Chris Vlahoplus

Partner and Clean Tech & Sustainability Practice Leader

Chris Vlahoplus has been a management consultant to the energy and utility industry for 25 years. He leads ScottMadden’s clean tech & sustainability practice area, including a role as co-leader of the firm’s nuclear consulting practice. He has assisted more than 40 companies focusing on electric generation business management, merger integration, strategic and business planning, organizational restructuring, and management models. Chris earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina, an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining ScottMadden, Chris worked in nuclear safety at Duke Power Company.

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Recent Assignments

  • Evaluated community solar program project economics and alignment with rate design changes to determine market attractiveness for solar developers
  • Supported the development of a business plan focused on entering water market: water rights, water services, and water production
  • Conducted a study of the impact of renewable energy and energy efficiency on utility rates
  • Supported the development of a regional strategy for a nonprofit organization that funds efforts to advance a sustainable energy future
  • Served role of market consultant in the review of a DOE loan guarantee application for an advanced cellulosic biofuels plant
  • Conducted a benchmarking study of renewable organizations within utility companies
  • Performed an organization and staffing review of a retail energy company whose offerings include solar, demand response, and energy efficiency
  • Supported the development of a business plan for a wind generation company
  • Piloted a method of quantifying the risk of river water availability for a large baseload generating station
  • Assisted a smart grid investment grant recipient with developing the required project management, EVM reporting and metrics, and benefits plan
  • Supported a nuclear operator in “turnaround” efforts implementing business planning, goal setting, organization restructuring, and management system implementation
  • Provided overall project management support for merger integration of two large, competitive energy companies
  • Performed an assessment of post-accident radiation monitoring readiness based on Fukushima lessons


  • “Renewable Energy Will Force Change in Utilities.” Natural Gas & Electricity. April 2015
  • “Germany’s Energiewende.” Public Utilities Fortnightly. November 2014
  • “Keynote Panel: Policy, Regulation, and Utility Business Model.” NCSEA Making Energy Work 2014: Securing the Future. October 2014
  • “Renewable Energy: Drivers of Change and Overview of Actions from the Utility Perspective.” Evolving Business Models for Renewable Energy: 2014 Industry Review. ACORE. June 2014
  • “How Solar Is Dramatically Changing Utility Planning, Procurement, and Operations.” Electric Power Conference and Expo. April 2014
  • “Water, Water…Anywhere?” EEI Strategic Issues Roundtable. October 2013
  • “A Turnaround Story.” Nuclear Engineering International. September 20, 2011
  • “How Low Can They Go? Nuclear Power Plant Outage Duration Continues to Decline.” Power Engineering. August 2008
  • “The Team Play Book.” Electric Perspectives. September/October 2004

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