[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 regulation of Entergy New Orleans (“ENO”).

The Council passed a resolution that requires an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for ENO, and stipulates reductions in both total energy consumption and peak energy demand through energy efficiency programs.

Optimal Energy will lead a team that includes the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Caulfield Consulting Group. Optimal is recognized as one of the leading practitioners of potential studies. “Optimal wrote the book on performing potential studies for the EPA,” says Optimal Founding Partner Phil Mosenthal. “Our involvement will ensure that New Orleans has a state-of-the-art approach for this study, building on highly flexible modeling tools we’ve developed.”

Optimal consults on utility-funded energy efficiency programs in many of the leading states in the ACEEE efficiency rankings. They have completed statewide potential studies for New York and Delaware and are currently conducting one for Minnesota. They are currently involved in significant efforts in Illinois, Missouri, Massachusetts, Delaware, and Rhode Island involving demand-side management (DSM) policy and strategic planning.

Founded in 1996, Optimal Energy Inc. provides a full range of energy efficiency consulting services to investor and municipally owned utilities, program administrators, state and federal energy offices, regulatory commissions, advisory councils, and advocacy groups. The firm specializes in assessing, developing, designing, planning, and launching efficiency programs and policies that effectively address the needs of all stakeholders in a cost-effective, balanced fashion.

For more information please visit Optimal Energy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and Caulfield Consulting Group.

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