Ross Kiddie is a director in West Monroe Partners’ Energy & Utilities practice, based in New York City. He has nearly 30 years of experience working with utility companies, executives and customers across North America. His most recent focus has been addressing the business and technical implications associated with the orchestration, evolution and transformation of the industry from a one-way directional network to a two-way distributed energy resource market structure with new business models.
Ross Kiddie helps companies address energy challenges by increasing customer satisfaction, managing risk created by disruption, influencing regulations, and increasing shareholder value. His work crosses a wide spectrum of services and technologies that include grid modernization, energy efficiency programs, distributed energy resources, electrification, energy engineering, software solutions, and national policy objectives.
Ross taps this diverse and extensive experience to provide insights for state efforts to consider new utility paradigms such as New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative, as well as the various dimensions of grid modernization underway within the United States. He is a member of several professional organizations and has participated and collaborated with industry associations such as the Electric Power Research Group (EPRI), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and Association of Energy Service Providers (AESP) on various technical and business matters. He is also a frequent speaker on the business, sales, policy, and technology aspects of a more distributed power system and modernized grid.
Prior to joining West Monroe Partners in 2018, Ross worked as vice president of ICF International’s Commercial Energy Division, where his work with utilities focused on distributed energy resources and the associated aspects of transformation as the industry moves towards new customer-centric business models. Previously, he was a Northeast region vice president for Metadigm Services, a private-equity funded company providing smart-grid expertise to the utility market. Earlier in his career, Ross was chief executive officer of energy enterprise software for Envinta, which provided software and services to large investor owned utilities in North America and Europe.
Ross earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.