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Consultants are experts who help organizations solve problems. Energy consultants apply their expertise in one or more energy areas to help address issues that range from reducing power costs, to studying the feasibility of launching major energy projects (such as construction of pipelines or oil platforms in dangerous deep-water areas of the ocean), to ensuring compliance with laws and regulations. External energy consultants are employed by consulting firms such as Hart Energy Consulting, or by management consulting/professional services firms such as Deloitte LLP and Booz Allen Hamilton that have energy consulting practices. They work with clients on a project basis, and clients are billed by the hour for consultants’ services. Internal energy consultants work as salaried employees for companies and other organizations, and they provide advice only to their employer. Other energy consultants are self-employed and run their own consulting firms.