About Us

EES Consulting is a registered professional engineering corporation with offices in the metropolitan areas of Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Learn more about our management and staff.

Gary Saleba, Executive Consultant

Gary Saleba

As both a management and strategic planning consultant, Mr. Saleba provides overall quality control and insight for all of EES’ diverse project undertakings. As a founding member of EES, Mr. Saleba has over 35 years of experience with electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, and disposal utilities. He has overseen more than 400 cost of service and rate design studies and has provided expert testimony and opinion in over 200 proceedings before virtually all tribunals in North America. He also has acted as project manager and owner’s agent for the development of large electric generation resources. Finally, Mr. Saleba has apprised virtually all of EES’s clients in how to deal with fundamental changes in the energy and natural resource industries. These changes include increased competition, more emphasis on public input in major decision making, and strategic planning under an uncertain future. Mr. Saleba has a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics and an MBA in Finance.

Amber Nyquist, Manager

Amber Nyquist

Ms. Nyquist provides analytical expertise for EES in support of a wide range of economic and financial studies. Ms. Nyquist’s experience includes benefit-cost studies, cost of service studies, rate design studies, integrated resource planning, forecasting, conservation potential analysis, energy efficiency measure and program analysis. Ms. Nyquist uses several tools for providing economic analysis including benefit-cost analysis, risk analysis, and econometrics and statistical analysis. Special areas of study include federal standards for evaluating benefits and costs of water supply and related resources according to the Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies (March 10, 1983). Ms. Nyquist has an M.A. from Simon Fraser University and a B.A. in Economics from Western Washington University.

Howard Choy

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Howard Choy has provided executive and strategic leadership for large-scale projects and portfolios throughout his 30-year career in the energy industry. He is recognized for creating and administrating Los Angeles County’s Office of Sustainability, and developing the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN), facilitating clean energy project development for 150 public agencies in the region. He has particular expertise driving sustainability initiatives including energy efficiency, demand response, generation and storage. As board chair of the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC), Mr. Choy has assisted governments across California to participate in energy programs by the CA Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, and CA Air Resources Board.

Gail Tabone, Senior Consultant

Gail Tabone

Ms. Tabone brings over 20 years of experience in the U.S. and Canada. Her primary areas of expertise are cost of service and rate design, particularly for regulated environments, and resource planning. These include providing expert testimony, completion and review of cost of service studies, rate options and impact analysis, load forecasting, cost-benefit analysis, integrated resource planning and RFP management. Ms. Tabone has consulted in numerous valuations and utility acquisitions. Ms. Tabone has an M.S. degree in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and has been with EES since 1988.

Kimberly Gentle, Senior Project Manager

Kimberly Gentle

Ms. Gentle has over 20 years of experience in wholesale and retail power contracts, origination and risk management activities for electric utilities and power brokers. She has developed hedging strategies, risk management policies and staffing plans. The foundation of Ms. Gentle’s experience is contracts and risk management with a specialty of optimizing value through policy and contract design. She has been an industry leader in distributed generation, renewable energy strategy, block chain and cryptocurrency. She has also negotiated retail and wholesale energy supply contracts in multiple energy commodities and has mitigated losses due to physical and financial contractual default.

Russ Schneider, Senior Analyst

Russ Schneider

Mr. Schneider brings 15 years of experience and a strong utility, economic, engineering, and technology background to EES Consulting. Mr. Schneider has utility experience completing load research, rate design, cost of service, automated meter reading cost-benefit, business intelligence automation, power requirement forecast, conservation potential, and other studies. Mr. Schneider regularly presented at trustee meetings on forecasting, risk, reliability, power supply and transmission issues for many years. Mr. Schneider has a track record of actively participating and working cooperatively within the utility community. Mr. Schneider also served as project manager for utility participation in the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project involving automated demand response and home energy networks. Mr. Schneider has a Bachelor of Economics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and a Master of Engineering and Technology Management from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.

Scott Mahnken, P.E., P.Eng., Senior Civil Engineer

Scott Mahnken

Mr. Mahnken has 33 years of civil engineering experience in planning, design and construction of hydroelectric and other water resource projects. His primary role has been as design engineer for new and existing hydroelectric projects, dam rehabilitations, pipelines, and hydraulic structures. His responsibilities include field investigations, preliminary design reports, design criteria, cost estimates, final plans and specifications, and construction monitoring. Mr. Mahnken has served as Independent Consultant for FERC Part 12D Safety Inspections.

Seung Kim, P.E., P.Eng., Senior Electrical Engineer

Seung Kim

Mr. Kim has over 35 years of broad experience in electrical design and consultation. Mr. Kim is experienced in all phases of hydroelectric and power system design and implementation. Mr. Kim performs conceptual and feasibility studies, specification development, bid evaluations, and provides assistance during construction of projects. His areas of interest include switchgear, protective relaying and controls, transformers, SCADA systems, communications and instrumentation systems. Mr. Kim prepares procurement and technical specifications, one-line and three-line diagrams, control schematic and wiring diagrams, and equipment layouts. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and is registered in multiple States and in British Columbia.