A Shared Vision for Energy Efficiency
MEEA was formed by diverse energy stakeholders, many of whom serve on MEEA's performance-focused Board of Directors, including representatives from utilities, non-profits, local and state governments, academic and research institutions, retailers and manufacturers, energy professionals and businesses. These authorities on energy have years of experience and come together through MEEA to transform markets, make a positive impact economically and environmentally, and to fully support the increase of energy efficiency throughout the Midwest. MEEA is where their paths intersect and where they successfully collaborate in order to advance policy, programs and future energy efficiency solutions.
With the support of our Board, MEEA balances the needs and interests of its members to create a focused agenda, a unified voice and a cohesive team.
MEEA Board of Directors (FY2016)
Alliant Energy – Jeanine Penticoff (Chair)
Responsible for delivering robust energy efficiency programs, demand response and small renewable products and services to residential, business, commercial, industrial and agriculture customers in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Manage account management teams and business resource center which supports the company's large commercial and industrial, mid-size business and agricultural customers. Lead company's efforts to support economic development and community relations initiatives within the Alliant Energy service territory.
CLEAResult – Lauren Casentini (Vice-Chair)
Lauren is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of energy program management, consulting and policy experience, including more than two decades in the utility industry in various leadership roles at PG&E. She manages the design and implementation of energy efficiency programs for CLEAResult’s clients in California and the Midwest.
Representing ENERGY STAR during the California energy crisis, Lauren worked with policy, utility and regulatory stakeholders to create the state-wide “Flex Your Power” awareness campaign to reduce peak demand by stimulating conservation and energy efficiency.
Lauren’s nuanced understanding of the energy industry inspired her to co-found Resource Solutions Group in 2006 with unique approaches to programs benefitting residential, commercial and institutional customers. RSG joined the CLEAResult family of companies in 2011. Lauren holds a B.A. in management from St. Mary’s College.
AEP Ohio – Jon Williams (Treasurer)
Jon Williams is responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of energy efficiency and peak demand reduction programs for AEP Ohio's 1.5 million customers. He has 29 years of experience working with customers on energy-related issues, including energy efficiency, demand response and power quality. Williams previously managed customer services operations in Eastern and Western Ohio for AEP Ohio, and before that oversaw customer services operations in the Virginia area for Appalachian Power.
Missouri Department of Economic Development, Division of Energy – Llona Weiss (Secretary)
Llona Weiss serves as the Deputy Director for Administration of the Energy Division at the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) – Missouri’s State Energy Office. Prior to this post, Weiss served as Director of that office and as assistant to the CEO of Missouri Employer’s Mutual in Columbia, Missouri and as a district director for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. During 2005-07, Llona served as Trustee on the Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees.
Argonne National Laboratory – Dr. Ralph T. Muehleisen
Dr. Ralph Muehleisen is the Principal Building Scientist and technical leader of the Building Energy Decision and Technology Research program at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Muehleisen leads a variety of energy efficiency research thrusts at Argonne including the development of probabilistic building energy modeling, development of automatic energy model calibration methods, and development of innovative measurement techniques for building infiltration. Prior to joining Argonne in 2011, Dr. Muehleisen was an Associate Professor of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Director of the Architectural Engineering program at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
CenterPoint Energy – Nick Mark
Nick Mark is the Manager for Conservation and Renewable Energy Policy at CenterPoint Energy, Minnesota’s largest natural gas utility. He has regulatory responsibility for the company’s Conservation Improvement Program, one of the foremost natural gas energy efficiency programs in the country. His activities include setting strategic and policy priorities for the program, ensuring the program complies with all state requirements, and leading the development and submission of program plans and annual status reports. He also represents CenterPoint on policy matters related to conservation and renewable energy in Minnesota. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a BA from Carleton College.
Commonwealth Edison Company – Michael Brandt
Michael Brandt is the Manager of Energy Efficiency Planning and Measurement at ComEd, Illinois’ largest electric distribution company. Mike’s responsibilities include the development of ComEd’s 3-year Energy Efficiency Plans and annual Illinois Power Agency (IPA) EE Plans. He also has responsibility for the management of the evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) function, EE Reporting function, and R&D for EE. Mike manages all regulatory dockets, serving as the primary witness, for all energy efficiency related issues. He has been with ComEd for over 30 years and has served in his current role for 8 years. He holds an MBA with a concentration Quantitative Analysis & Statistics from the University Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago.
East Kentucky Power Cooperative – Scott Drake
Scott is currently the Manager of Corporate Technical Services at East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC). In this position, Scott develops and manages all energy efficiency programs for 16 of the 24 rural customer-owned electric cooperatives in Kentucky. EKPC has developed and continues to build a diverse DSM portfolio without state-mandated energy efficiency requirements. Their incentive programs include weatherization, HVAC equipment and duct sealing, new home construction, residential lighting, commercial and industrial lighting, and industrial compressed-air. EKPC has participated in MEEA’s Midwest LUMEN meetings and served as a host in 2013. Prior to this post, Scott served EKPC as manager of its Envision Energy Services, LLC, a for-profit subsidiary specializing in commercial and industrial DSM programs, and as both senior engineer for R&D and transmission planning and transmission line design. Scott is a registered professional engineer in Kentucky and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky at Lexington.
Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois Chicago – Cliff Haefke
Cliff Haefke serves as the Acting Director of the Energy Resources Center (ERC), located at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The ERC is an interdisciplinary public service, research, and special projects organization that works to improve energy efficiency and the environment, providing expertise in the areas of energy efficiency, distributed generation, utilities billing management, and biofuels and bioenergy. As Acting Director, Cliff oversees the Center’s business and research efforts and is responsible for the Center’s strategic direction. Cliff also serves as the Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Energy sponsored Midwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership, a technical outreach program that promotes combined heat and power (CHP), waste heat-to-power (WHP), and district energy CHP technologies in the industrial, commercial, and institutional market sectors in the 12 State Midwest Region.
Cliff holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA both from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Cliff is a member of the International District Energy Association (IDEA) and the U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association, serves on the Board of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and is President of the Midwest Cogeneration Association.
Franklin Energy Services, LLC – Paul Schueller
Paul Schueller is the founder of Franklin Energy, a consulting firm specializing in the implementation of energy efficiency programs for utility and state administrative clients. He has also designed demand-side management and market transformation programs for utility and government agency clients in the commercial, industrial, residential and low-income sectors. Prior to starting Franklin Energy, Paul was responsible for the start-up of a successful energy services company.
ICF International – Wendy Jaehn
Wendy Jaehn has over 13 years of experience in the renewable energy and energy efficiency field. She currently works to elevate ICF’s EE market presence in the Midwest. She worked previously at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, where she oversaw unprecedented budget, staff, and membership growth. As the Executive Director, she built strong relationships with utilities, state energy offices, EE advocates and contractors across the Midwest. Wendy joined MEEA in 2001 as their Program Director and later served as their Deputy Director prior to becoming MEEA’s Executive Director. Wendy also previously performed technical and financial analysis and helped to manage a $35 million DOE solar energy program. Most recently, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the Chicago Area Runners Association, where she helped stabilize the organization in a time of its turmoil and questionable viability. In less than four years, Wendy completely rebranded the organization, doubled the operating budget, and increased the staff size by 25%. Wendy holds an M.B.A. in Economics and Nonprofit Management from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. in Environmental Systems Technology from Cornell University.
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity – Marion Lunn
Marion “Molly” Lunn is the Acting Deputy Director for Energy & Recycling, at the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. In this capacity, she manages a variety of statewide programs and planning efforts that save energy, generate clean and reliable electricity, and promote sustainable transportation – all while supporting economic development and job creation. Before joining the State, Molly was with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where she played many roles, including managing technical assistance for state and local governments. Molly has also had previous at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and was a Presidential Management Fellow. She received an MPA in environmental science and policy from Columbia University, and a BA in international studies and Spanish from Emory University.
Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI) – Adam Cooper
Adam Cooper manages electric efficiency research projects at IEI, an Institute of the Edison Foundation. His recent work includes developing a compilation of smart meter deployment efforts by investor owned utilities and large public power agencies; tracking electric utility regulatory frameworks on a state-by-state basis; estimating the benefits and costs of smart meters for residential customers; assessing the potential energy savings from building codes and appliance standards; developing strategies for making codes and standards programs part of utility energy efficiency portfolios; and identifying the total energy savings from rate-payer funded electric efficiency programs administered by utilities and third-party administrators. Prior to joining IEE, Mr. Cooper was a consultant that developed regional economic analyses in the fields of environmental regulation, tax policy, economic development, transportation, and the automotive industry for the private sector, local, state, and federal U.S. governments and the European Commission. Mr. Cooper received a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and Bachelors of Arts in Economics and History from Brandeis University.
Leidos – John Nicol
John is the Energy Program Director with Leidos, formerly SAIC Engineering with more than 32 years of experience in energy efficiency related fields. Across this period, John has served as: Energy Research Engineer at the Oak Ridge National Lab; Technical Manager for Wisconsin Electric’s Smart Money program; Consultant for energy efficiency projects in Romania, Latvia and Belorussia with a special focus on industrial and commercial district heating networks; industrial energy efficiency consultant to staff offices at the US House of Representatives; Program Director for Ameren Illinois Act-On-Energy; Program Adviser for the Hawaii Energy program; and Program Director for ComEd’s Smart Ideas Process Efficiency program. John has deep roots in the Midwest with family members in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Nationally, he has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy, and Consortium for Energy Efficiency and many electric and natural gas utilities. John is a registered professional mechanical engineer in the State of Wisconsin and holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Michigan Agency for Energy – Valerie J.M. Brader
Valerie Brader is the Executive Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. Her service with the administration began in 2011 and prior to this role, she served as Deputy Legal Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Snyder, including work on the City of Detroit bankruptcy case. Before her service in state government she was a member (partner) at Bodman PLC, practicing primarily environmental and corporate law (with a specialization in assisting new or expanding businesses, from incorporation to securing permits and tax credits). A Rhodes Scholar and published author in both the legal and scientific presses, Brader previously worked as the career law clerk for the Hon. John Feikens of the Eastern District of Michigan, as an environmental consultant to the EPA and Department of Defense, and for Gov. Phil Batt (R-Idaho) on environmental and natural resource issues. Brader, who was the youngest person in the country to be selected to assist a federal court under the "Special Master" rule, was selected by Crain's Detroit Business as one of the "40 under 40" in Metro Detroit, by Michigan Lawyer's Weekly as a "rising star," and by the Joyce Ivy Foundation as its Leader of the Year. Brader received her AB magna cum laude in government from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, has two masters degrees from the University of Oxford (an MSc in Environmental Change and Management and an MSt in Historical Studies), and a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown Law Center. Brader was the past winner of the Harvard College Women's Leadership Award and was first-runner up in the Pacific Legal Foundation's national writing competition. Brader served as an officer of the Women's Caring Program, Harvard Club of Eastern Michigan and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Michigan Electric Cooperative Association – Art Thayer
Art is the Director of Energy Efficiency Programs for the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association (MECA). His responsibilities include managing the design, implementation and third-party evaluation of all EE programs, and involvement in the legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to the Energy Optimization Programs in Michigan under Public Act 295 of 2008. He has an extensive background and experience in the energy industry ranging from cost and scheduling for construction of a nuclear power plant in Michigan to managing sales and technical support for a leading manufacturer of geothermal HVAC equipment. He has also managed energy efficiency and evaluation programs for Consumers Energy and most recently for 8 cooperatives and 4 municipal utilities in the State of Michigan. Art is also currently the President of the Michigan Geothermal Energy Association and past Director of the Home Builder’s Association of Michigan. Prior to his work at the Association, Art served as the Michigan Territory Manager for Waterfurnace International, as the residential marketing programs manager and engineering research analyst for Consumers Energy and as a lead cost engineer for Bechtel Power Corporation in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Art holds a BA in the Social Sciences from Spring Arbor College in Spring Arbor, Michigan.
Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating – Kevin DeMaster
Kevin DeMaster consults with utilities and implementers on utility program design utilizing extremely energy efficient Mitsubishi Electric ductless heat pumps with inverter driven variable speed refrigerant flow technologies. These products revolutionize residential and commercial heating and cooling energy efficiency programs and drive market transformation.. Kevin has 25 years business operations experience with 10+ years focused on designing and implementing innovative gas and electric DSM residential and commercial programs throughout the Midwest with both WECC and CLEAResult.
Morgan Marketing Partners – Rick Morgan
Rick Morgan has more than 35 years of experience in the energy efficiency field and has been an active member of the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) since the 1980s. As president of Morgan Marketing Partners, established in 1995, he helps utilities, regional efficiency programs and energy companies throughout the U.S. with their energy programs and marketing challenges. He assists his clients with strategic marketing, creation of new products and services, efficiency program/service planning and marketing planning to achieve their goals.
Nexant – Sam Mueller
Sam is currently Vice President of Nexant’s Demand Management business unit and Director of Engineering, where he has demonstrated powerful leadership since joining the firm in 2002. Sam oversees a Madison, Wisconsin-based office of 98 engineers that are delivering custom technical solutions to municipalities, investor-owned utilities and energy end-users. His expertise includes designing and managing utility-sponsored demand-side management programs, conducting market assessments, estimating energy and demand savings and providing measurement and verification support. Sam also serves as Nexant’s senior account manager for several of the company’s existing utility clients in the Midwest, including MidAmerican Energy, ComEd, Nicor Gas, Xcel Energy, and Vectren Electric Delivery. Sam holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Nicor Gas – Jim Jerozal
Jim is currently the Managing Director and General Manager of Energy Efficiency for Nicor Gas (an AGL Resources company) and is located at the company’s operational headquarters in Naperville, Illinois. In this position, Jim was responsible for developing the company’s $150 million dollar gas energy efficiency program that, this plan year, will be the largest gas-only EEP in the country. The program also entails an emerging technology element that is quite unique to the industry. In the process of building the program, Jim has collaborated effectively on the policy front with stakeholders, regulators and other utility partners.
Prior to this post, Jim served Nicor as General Manager of Environmental Health and Safety and its Regulatory Compliance Manger. Prior to Nicor, Jim was Director of Technical and Business Services at the Laidlaw/Safety-Kleen Technical Business Center, and an environmental engineer and project manager for ERM-Southeast in Charleston, South Carolina. Jim holds a BS in Bioengineering from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Jim has more than 26 years’ experience in the energy and environmental fields.
Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas – Pat Michalkiewicz
Patrick Michalkiewicz is responsible for the development, management and implementation of the energy efficiency programs for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas (IL). Patrick has more than 29 years of natural gas and electric utility experience, and is a member of the Chicago Region Initiative for Better Buildings, the Chicago Retrofit Steering Committee and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Schneider Electric – Aurelie Richard
Aurelie Richard is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Schneider Electric North America Operations. She joined the North American Operations of Schneider in 2007 as the Vice President, Business Controlling responsible for NAOD commercial and manufacturing finance. In 2009 she was named Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Schneider Electric Buildings Business. Ms. Richard joined Schneider Electric in 2003 as the Reporting and Consolidation Manager at the corporate offices in Paris, France. She held several positions in the corporate offices in Paris before moving to the United States. Before joining Schneider Electric, Aurelie built up her experience with a 9 year tenure with Ernst & Young in France and in the United States working on international assignments. Her education consists of an under-graduate degree in accounting and finance with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from School of Management in Lyon, France. She also has a CPA from France.
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) – Mary Woolsey Schlaefer
Mary Woolsey Schlaefer has extensive leadership experience in both energy efficiency program design and implementation and energy policy. Mary is CEO of WECC, a non-profit that administers and implements energy efficiency, renewable energy and related financing programs in 18 states throughout the US. She has successfully led development of new financing models that cost-effectively drive deeper energy savings, as well as new approaches to reach underserved end-use customers. Prior to joining WECC in 2008, Mary served as Deputy Secretary and Executive Assistant for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. There she was senior advisor to the Governor on energy regulatory issues and clean energy economic development strategies. She was also the lead liaison to all Wisconsin utilities and the EPA on energy-related environmental regulatory matters. Mary holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.