National Capital Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics

In Memoriam


 Mark Lively

Mark Beirne Lively

NCAC Past President, Vice President,
Treasurer and Longtime Member

February 4, 1948 - March 4, 2016


Utility Economic Engineers
consulting engineering specializing in the pricing of electricity and natural gas
Owner, Lively Utility


Mark Beirne Lively of Gaithersburg, Maryland entered Heaven on March 4, 2016. He was born in Ashland, KY on February 4, 1948 to the late Max and Helen (Prill) Lively. Mark was the beloved husband of Tracy Gross (Lugo) Lively and loving father to Mark Jr. (Ida) of Port Matilda, PA; Peter (Audrey) of Boston, MA; and Melanie (Roger) Bartholomay of Knoxville, TN and doting grandfather to Paul Shan, Veronica, Heidi and Rex Bartholomay. He was married for 30 years to the late Vicki (Beavers) Lively. He is survived by brother Frank (Mary) and sister Linda (Tom) Hankins and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mark and his wife Vicki were dedicated and beloved leaders at Messiah Lutheran Church in Germantown, MD and later at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Rockville, MD. Ever faithful, Mark brought his warm smile and big laugh to as many activities as he could. Best known for welcoming guests and giving hugs, he especially loved encouraging children and young people, and at the time of his death was serving as congregation president. He was active in the Vineyard fellowship of Via de Cristo. Following his marriage to Tracy in 2004, he was also embraced by and enjoyed serving at St. James' Episcopal Church in Potomac, MD.


He earned an SB in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an SM in Management from MIT's Sloan School. He began his career with American Electric Power and later joined the Washington Utility Group of Ernst and Young. As a self-employed utility economic engineer since 1992, Mark designed financial models that dealt with electricity and natural gas, primarily pricing models. From 1996-1999 on behalf of the D.C. Office of People's Counsel he prepared comments on the proposed merger between PEPCO and BG&E; his adjustments to the proposed savings were the only ones accepted by the D.C. Public Service Commission and had a direct impact on the outcome of the case. He had assignments throughout the world on behalf of the World Bank and other clients. His articles appeared in Public Utilities Fortnightly and publications of the National Regulatory Research Institute, the U.S. Association of Energy Economics and the IEEE. He served the MIT Club of Washington for several terms as treasurer and vice-president between 1988-2000. Most recently, he was an officer of the National Capital Area Chapter of the U.S. Association of Energy Economics, completing a term as president in 2014.


Mark Lively's Website

Mark Lively's Blog

Mark Lively's Library of Articles and Presentations



Letter to the Members of the NCAC Community, March 7, 2016
From James Koehler, President, NCAC-USAEE

It is with heavy heart that I write to inform you that Mark Lively passed away on March 4, at his home in Gaithersburg, MD.

Mark served NCAC in a number of ways - president, vice-president, treasurer, and council member over the last several years. If you've attended an NCAC event, chances are you met Mark (or more accurately, Mark met you) as he was extremely friendly and welcoming to all. It is not a stretch to state that he served as a guiding force behind much of what NCAC does and stands for. Even when he was not actively serving in a leadership role, he could always be counted on to step in and help if an answer or institutional knowledge was needed.

On a personal note, Mark served as a mentor, friend, and colleague. Many of my students met him and he served as a mentor to many of them as well.

Mark is survived by his wife Tracy, his kids, and countless friends and colleagues. Further details on how to pay tribute to Mark's life are below:

Memorial Service
A memorial service was held Saturday March 12 at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 12801 Falls Road, Rockville, MD.

Donations - In Lieu of Flowers
Mark's family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations would be welcome to the children's book program at their church.
Contact information is here.

Our thoughts and prayers
are with Mark's family.