Alison Jakupca Named Principal Consultant at Kleinschmidt

Lexington, SC – February 13, 2024 – Kleinschmidt Associates, an engineering, regulatory, and environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Alison Jakupca has been named Principal Consultant.

With over two decades of regulatory expertise, Alison brings a wealth of experience to her new role, specializing in guiding clients through all facets of hydropower licensing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Her areas of focus include strategic planning, meeting facilitation, and process coordination, bolstered by a background in fisheries and wildlife biology, which she adeptly applies to provide informed guidance to clients.

Alison’s expertise extends to navigating federal licensing regulations and fully understanding FERC practices, procedures, and legal precedents. She excels in compiling a variety of licensing documents, including Preliminary Permits, Notices of Intent, Pre-Application Documents, Study Reports, License Applications, Exemption Applications, Surrender Applications, and adeptly responds to Additional Information Requests by FERC.

“Alison’s appointment as Principal Consultant testifies to her exceptional leadership and regulatory prowess,” says Jon Christensen, Chief Executive Officer at Kleinschmidt. “Her dedication to excellence and her significant contributions to our firm make her an invaluable asset to Kleinschmidt, her co-workers and our clients.”

“Alison brings an unwavering commitment to client service, collaborative energy in working with stakeholders, and enthusiasm for transferring her knowledge and inspiring others,” said Steve Layman, Southeast Regional Vice President at Kleinschmidt. “These qualities will all serve her well in continuing to excel as a Principal Consultant.”

In addition to her project duties, Alison serves as the Kleinschmidt Board of Directors’ Chair. She holds a B.S. in Aquaculture, Fisheries, and Wildlife Biology from Clemson University and remains an active member of the National Hydropower Association (NHA).

About Kleinschmidt:  

Kleinschmidt was founded in 1966 with offices throughout North America. Our practice areas include engineering, science, and planning services provided to power, energy, water, and government clients. Kleinschmidt’s team specializes in hydropower and water resource engineering, FERC licensing, fish passage and protection, hydrology and hydraulics, and habitat analysis and restoration. Our mission is to provide practical solutions for renewable energy, water, and environmental projects. For more information, visit