SMCHS Alumni Career Day 2010

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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 2010

  1. 1. SMCHS Alumni Career Day Chris Abbamonto Class of 1996 November 2010
  2. 2. 2 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
  3. 3. 3 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?
  4. 4. 4 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
  5. 5. 5 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
  6. 6. 6 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!
  7. 7. 7 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
  8. 8. Winery Wastewater Aerator 8 OLD NEWOLD NEW
  9. 9. 9 Understanding Energy Uses  Dairyman has 5 hours to get 98ºF milk down to 40ºF milk for pickup  Vacuum, Pumping, Refrigeration, and Lighting
  10. 10. 10 Understanding Energy Uses
  11. 11. 11 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

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