - Louisiana Public Service Commission - Louisiana-Pacific Corporation - Southwest Louisiana Electric Membership Corporation

    EXTENSIVE IRP RELATED EXPERIENCE WITH PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSIONS ● GDS has assembled a highly experienced, tight-knit consulting team for this project. We have worked for state public utility commissions on many prior IRP, resource planning, retail rate, regulatory support, energy efficiency, renewable energy and demand response consulting projects. Our senior consultants are already very knowledgeable of the resource planning and electric rate issues facing the electric grid in the southeastern U.S. GDS has performed similar IRP related projects for a number of state public utility commissions, such as the following: - Florida Public Service Commission - Georgia Public Service Commission - Maine Public Utilities Commission - New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission - North Carolina Public Utilities Commission - Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission - Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission - Vermont Department of Public Service

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