Firms Combine Expertise in Supply Channel Relationships, Utility Program Design and Implementation

Energy Solutions and Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) today announced a strategic alliance to advance best practices in upstream and midstream energy efficiency program design and implementation. This alliance strengthens each firm’s ability to advance these programs anywhere in North America and covers the full range of building end-use technologies. Together, the combined upstream and midstream team has served market actors and utility clients since 1998 and has active programs in 19 states.

Energy efficiency program administrators are increasingly turning to upstream and midstream programs to accelerate the adoption of efficient technologies and significantly increase savings. When done properly, strategic engagement of the supply channel—manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, distributors, and contractors—can increase program participation by orders of magnitude, transform the products that are stocked and sold, and provide new and improved strategies for enhanced utility customer engagement.

To ensure success, upstream and midstream approaches require different implementation strategies, resources, and relationships than downstream programs, as well as a nuanced understanding of how market actors work together to transact business in each technology supply chain.

“Our alliance enables us to leverage each firm’s deep relationships and trust with major manufacturers and distributors,” said Emily Levin, Managing Consultant in VEIC’s Consulting Division. “We’re combining our strategies and resources to engage market actors and utilities with programs that address the breadth of client needs and technologies. Together, our programs provide proven solutions in every customer sector and technology end use.”

"We have a great deal of respect for VEIC as a leader in our industry, and strong alignment in mission, vision, and approach to market engagement. We are excited to join forces to field a comprehensive set of proven implementation strategies for upstream and midstream incentive programs. No two market actors are the same, especially across industries, and this alliance provides our clients and market actors with an experienced and geographically diverse program team.” said Chris Burmester, Energy Solutions’ VP of Products and Strategy.

About VEIC

The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 with a mission to act with urgency to enhance the economic, environmental, and societal benefits of clean and efficient energy use for all people. For more information:

About Energy Solutions

Energy Solutions is an employee-owned clean energy consulting firm founded in 1995 with a mission to create large-scale environmental impacts by providing market-based, cost-effective energy, carbon, and water management solutions. We seek to develop reliable, high-value partnerships with our clients through a strong commitment to innovation, collaboration and industry-leading quality. For more information:

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