Chris Neme is a Co-Founder and Principal of Energy Futures Group (EFG). He specializes in analysis of markets for energy efficiency measures and the design of programs and policies to promote them. Over his 20+ years in the energy efficiency industry, Chris has conducted analyses of efficiency potential in five states; led utility-stakeholder “collaboratives” in six states; led or supported the development of Technical Reference Manuals for deemed savings in eight states/provinces, defended expert witness testimony before regulatory commissions in ten different jurisdictions; and reviewed or developed efficiency programs and policies in more than 20 different states, several Canadian provinces and several European countries. Chris has published a number of papers and reports on a wide range of efficiency program and policy topics, led several different training courses on the elements of good efficiency program design, recently served as Co-Chair of NEEP’s EM&V Research and Evaluation Committee and is currently assisting NEEP in managing an emerging technologies project.
Richard Faesy is a principal and co-founder of Energy Futures Group in Hinesburg, Vermont. As a Certified Energy Rater and LEED Accredited Professional, he specializes in residential buildings, technologies and markets, with a focus on residential retrofit, energy rating and labeling, ENERGY STAR Homes, building codes, energy efficiency financing, green building and effective energy efficiency policy, program design and implementation. He currently works with clients in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, the U.S. federal government and others. He has been active locally, regionally and nationally in many residential new construction and retrofit, energy rating and disclosure, energy financing, codes and green building efforts for more than 25 years. Richard helped create and was the founding president of the board of the Northeast HERS Alliance, and was a founding board member of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), serving from inception in 1995 until 2010, including terms as president and other officer positions. Richard has been featured in a national Dateline/NBC story on energy efficiency and was also awarded RESNET’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Prior to co-founding Energy Futures Group, Richard managed the Energy Efficiency Division of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation’s (VEIC) consulting business.
Glenn is Co-founder and Principal of Energy Futures Group (EFG). He has more than 25 years of expertise in demand-side management program planning and evaluation; energy-efficiency policy development and implementation; building codes and appliance standards development; and group facilitation and consensus building. He has also played a lead role in numerous baseline, impact analysis, and potential study projects. Glenn currently is a lead residential advisor to the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) assisting and overseeing program design and implementation of residential lighting, appliance, HVAC, and consumer electronics programs. He plays similar roles for advisory councils in Connecticut and Rhode Island, is providing technical support on the review of efficiency potential studies in several states and is co-author of an upcoming Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) report on the conduct of potential studies. Glenn previously served as a lead trainer for the Association of Energy Services Professionals’ (AESP’s) DSM 101 workshops and as a member of the Board of the Program for Evaluation and Analysis of Residential Lighting (PEARL). Prior to co-founding EFG, Glenn was a Managing Consultant at VEIC, Director of Regional Infinitives at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), and Deputy Director of East Coast Consulting at XENERGY (now KEMA).
Jim Grevatt brings over 20 years’ experience as a leadership professional in energy efficiency program operations to his consulting practice. Jim focuses on both the forest and the trees, using an in-depth knowledge of the nuts and bolts of running programs and a clear understanding of strategic thinking and planning to ensure that programs achieve their desired market impacts. Throughout his career, Jim has focused on building strong relationships with staff, peers, trade allies, and clients as the best way to understand the needs and challenges that each sector faces.
Chris Kramer provides consulting services to government agencies, utilities, and consumer and environmental advocates on the development of cutting-edge policies and programs to advance investment in energy efficiency. He serves as the lead financing consultant to the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board, a consultant on financing matters to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and a technical advisor in evaluating California’s recently approved suite of energy efficiency financing programs. He has led or contributed to several studies and papers on energy efficiency financing topics, including approaches to secondary markets, financing and regulatory issues, taxpayer-funded financing programs, on-bill repayment, and best practices in financing program design. He has served on the Advisory Committee of the ACEEE Financing Forum and has presented on energy efficiency financing at multiple conferences. He has educated NYSERDA staff on the launch of the New York Green Bank and advised Texas municipalities on the “PACE in a Box” financing model. While at EFG, he has also compared administrative costs across states and energy efficiency programs for the U.S. Department of Energy and separately for a large California utility, served as lead author of Ten Pitfalls of Potential Studies for the Regulatory Assistance Project, reviewed and critiqued Iowa’s energy efficiency residential programs for the state’s consumer advocate, researched building energy policies in cities across the U.S., conducted a residential market characterization for the District of Columbia’s Sustainable Energy Utility, helped draft an energy code compliance plan for Vermont, and developed guidelines to assist HVAC contractors expand into home performance. Prior to joining EFG, Chris helped launch an energy efficiency lending program at the Low Income Investment Fund and served as a financing expert on NYSERDA’s Green Jobs Green New York Advisory Council.
Gabrielle Stebbins is a Senior Consultant at Energy Futures Group in Hinesburg, Vermont where her interest is in bringing together the energy efficiency and renewables realms through policy analysis and program design and implementation. Prior to joining EFG, Gabrielle served as Executive Director to Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), the state trade association representing hundreds of solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass businesses actively building a clean energy future in Vermont. In this capacity, she led REVs energy policy work in the legislative and regulatory realms on a variety of issues including, but not limited to, the development and modification of Vermont’s Feed-In-Tariff and Renewable Portfolio Standard, Net-Metering program, energy permitting process, licensure requirements and renewable incentive and tax structures while also increasing membership 200%.
Representing all renewable energy technologies of all sizes, and a variety of stakeholders from independent developers to transmission utilities, provided Gabrielle with both detailed understanding of and interaction in local and state energy market issues as well as regional energy planning issues. Her experience in working with federal and local delegates on energy-related issues makes her frequently sought out as a presenter and speaker for energy conferences, debates and educational forums. Previously, she was a Program Manager at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation where she managed a variety of innovative programs including the Vermont Renewable Energy Incentive Program, Efficiency Vermont’s Community Energy Project, Efficiency Vermont’s Biomass Incentive Development and Green Mountain Power’s School Photovoltaic Challenge. She is the founder and a board member of the Renewable Energy Vermont Education Fund and serves on the Burlington Electric Commission.