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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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Optimal Staff at Home Performance Conference

March 8, 2019

Three Optimal Energy staff will be participating in the National Home Performance Conference in Chicago, April 1-4, 2019: Elizabeth Chant from the Vermont office Mike Guerard from the Rhode Island office Mat Himmelein who is based in Delaware This conference is the primary national event for home performance contractors and programs. Elizabeth Chant has been…

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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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Optimal Energy Awarded New Orleans DSM Study

May 8, 2018

[HINESBURG, VT]  Optimal Energy, Inc., a Vermont-based energy efficiency consulting team, has been selected by the New Orleans City Council to deliver a comprehensive 20-Year Demand Side Management (DSM) potential study this spring. The project is driven by the Council’s role as retail regulator for electric and gas utility services in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, including…

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New Findings: Future is Strong for Energy Efficiency in Massachusetts

April 12, 2018

Hinesburg, VT – A Vermont-based consulting team led by Optimal Energy, Inc. has determined that robust energy efficiency programs in both the electric and gas sectors in Massachusetts are feasible for years to come. Optimal Energy, with partners Energy Futures Group and others, recently presented its recommendations on the future levels of achievable energy savings…

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New Analysis: Strong NY Efficiency Target Will Save Billions

April 2, 2018

New Yorkers could save more than $7.7 billion on their energy bills while avoiding more than 15 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution within seven years if Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets a strong energy efficiency target for the state, according to a new study released today. Optimal Energy Inc., a leading energy efficiency consulting firm, released…

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