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Optimal Energy charts a course for how demand-side management could reduce San Antonio’s GHG emissions 11% by 2030

May 20, 2020

Optimal Energy worked with the Sierra Club to assess the past 10 years of demand-side management efforts from CPS Energy, San Antonio’s municipal electric and gas utility. CPS Energy’s performance lags behind other large municipal utilities in its peer group, like nearby Austin Energy, and the goal structure for CPS is in need of an…

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Optimal-led team completes potential study for Pennsylvania

March 4, 2020

Optimal Energy just led the work to estimate the potential for energy efficiency in Pennsylvania as part of Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission’s work to establish goals for Phase IV of Act 129.  Optimal led a team including our own staff and team members from EcoMetric, Demand Side Analytics, and Brightline, as subcontractors to NMR Group…

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Optimal Energy defines the case for an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) in Virginia

January 6, 2020

Optimal Energy worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council to outline why an EERS is needed in Virginia. An EERS would address Virginia’s  extremely low national ranking in energy savings from efficiency. It would also provide a highly cost-effective path towards the carbon goals that have been adopted by the Commonwealth. Read Optimal Energy’s policy…

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Optimal Energy is growing and hiring!

October 10, 2019

If you or someone you know is looking for the opportunities in clean energy, we want to meet you! Current open positions: Vermont Office –Analyst Job Description Vermont or Rhode Island Office – Consultant / Senior Consultant Job Description Optimal Energy is a small, nationally recognized consulting firm that provides expertise on sustainable energy policy and programs. This includes research and analysis to…

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Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Continuous Improvement Workshop

August 23, 2019

Optimal Energy’s Mathew Himmelein is an invited participant to the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Continuous Improvement Workshop in Chicago, August 27. The workshop is sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratories. It identifies clear, concise, actionable suggestions to improve WAP implementation at all levels based on practical experience. Mat serves as State Monitor for the…

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Energy efficiency co-benefits as a driver for multifamily retrofits

May 16, 2019

Optimal Managing Consultant Elizabeth Chant will present at the convening of Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) and the Network for Energy, Water, and Health in Affordable Buildings (NEWHAB) in Los Angeles, May 21-23. She joins colleagues Rebecca Schaaf and Tawe Wongbuphanimitr from Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) and Bruce Tonn of ThreeCubed.…

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Staff Spotlight – Gretchen Calcagni, Consultant

March 12, 2019

How long have you been with Optimal Energy?  Almost 6 ½ years. Time flies! Please share your career path before you joined Optimal My first jobs out of college were focused on non-profit and government program and grants management. I worked for the Vermont Humanities Council, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and as a federal…

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New York State Announces Dramatic Increase in Energy Efficiency, as Recommended by Optimal Energy Analysis

December 20, 2018

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on December 17, 2018, that New York State has adopted aggressive new energy efficiency goals that will more than double the 2025 targets for the efficiency programs of investor-owned utilities. A Public Service Commission Order estimated that work toward these goals will create more than 50,000 jobs in the State. The…

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Funding Efficiency with Health Dollars

December 10, 2018

“Are There Health Care Dollars for In-Home Interventions?” Optimal Energy’s Senior Consultant Mark Kravatz addressed this key question recently at the 2018 Conference on Health, Environment, and Energy in New Orleans. The conference was hosted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). And, in case you missed it, click here to view this related paper from ACEEE…

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Optimal Energy Welcomes Energy Efficiency Expert Elizabeth Chant

November 27, 2018

[HINESBURG, VT] Optimal Energy, Inc., a Vermont-based energy efficiency consulting group, is proud to announce energy efficiency expert Elizabeth Chant has joined the leadership team as Managing Consultant. Chant brings passion and deep expertise in the areas of equity and access to sustainable energy. She has successfully fought for people who have been historically under-represented…

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