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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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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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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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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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PSC staffer proposes putting AEP energy efficiency program on hiatus

April 2, 2018

Programs for Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power customers to lower their utility bills should be put “on hiatus” until it’s clear they provide a net benefit, a member of the state Public Service Commission’s independent staff said, but the company and outside parties say that argument is based on misused statistics. Click here to read…

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Vermont-Based Firms Advise on Nation-Leading Energy Programs

November 7, 2017

A Vermont-based consulting team led by Optimal Energy, Inc., with partners Cx Associates and Energy Futures Group, has played a key role in helping Massachusetts to be the top ranked state in the nation by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). ACEEE’s recently released 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which rates states…

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