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MIRROR REVIEW Names Lumina “One of the 10 Most Trusted Risk Management Solution Providers”

Mirror Review is a Magazine Company with a mission to depict not only the achievements of companies and entrepreneurs but also to shed light on the innovations they are carrying to disrupt the current market scenario. Click here to read the full article.

Max Henrion awarded 2018 Ramsey Medal for Decision Analysis

The Decision Analysis Society awarded the 2018 Frank Ramsey Medal to Max Henrion, CEO of Lumina and originator of Analytica. The medal is the society’s highest award. It recognizes distinguished contributions to decision analysis, including decision theory, methods, applications, education, and public awareness. The citation mentions the role of Analytica in bringing methods from decision analysis to a wider audience.  Includes video of award and Max's talk "How did I get here?"

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Lumina welcomes Dan Violette

 “We are truly delighted that Dan Violette has joined the Lumina team,” said Max Henrion, Lumina CEO. ”As a recognized leader in planning and analysis in the energy industry and as successful entrepreneur in consulting and software, Dan brings us a wealth of valuable experience. He will be a great asset in helping Lumina realize our ambitious plans.”

Prior to joining Lumina, Dan spent 10 years as a Managing Director in the Energy Practice at Navigant Consulting (NYSE: NCI).  Previous positions include principal and founder, Summit Blue Consulting, acquired by Navigant Consulting, and principal and founder, Tesser Inc., a provider of web-based tools to energy companies. He has also held executive VP positions with Hagler Bailly, Inc. and EDS Management Consultants. Dan’s industry leadership includes serving three elected terms as Chair of the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP), co-founding the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), and he currently serves on the Smart Grid Advisory Council of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).  Dan received his PhD in economics from the University of Colorado, which awarded him a Regents Fellowship and honors in the fields of econometrics and industrial organization.

Dr. Max Henrion speaking at ‘A Carbon “Price is Right”’ event

Max Henrion will discuss California's drive to reduce carbon emission at a Global Climate Action Summit Affiliate Event. The panel will discuss carbon pricing - how solutions work, and issues putting them into practice in California. Max will specifically be discussing the carbon dividend and tax solution.

For more information, and to sign up, click here.

Analytica Training in Spanish August 21-23, 2018

Lumina is holding a 3-day Analytica Training in Campbell, CA, August 21-23, 2018 in Spanish. The two-day workshop (with optional third day) will provide concentrated training on how to create and use decision models. It is intended for those who have some experience in building models, perhaps with spreadsheets, and want to expand their skills. Combining high-level training on essential concepts for effective model-building with hands-on training on how to exploit the power of Analytica, this training will serve both new users and those more familiar with Analytica. We invite all our end users who have asked for a training in Spanish to contact us at or sign up on our webpage

Announcing the release of Analytica 5.1!

We are excited to announce that Analytica 5.1 is now available. Our biggest focus for this release was speeding up calculations time; more operations and functions run faster and take advantage of parallel processing. On the lighter side of things, we have added a Blackjack example model implemented entirely in Analytica in the Fun and Games folder!

Read about all of the improvements and additions on our What's new in Analytica 5.1 page.

Max Henrion talks value of optionality at Energy, Utility, and Environment conference

Max Henrion delivered a talk entitled "The Value of Optionality in Deploying Grid Storage" at the 2018 Energy, Utility, and Environment Conference in San Diego, CA. The talk, co-authored with Kim Mullins, used the Puente natural gas plant (NG) versus energy storage system (ESS) comparison performed by CAISO as a case study to explore how changing dynamics in the energy storage market affect the decision to build a natural gas peaker plant or a similarly sized energy storage system. For a fair comparison between systems, including capital and operational costs and revenues, the study uses EPRI's StorageVET (Storage Value Estimation Tool), and find that increasing price volatility and decreasing battery storage costs will favor the ESS, while decreasing natural gas and/or rising and stable electricity prices will tend to favor the NG plant.

Lumina recognized as a top company to watch

The Silicon Review named Lumina Decision Systems one of the top 50 companies to watch in 2017. The article recognizes Lumina's achievements in promoting innovative tools for collaborative decisions, and its work to assist organizations in finding effective paths to a more sustainable world

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Lumina welcomes Kimberley Mullins

The Lumina team welcomes Kimberley Mullins, PhD, the latest addition to our consulting team. Kim has extensive experience in risk and lifecycle analysis of energy and agricultural systems. Most recently, she was a postdoc at the University of Minnesota, where she worked on understanding distributed energy resources deployment among rural and municipal electric utilities. Kim has a PhD from Carnegie Mellon, jointly from the Departments of Engineering & Public Policy and Civil & Environmental Engineering, where she investigated life-cycle environmental impacts and supply risks of biofuels. After growing up in Toronto and living in Minneapolis - and hearing about this year’s winter storms - she is enjoying the winter (spring?) weather in the Bay Area!

Lumina at INFORMS 2017 in Houston

Please come and meet us in person at the INFORMS Annual 2017 meeting at the  George R. Brown Convention Center, in Houston, Texas Sunday October 22 to Wednesday 25, 2017.

Anyone meeting us at INFORMS or attending one of these talks will receive a free trial of our Optimizer software and a 20% discount on any purchase of Analytica made within 30 days.

Analytica Tutorial by Max Henrion on session SD79, Sunday 22nd, 5.15pm to 6.00pm SD79 in 381B

Tutorial on Environmental Policy and Decision Analysis by Max Henrion in session  TC03, Tuesday, October 24, 12:05 to 1.35pm PM in room SD79