About Polestar Energy Consultants
President & CEO
Polestar Energy Consultants was founded in 1989 by Elizabeth Berman. She has worked in the energy sector over 30 years, with a start in the coal industry in 1980.
Through the ‘80s, Elizabeth advanced into working with natural gas producers, suppliers, pipelines, LDCs, and negotiated fuel supply and transportation agreements. By 1990, this experience launched her into full-scale Energy Project Development and the development of Energy Alternatives.
Energy Project Developer
Derek Berman, a mechanical and electrical engineer, is an expert on public relations with a particular expertise in the area of Energy Project Development. He educates the general public to minimize, mitigate, and manage negative public opinion.
Polestar Energy Consultants works with project developers, and their attorneys and consultants, to develop strategies and communications that build favorable public reaction to proposed projects.
See what others have said about Polestar Energy Consultants and our work.
"Elizabeth added immense value to this Spain Solar project in multiple manners over the past two years. She solidified a quality process to ensure organizational buy-off . . . managed a multi-million euro budget with a positive variance . . . facilitated application processes directly engaging with lawyers, land agents, developers, engineers and administrative staff to ensure a quality product was delivered to the regional government . . . directly contributed and led efforts in the final eight months to secure land for entire project . . . . directly and meaningfully contributed to an expropriation execution plan to be used if required . . . mentored employee on communication and management techniques . . . mentored and coached entire team by sharing experiences from her in-depth experience in international development . . . cared enough to sacrifice countless long nights and days to ensure project always obtained what was needed when it was needed . . . managed communication process with entire Joint Venture and established online data room . . . published weekly report providing executive summary of land efforts and current status of open issues . . . facilitated close coordination with the project finance team to be the expert on all land issues resulting in a landmark financing to close on time.
We applaud Elizabeth – she has made a tremendously positive mark on this project and more importantly she has positively impacted the team she has supported and added professional and personal value to each of our lives".
"Working with you was a pleasure. Your professional approach, knowledge and concern for the people on the teams you worked with is unsurpassed. I have learned a lot about the power side of this company from our conversations".
"Just a quick note on some assistance Elizabeth Berman has been giving us here with locating used gas turbines and compressors for a gas project. She was copied as a resource that could get us pointed in the right direction with purchasing previously owned equipment to lower costs, but she did a lot more than that.
She has been a big help and from what I have seen is very knowledgeable in equipment and in doing business. During the past four to five months she assisted in locating suppliers and equipment and also came up with different ideas to solve our situation. I actually have never met Elizabeth, but her dedication, follow through on commitments, and attitude to help, truly stand out. In my job projects I come across a lot of personnel that provide input/advice to the work and Elizabeth has been one to remember".
"I am writing to recommend Elizabeth Berman based on her strong technical skills, wide-ranging experience base, and high integrity. Her responsibilities have included a wide range of power development activities in support of projects with particular emphasis on the fuel supply and transportation aspect.
She was a key member of the development team for a successful 400 MW combined cycle UK power facility. She has utilized her expertise in the energy industry to provide a wide range of services to other US and European based developers. Her experience working successfully in the deregulated energy market in the UK was of particular value to companies entering that market. Elizabeth is a skilled, results oriented individual and has successfully completed a number of major transactions in the North American and European energy markets.
She has an excellent understanding of the energy industry and the entire power plant development process. This includes fuel supply issues, planning and permitting, contract commercial issues, and project feasibility requirements. Her systematic negotiating style has led to many successful project developments. I consider Elizabeth to possess the highest level of integrity and honesty with the ability to represent or service a client with a positive and straightforward approach".
"I have found her at all times to be fair, reliable, honest and a pleasure to work with. Through her straightforward approach and innate sense of reasonableness, she has been successful in balancing what could have been the conflicting needs of a gas purchaser with those of the gas seller, and in this process she has generated and retained our goodwill.
I have no doubt that with her constructive and friendly manner she has been more effective in her negotiations than would ever have been the case if a more aggressive and confrontational approach had been adopted. She was able to adapt herself quickly to the peculiarities of the UK gas industry – an environment that would have differed from her previous experience.
She rapidly demonstrated her ability to familiarize herself with the local gas supply and transportation situation and was able to establish a competitive gas supply position for the project. Technically she has demonstrated a sound understanding of the contractual formalities of a gas sales agreement. I have no hesitation in recommending Elizabeth Berman as a valuable member of the team".
"It was a pleasure to work with you – a bastion of reason in a tumultuous sea".
"Grateful for the chance to work with you. I admire your sense of priorities".