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At Raab Associates, Ltd., we provide expert facilitation and mediation services.  We run effective meetings keeping participants focused on the subject matter at hand, providing an atmosphere conducive to real dialogue and consensus building.  We also actively assist stakeholders in reaching mutually beneficial agreements and comprehensive settlements.  By employing the latest technology, we ensure that the entire process is efficient and smooth.  Often, we conduct detailed conflict assessments prior to commencing a project by interviewing key stakeholders.  We also utilize joint fact-finding and single-text document development techniques during the course of negotiations.

With particular expertise on energy, environmental, and regulatory issues, Raab Associates has served as a neutral third party on a wide range of subject matters including telecommunications, land-use issues, public health, education policy, organizational design, and scientific research.  We have particular expertise in complex, multi-party disputes often involving 15-25 different stakeholder groups.

Dr. Raab, an accomplished mediator and facilitator, serves on the mediation and arbitration panels for the PJM Power Pool, and on the dispute resolution rosters for the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.  He is also a member of the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution.

We list some of our recent projects below.  The primary agency is listed after the project title.  However, each project includes representatives from a broad array of appropriate stakeholders groups.  Click on the project name for more information.

Some recent projects include:

 A State Agency Guide to Effective Dialogue
By Sara Cohen, a Senior Fellow, Consensus Building Institute
 Albertaís Market Participant Rules
Alberta Department of Energy
 Article in IEEE Smart Grid
Written by Ben Davis, Justin Brant and Jonathan Raab
 Boston Microgrid Workshops
City of Boston, Pace University Energy and Climate Center
 Building Energy Data Exchange Specification
LBNL, DOE
 Cape and Islands Offshore Wind Stakeholder Process
Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund
 City of Boston Climate Action Plan 2010 Update Process
City of Boston, Office of Environmental and Energy Services
 Clean Fuels Standard
NESCAUM and Eleven Northeastern States
 Connecticut Clean Energy Finance Investment Authority Strategic Planning Retreat
CT CEFIA
 Connecticut Energy Conservation Management Board Workshop
Energy Conservation Management Board
 Connecticut Green Bank Strategic Planning Retreat
Connecticut Green Bank
 Connecticut Greenhouse Gas Monitoring and Evaluation Retreat
CT Clean Energy Fund, CT Department of Environmental Protection, and US EPA
 Connecticut Greenhouse Gas Planning Retreat
CT Clean Energy Fund, CT Department of Environmental Protection, CT Department of Public Utilities, CT Department of Transportation
 CVEC Board Strategic Planning Sessions
CVEC, Cape Light Compact
 Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC)
 Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Group
California Board for Energy Efficiency
 Federal Energy Technology Center Merger and Consolidation Plan
U.S. Department of Energy
 Finding Common Ground Project
Regulatory Assistance Project, National Consumer Law Center, Sierra Club
 Housatonic River Project
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric
 IDEA Partnershipís Cross-Partner Exploration of Issues Workshop
Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act Partnerships
 IPPNY Conference on NY Energy Vision Panel Moderation
Independent Power Producers of New York (IPPNY)
 Kleinman Center Workshop on Energy Storage, University of Pennsylvania
Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania
 Maine Greenhouse Gas Action Plan Development Process
Maine Department of Environmental Protection
 Maine Wind Power Workshop
Natural Resources Council of Maine, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund
 Massachusetts AGO Regional Electricity/Gas Study Advisory Committee
The Office of Massachusetts Attorney General, Barr Foundation
 Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Gas Demand Analysis Stakeholder Process
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
 Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Electic Grid Modernization
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
 Massachusetts Distributed Generation Collaborative
Multiple Massachusetts Stakeholders
 Massachusetts Distributed Generation Working Group
 Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee Stakeholder Process
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
 Massachusetts Gas DSM/Market Transformation Collaborative
New England Gas Association
 Massachusetts Grid Modernization Working Group
MA DPU
 Massachusetts GWSA Implementation Advisory Committee-Consultation and Facilitation
Barr Foundation, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
 Massachusetts Military Reservationís Citizen Advisory Panel
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Control & Massachusetts Department of Public Health
 Massachusetts NOx Emission Allowance Allocation Mediation
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan
Massachusetts Oceans Partnership
 Massachusetts Renewable Energy Collaborative
Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources
 Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard Advisory Group
Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources
 Massachusetts Sustainable Forest Bio-Energy Initiative
Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources;
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
 MISO Stakeholder Process Redesign Working Group
Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO)
 National Energy Policy Initiative
U.S. Congress and Hewlett, Moore, Kirsch, and Belfer Family Foundations
 National Marine Fisheries Service Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel
National Marine Fisheries Service,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
 NEG/ECP Energy Dialogue 2008
New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers
 New England Demand Response Initiative
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, ISO-New England
 New England Disclosure Project
New England Utility Regulatory Commissions
 New England Economic Partnership Energy Conference
New England Economic Partnership
 New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Multiple New England Stakeholders
 New England Energy Efficiency Strategic Planning Retreat
EPA Region I
 New England Interstate Homeland Security Environmental Summit
Environmental Protection Agency
 New Hampshire Energy Efficiency Working Group
New Hampshire Public Utility Commission
 New Hampshire Energy Facility Siting
State of New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning
 New Hampshire Grid Modernization Stakeholder Process
New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
 NH Grid Modernization Working Group Document Repository
Hew Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
 NPFMC/IPHC Workshop on Halibut Ecology and Bycatch Issues
International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC)
 Philadelphia Energy Vision Working Group
University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University
 PJM Governance and Stakeholder Process
PJM Interconnection
 PJM Panel Mediations
PJM ISO and Members
 Portfolio Management Workshop for Electricity Planning and Procurement
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
 Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
State Environmental and Utility Regulators from: CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT (with MD, PA, and some Eastern Canadian Provinces actively observing)
 Rhode Island Greenhouse Gas Process
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Rhode Island Energy Office
 Rhode Island Negotiated Rulemaking on Renewable Energy Standards
Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission
 Rhode Island PUC: Docket 4600 Stakeholder Process (Rate Modernization)
Rhode Island PUC
 Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund Strategic Plan
Rhode Island State Energy Office
 RIPUC Stakeholder Process Document Repository
Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission
 Solid State Lighting Program Planning Workshop
U.S. Department of Energy
 Tennessee Governorís Task Force on Energy Policy
Tennessee Governorís Office
 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Wind Turbine Guidelines (Federal Advisory Committee)
US Department of the Interior,
Fish and Wildlife Service
 Unexploded Ordnance Workshops
U.S. Army
 USDN Multi-User Microgrids & District Energy
USDN, City of Boston (host), Pace University, Harvard Law School, IDEA
 Vermont Electric System: Integration of Non-Transmission Alternatives
Vermont Public Service Board
 Vermontís Energy Future Project
Vermont Department of Public Service
 

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