David J. Walls

Vice President
David Walls | Energy | Charles River Associates

David Walls is a vice president in CRA’s Energy Practice. He has more than 40 years of experience advising clients on energy industry transformation, business growth strategies, emerging technologies, and business strategy.

Mr. Walls specializes in clean energy, renewables, decarbonization, and grid modernization. He works with utilities, equipment manufacturers, investors, and government institutions to assess and position for power industry policy and regulatory trends, new technologies, and market opportunities.

He advises on strategic issues related to the transformation of the energy industry, including business planning, market entry, performance improvement, grid modernization, decarbonization planning, and business growth strategies. He has led projects for utilities related to smart grid road maps, planning, regulatory support, and implementation. He has also worked closely with government organizations, such as the US Department of Energy, NYSERDA, and the California Energy Commission to develop and implement advanced energy technology programs related to smart grid, distributed generation, storage, EVs, and advanced energy systems.

Mr. Walls has assisted companies in developing smart grid business case studies and investment plans, independent power subsidiaries, and energy service and distributed generation businesses. He also advises energy clients on strategic partnerships, raising capital, and due diligence supporting M&A transactions.

Prior to joining CRA, Mr. Walls was a managing director at a major consulting firm, where he was a member of the practice leadership team, and leader of the strategy and operations practice team. He was also a senior member of the emerging energy technology practice at another major management consulting firm.

Mr. Walls holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

Selected engagements

  • 01
    Integrating fourth generation nuclear tech into established nuclear fleet
    A team of CRA Energy consultants worked with a large nuclear fleet operator to formulate a strategy for incorporating advanced, fourth generation nuclear...
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  • 02
    Long-term planning strategy for large gas LDC
    CRA supported a large gas LDC operating within a six state region on long-term planning strategy. CRA developed scenario constructs for various decarbonization...
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