Steve Harper

Work History

Work History

Summary

Strategic Energy Resource Manager with 20-plus years of experience trading, contracting, purchasing, selling, and optimizing energy resources including transmission and distribution. Effective cost controller, reducing rates for customers and/or increasing value for shareholders, with direct accountability for more than $700M in annual gas and transportation costs. Powerful asset manager creating value beyond expectations through rich industry knowledge of strategy, players, and negotiations.

Successes include:

Reduced gas costs from highest commodity price in all states served to the lowest for 6 consecutive years through a diversified procurement and hedging strategy developed for a mid-sized (325,000-customer) combined power and gas utility.  

CORE COMPETENCIES

      • Strategic Commodities Management
      •  Risk Identification & Mitigation
      •  New Opportunities Identification
      •  Team Building & Leadership
      •  Presentations & Education 
      •  Energy Financial Derivatives
      •  Complex Contract Negotiations
      •  Industry Rules & Regulations
      •  Market & Competitive Intelligence

Director of Gas Supply

AVISTA CORPORATION
Spokane, WA Director of Gas Supply Promoted to manage all aspects of natural gas, including supply, transportation, contracting, storage, and risk management. Led 8-member Gas Supply team to provide reliable supply at competitive pricing and appropriate risk levels. Render consultation for power supply group to implement improved resource optimization strategies. Negotiate and administer contracts ensuring best utilization, coordination, and pricing of resources. Provide strategic direction for regulatory, regional, and local issues related to gas planning, environmental requirements, natural gas education, and safety.

Vice President of Strategy and Energy Management

SalixLNG

Tapped for leadership role with startup company(owned by Avista Capital), while concurrently serving as Director of Gas Supply. Brought in to consult on gas supply resource requirements to build a Liquefied Natural Gas(LNG) facility and expanded scope to include overall strategy and business plan development. Also, involved in market identification and customer engagement, including presentations, consultations, and satisfaction assurance.

Senior Manager of Gas

Gas Acquisition & Optimization
Senior Manager of Rehired to manage all gas supply and transportation activities. Applied deep knowledge of market and its players to build and lead a premier team that negotiated and secured the best resource mix at the most advantageous price. Created strategy, culture, and mindset focused on enhancing value for customers, resulting in better service and less interference from regulators.

EVERGREEN ENERGY CAPITAL LLC

EVERGREEN ENERGY CAPITAL LLC
Spokane, WA

Senior Trader

AVISTA ENERGY
Spokane, WA Senior Trader Heavily recruited by unregulated energy trading company in second year of operation with direct accountability for trading energy-related commodities(gas/power). Managed and optimized all resources for a newly acquired long-term(3 year) utility Asset Management Agreement(AMA).

Senior Natural Gas Trader

Natural Gas Trader-PUGET SOUND ENERGY
Senior-Seattle, WA

Senior Marketing Representative

WILLIAMS ENERGY
Senior Marketing Representative--Seattle, WA

Manager of Special Accounts

Transportation, Measurement & Billing
Manager of Special Accounts-WASHINGTON NATURAL GAS-Seattle, WA

Education

Education

Diploma

UEC

B.Sc Mathematics - Numerical Analysis

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON