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Mr. Lucas has over 32 years experience in the natural gas, electric and oil industries.  Mr. Lucas began his career in 1971 at the Federal Power Commission/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”).  His work primarily involved depreciation studies and later in his career, allocation and rate design studies.  Mr. Lucas testified at FERC in numerous rate proceedings, many of which were precedent setting in the late 70’s with respect to depreciation.  In addition to his work in depreciation and rate design, in natural gas cases, Mr. Lucas has filed testimony on Plant Reclassification, Mileage Based Allocation, Expense related to Transportation for Others, and Storage Comparability Analyses.  Also, Mr. Lucas performed depreciation studies and recommended depreciation rates for FERC Staff’s cost of service studies in electric rate proceedings.  Mr. Lucas presented oil pipeline testimony concerning the proper depreciation rates and the impact of depreciation with respect to changed circumstances of grandfathered rates.  Mr. Lucas testified on “megawatt laundering” in one of three proceedings initiated by FERC to investigate instances of possible misconduct by companies doing business with Enron Power Marketing, Inc.

Mr. Lucas presented papers on depreciation before the Iowa State Regulatory Conference in May 1982 and before the Annual Meeting of the Society of Depreciation Professionals in 1992.  Mr. Lucas also wrote an article on depreciation that was published in the Journal of the Society of Depreciation Professionals in 1990 and participated in the preparation of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners’ reprint of its “Public Utility Depreciation Practices” publication in 1996.  Mr. Lucas participated in depreciation panels at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Depreciation Professionals and the Depreciation Technical Conference at FERC, both in 1992.

At FERC, Mr. Lucas conducted numerous depreciation classes and supervised the preparation of a manual for depreciation studies at FERC.  Mr. Lucas participated on the team that prepared the Commission Rule Making related to Asset Retirement Obligations in 2002.  Mr. Lucas worked briefly in FERC’s Issue Identification and Resolution Management Program where unique filings were analyzed and presented before FERC Division and Office Managers.  Finally, in 2003, Mr. Lucas co-authored FERC Staff’s White Paper on the Commission’s Current Gathering Policy in the Outer Continental Shelf.  Prior to his retirement from FERC, Mr. Lucas served as “Subject Matter Expert” for his assigned group.

Mr. Lucas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Howard University in 1971.  Mr. Lucas is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Society of Depreciation Professionals.  During 1994 and 1995, Mr. Lucas served as a Director at Large on the Board of Directors of the Society of Depreciation Professionals.

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