Director of Market Analytics and Optimization


Erdal currently serves as Director of Market Analytics and Optimization – leading the development of our proprietary market forecasting and AI-driven approach to optimize the portfolio of our future operating assets.


Before joining Black Mountain, Erdal worked as a Senior Market Monitoring Analyst at CAISO and progressed through highly analytical roles, including various forecasting and asset valuation projects for North America and Europe at ABB/Ventyx throughout a combined 7-year tenure. Most recently, Erdal served as Manager of Power Fundamentals at Vistra, where he was in the team developing the forecasting and trading approaches used to operate the largest battery in North America.


Erdal possesses a great depth and breadth of power market knowledge, ISO tariffs, and a variety of technical skill sets. Erdal earned his BA in International Trade from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and earned his Ph.D. in Economics with a Graduate Minor in Statistics from the University of Wyoming. His dissertation was about economic and statistical analysis of enhanced oil recovery techniques.