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SMCHS Alumni Career Day 2010



A brief overview of the Energy Efficiency Industry from my perspective in California for a group of High School Students

A brief overview of the Energy Efficiency Industry from my perspective in California for a group of High School Students



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  • SMCHS Alumni Career Day Chris Abbamonto Class of 1996 November 2010
  • Chris Abbamonto
    • B.A. Biology – Concordia University, Irvine, 2005
    • M.B.A. – UC Irvine, 2009
    • Married in 2004 – 3 Children
    • Work at Resource Solutions Group
    • Live in Half Moon Bay, California
  • What is Sustainability?
    • “ Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” – epa.gov/sustainability
    • Going “GREEN”
    • Natural Resource Efficiency
    • Carbon Emission Reduction
    • What industry can do all of these?
  • Energy Efficiency
    • The most cost effective method of carbon emission reduction
    • EE before solar PV
    • EE before other renewable generation
    • Real green jobs for real engineers, craft labor, and environmental entrepreneurs
    • Reduction of energy consumption (gas, electricity, and water) through retrofit and system optimization
  • Skills and Education Needed
    • Ability to Understand Complex Systems
    • Strong Critical Thinking, Logic, and Reasoning
    • Energy Engineering – ME or EE degree
    • Energy Management – Business/Engineering
    • Energy Project Management – Business
    • Energy Management System – Trade School
  • Who Is Hiring?
    • Utilities – SCE, PG&E, SCG, SDG&E, Muni’s
    • ESCOs – Energy Services Company
    • Major Facilities – Universities, Industry, Government, and Private Business
    • Engineering Firms – Project Design
    • Energy Efficiency Consulting – RSG!
  • Resource Solutions Group
    • Third Party Energy Efficiency Programs
      • SEE – K-12 Schools Program (PG&E)
      • WIES – Small to Medium Winery Program (PG&E)
      • DIRA – Large Dairy Program (PG&E)
      • PREPS – Private Schools Program (SCG)
    • Energy Program Design and Administration
      • Chicago, Illinois
      • Wyoming
      • Pennsylvania
      • Lots of work outside of California
  • Winery Wastewater Aerator OLD NEW OLD NEW
  • Understanding Energy Uses
    • Dairyman has 5 hours to get 98ºF milk down to 40ºF milk for pickup
    • Vacuum, Pumping, Refrigeration, and Lighting
  • Understanding Energy Uses
  • Why Energy Efficiency?
    • Energy efficiency is meeting some of the most difficult challenges of our time
    • Scarcity of resources = increasing cost
    • Job growth in a down economy
    • Energy efficiency makes business sense – EE as an investment
    • International demand for knowledgeable people