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 (FY2015)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DTE Energy – Vicki Campbell
Vicki Campbell is the Director of Energy Efficiency Programs at DTE Energy. She has responsibility for the Energy Optimization and Energy Partnership and Services organizations. Her groups develop and promote energy efficiency products and services to electric and gas customers throughout the State of Michigan.
Responsibilities have included a broad range of utility operations in the company including Regulated Customer Marketing, Customer Service, Resource Planning, Accounting and Budgeting, Product Development and Information Technology. Ms. Campbell is also actively involved in many community and professional organizations. She holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan—Dearborn.
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 – John Cuttica
John Cuttica has been in the energy field for more than 30 years, with most of his career spent in the energy Research and Development (R&D) area, having held the position of VP of End Use Research at the Gas Research Institute for more than 10 years. Cuttica and the Energy Resources Center staff work closely with the Illinois State Energy Office in the development and implementation of the State’s Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard as it applies to the public sector. Prior to his work at the Gas Research Institute, Cuttica was responsible for the Consumer Product R&D Program at the U.S. Department of Energy.
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.
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity – Mel Nickerson
Mr. Nickerson leads a team that specializes in programs and policies that spur the development of Illniois’ Green Economy. He has led several key initiatives that include managing the formation of: a Clean Energy Investment Fund, an Energy Storage program, a building codes enhancement program that encourages the construction of energy efficient buildings, an energy efficiency Wastewater Treatment Plant program and expanded the annual recycling budget as a means of furthering economic development and to offset greenhouse gas emissions.
Prior to joining DCEO, Mel was Staff Attorney and Government Relations Specialist at the Environmental Law and Policy Center where he successfully led several legislative initiatives in Illinois by building alliances with Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies and legislators. Mel was honored as the 2011 Recycler of the Year by the Illinois Recycling Association and the Museum of Science and Industry has recognized him as a Green Revolutionary for his outstanding contributions to recycling. Melville Nickerson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a concentrated study in Spanish. He earned his Juris Doctorate at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He lives in Chicago with his wife Sheena, and two sons Arun and Ravi.
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 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.
MidAmerican Energy – Tina Yoder
Tina Yoder is the Manager of Energy Efficiency for MidAmerican Energy.
Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources – Joe Plummer
Joe Plummer is an engineer and regulatory analyst in the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. His responsibilities include overseeing ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs and serving as a technical resource to utilities and other efficiency providers. Much of his recent work has focused on the development of an IT platform for energy efficiency data management and reporting for the State of Minnesota in partnership with Energy Platforms, LLC. Joe is a Certified Energy Manager through the Association of Energy Engineers and has masters degrees in electrical engineering and science, technology, and environmental policy from the University of Minnesota. In his spare time, Joe enjoys playing with his daughter, running, skiing, reading, and making music.
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.
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.
Navigant Consulting – Randy Gunn
Randy Gunn has more than 25 years of experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of utility energy service programs. He has extensive experience with DSM portfolio evaluation studies, market potential studies, market assessments, baseline studies and regulatory projects, and often leads Navigant projects in these areas. He currently is leading portfolio evaluation studies for ComEd, American Electric Power Ohio, Nicor, People’s Gas, and Public Service Company of Oklahoma.
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.
Xcel Energy – Karen Rhodes
Karen has been with Xcel Energy for over 10 years involved in energy efficiency primarily through marketing and product management. For the past six years, she has been responsible for energy-efficiency program strategy and achievement, as well as related regulatory compliance, for programs targeted at business customers. She currently leads marketing and program management efforts in Minnesota, Colorado, and New Mexico. In 2008, areas under her responsibility saved 419 GWh and 470,000 Dth with combined budgets of over $45.0 million. From 1998 to 2000, she managed one of the largest business energy efficiency programs for Northern States Power Company and was involved in conservation program design. After the merger that created Xcel Energy in August of 2000, she moved to the Segment Marketing group to help lead focused marketing efforts, including entering deregulated markets. She became the manager of Business Marketing in early 2003 and remains responsible for strategic market planning and program results for commercial customers. Prior to her career in energy efficiency, Karen held a variety of marketing positions in the retail, transportation, and franchise management industries. Karen earned her BBA degree in Marketing from The University of Michigan and her MBA degree, also in Marketing, from the University of Minnesota. Her interests in family, fishing, and outdoor activities align well with her career initiatives to encourage utility customers to lower their energy use and environmental impacts.