It started with a very simple idea: The cleanest and cheapest form of energy is the energy not used.
Clean-energy impacts have always driven our work
VEIC was founded in 1986 by Beth Sachs and the late Blair Hamilton. As a nonprofit organization, the company had a clear mission: to reduce the economic and environmental costs of energy use. The organization gave Beth and Blair a platform for delivering energy efficiency services to low-income multifamily building owners, small businesses, and residents in Vermont.
Blair’s unique program design concepts caught the attention of utilities and governments—especially small, resource-strapped governments. In Vermont, VEIC floated the idea that energy efficiency should be a matter of state law, with a single energy efficiency administrator regulated like the electric utilities. In 1999, the Vermont General Assembly created the nation’s first statewide, regulated “energy efficiency utility,” Efficiency Vermont. VEIC bid for and won the contract. We continue to administer the award-winning utility to this day.
“Our organization’s history is rooted in using energy in the best way. We are driven by purpose which results in innovation and work that propel the market forward.”
Expansion has held true to original principles
Beginning in 2008 we expanded our reach, becoming the implementer of two new efficiency programs in the District of Columbia and in Ohio. We also invested in our expertise by expanding our engineering team and establishing a transportation electrification practice.
Under the leadership of Jim Madej, who joined VEIC as CEO in 2017, the organization now also supports efficiency programs in Wisconsin and Hawaii, and operates a community solar program model that enables employers to offer benefits to participating staff.
Throughout Jim’s tenure, VEIC has been in the business of translating client input about industry trends into innovation for a new era. This work has involved big-thinking approaches that address more than just reducing fossil fuel use. VEIC is now aggressively moving the marketplace toward high-performance efficiency products, advancing transportation and building electrification, and ensuring clean and efficient energy solutions reach all people, including low-income and disenfranchised communities.
Today, we measure the impact of our work by the GHG emissions we help to mitigate.
We are committed to the planet and the life it sustains. There is no greater challenge than the health of our planet. That's why every action we take as individuals and as an organization is focused on reducing GHG for the benefit of all people.
We are always evolving. Our mission is clear, but every day we face new challenges that require unique solutions. So we push ourselves to think differently, find partners that amplify our impact, and take risks that keep us at the cutting edge of our field.
We are our people. Our collective intellectual capital and passion drives our business. That's why we cultivate a culture of trust, respect, and accountability.