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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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Adam Jacobs – No Fear of Heights!

April 27, 2020

Staff Spotlight You joined Optimal Energy fairly recently, from a position as Energy Manager for the City of Boston. What attracted you to our company, and to your specific role? Adam: An early career mentor of mine helped me understand the importance of getting on-the-ground experience before moving into consulting. In the decade since, I’ve…

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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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Staff Spotlight – Matthew Socks, Senior Consultant

October 4, 2019

How long have you been with Optimal Energy? September marked 12 years! With a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, what led you to a career in energy efficiency? Growing up in southeast Michigan, for most my life I thought I would end up working in the automotive industry. I’ve always gravitated to the technical…

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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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