Avant Energy, Inc. provides a wide range of management services to the Agency under long-term contracts, including strategic management, day-to-day operations, power plant development, energy trading, accounting and finance, and regulatory compliance.
Five Avant Energy representatives have the primary responsibility for MMPA management.
Derick O. Dahlen
Derick Dahlen has served as the Agency’s executive manager since its founding in 1992, providing strategic guidance and long-term planning services to the Agency’s Board. Mr. Dahlen has over thirty years of experience in the electric industry and has provided energy supply management services to many public power utilities and universities.
Mr. Dahlen holds an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia and did his undergraduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Joseph V. Fulliero
Joe Fulliero oversees the operation and management of MMPA's generating facilities. Prior to working with the Agency, Mr. Fulliero was employed with Split Rock Energy, Northeast Utilities and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Fulliero has over thirty years of experience in the electric industry.
Mr. Fulliero has a master’s degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Liberal Arts from the University of Connecticut and Fairfield University, respectively.
Oncu H. Er
Oncu Er is responsible for the Agency’s long-term strategic planning. Mr. Er has over seventeen years of energy experience, including many years as the Agency’s senior power trader. Mr. Er serves as the President of Minnesota Renewable Energy, LLC and Oak Glen Wind Farm, LLC. Prior to his work with the Agency, Mr. Er held positions at Citibank, Paine Webber, Morgan Stanley, and Robert Baird.
Mr. Er has received his B.A. in Economics magna cum laude from Macalester College and an M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He is also a Harvard Business School alumnus and is working towards completing a Strategic Decision Making and Risk Management Certificate from Stanford University.
David W. Niles
David Niles directs the finance and accounting functions of the Agency. Mr. Niles has more than thirteen years of experience in the electric industry, providing service to the Agency, municipal utilities and colleges and universities.
Mr. Niles has an M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota where he was a designated Carlson Scholar. He holds a B.A. in Economics magna cum laude from Carleton College and is a licensed CPA in the state of Minnesota.
Kelsey E. Dillon
Kelsey Dillon leads the Agency’s power generation development services and serves as the President fof Hometown BioEnergy, LLC. Ms. Dillon’s development expertise includes conceptual development, business and strategic planning, facility design management, permitting, financing, and construction management.
Ms. Dillon has an M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota where she was a designated Carlson Scholar. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Minnesota.