Utilities consulting

YOU SERVE YOUR COMMUNITIES. WE SERVE YOU. 

At Tilson, we strive to be your trusted advisor, a partner you can rely on to provide an unbiased, technology-neutral perspective.

SERVICES 

Tilson’s deep industry knowledge provides an unparalleled consulting experience that serves to fulfill a Utility’s business goals. We provide a full suite of services to support the communication needs of utilities and their customers, including models for broadband deployment to unserved and underserved communities. Our clients come from all aspects of the Utilities space including investor owned utilities, cooperatives, municipal utilities, regional collaboratives, and government entities.

•    Utility Consulting and Communications Network Development
•    Broadband Feasibility Work and Business Case Analysis
•    Utility Broadband Partnerships with Internet Service Providers, Infrastructure Companies, and Government Entities
•    Expert Testimony on Utility Issues before Utility Commissions and Legislative Bodies
•    Community and Stakeholder Outreach and Education
•    Utility Rate Case Support
•    Expertise and Education on Federal and State Funding Opportunities 

MEET THE TEAM

Our Utilities team includes industry leaders in their fields with a deep bench of experience.  We have worked with and for utilities, government entities, public service commissions, quasi-public agencies, and non-profits. We provide feasibility studies for existing and future needs, models for deployment of fiber to unserved areas, consumer education and commission engagement, cyber assessments and vulnerability testing, design of systems for management of AMI data, and other consulting services.

Elin Katz

Elin Katz

Managing Director, Utilities and Associate General Counsel

Elin Swanson Katz serves as Tilson's Managing Director, Energy Consulting and Associate General Counsel. As a senior member of Tilson's Consulting division, Elin brings new prospective and capacity to Tilson’s energy and utility consulting practice for both government and industry clients. Additionally, Elin provides regulatory support for Tilson’s legal team to help speed fiber and 5G deployments, as well as support merger and acquisition due diligence. Prior to joining Tilson, Elin served as Connecticut Consumer Counsel and head of the Connecticut State Broadband Office, where she represented the interests of utility consumers before the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and other venues, including the Connecticut General Assembly. Prior to becoming Consumer Counsel, Elin practiced law in Hartford, Boston and Washington, D.C. and previously served as Assistant Counsel at the former state Department of Environmental Protection (now the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection). She was formerly Vice-Chair of the West Hartford Board of Education. Elin holds a law degree from Boston University, a B.S. from Cornell University and a master’s from Trinity College.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Principal Consultant

Chris Campbell is a Principal Consultant for Tilson. Since 2015, he has provided strategic consulting expertise to clients seeking to improve telecommunications infrastructure and services. At Tilson, Chris has worked with state and federal broadband programs, utilities, counties, municipalities and private investors. Chris joined Tilson with 20 years of experience in technology, public policy and community development. Prior to joining Tilson, Chris was the Executive Director of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) for almost five years with a mission to to build new fiber networks and expand access to broadband and cellular service.  Previously, Chris served as Director for Telecommunications at the Vermont Department of Public Service, Assistant Chief Information Officer for the State of Vermont and oversaw American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) investments in broadband and smart grid for the State of Vermont during recovery during the Great Recession. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Kristin Gazzo

Kristin Gazzo

Project Manager, PMP

Kristin Gazzo serves as the Project Manager for Tilson’s Utilities Consulting practice and is experienced in leading system and infrastructure projects. Skilled in organizing and executing high-visibility projects, Kristin is a seasoned consultant capable of strategizing big picture as well as developing detailed tactical plans. At Tilson, Kristin strives to serves a Utility’s project goals as well as perform business analysis, community outreach and stakeholder communication. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Colorado at Denver and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Elin Swanson Katz serves as Tilson's Managing Director, Energy Consulting and Associate General Counsel. As a senior member of Tilson's Consulting division, Elin brings new prospective and capacity to Tilson’s energy and utility consulting practice for both government and industry clients. Additionally, Elin provides regulatory support for Tilson’s legal team to help speed fiber and 5G deployments, as well as support merger and acquisition due diligence. Prior to joining Tilson, Elin served as Connecticut Consumer Counsel and head of the Connecticut State Broadband Office, where she represented the interests of utility consumers before the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and other venues, including the Connecticut General Assembly. Prior to becoming Consumer Counsel, Elin practiced law in Hartford, Boston and Washington, D.C. and previously served as Assistant Counsel at the former state Department of Environmental Protection (now the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection). She was formerly Vice-Chair of the West Hartford Board of Education. Elin holds a law degree from Boston University, a B.S. from Cornell University and a master’s from Trinity College.

Chris Campbell is a Principal Consultant for Tilson. Since 2015, he has provided strategic consulting expertise to clients seeking to improve telecommunications infrastructure and services. At Tilson, Chris has worked with state and federal broadband programs, utilities, counties, municipalities and private investors. Chris joined Tilson with 20 years of experience in technology, public policy and community development. Prior to joining Tilson, Chris was the Executive Director of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) for almost five years with a mission to to build new fiber networks and expand access to broadband and cellular service.  Previously, Chris served as Director for Telecommunications at the Vermont Department of Public Service, Assistant Chief Information Officer for the State of Vermont and oversaw American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) investments in broadband and smart grid for the State of Vermont during recovery during the Great Recession. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Kristin Gazzo serves as the Project Manager for Tilson’s Utilities Consulting practice and is experienced in leading system and infrastructure projects. Skilled in organizing and executing high-visibility projects, Kristin is a seasoned consultant capable of strategizing big picture as well as developing detailed tactical plans. At Tilson, Kristin strives to serves a Utility’s project goals as well as perform business analysis, community outreach and stakeholder communication. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Colorado at Denver and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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