John Kelly, CEO John offers over 30 years of experience in sustainable energy planning, design, and deployment including development of microgrids and distributed energy systems that reduce energy costs and environmental impacts while improving resiliency and reliability. As an expert in electricity generation, distribution and markets, he also works with suppliers and system operators to develop innovative tools, strategies and approaches for accelerating investment in system improvements. John’s experience includes :
The US Green Building Council, where he developed and applied the new PEER design and rating system.
Endurant Energy (now GI Energy), where as a co-founder he created a sustainable energy solutions practice, performing energy planning, distributed energy concept design, and energy and environmental research. This includes creating the concept design for the Illinois Institute of Technology microgrid and master controller.
The Galvin Electricity Initiative, where he designed and implemented microgrid prototypes and researched new regulatory and rate designs to enable utilities to transition to a performance based approach to growth.
The Gas Technology Institute, Des Plaines, IL, where he built the organization’s Sustainable and Distributed Energy division. This included building a distributed energy development and testing laboratory for on-site power production, research, and performance testing. He also Designed a one-hundred-year sustainable energy plan for the San Diego region that placed 2nd in an international competition, see YouTube video.
The non-profit National Energy Center for Sustainable Communities and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, where he served as a board member. He is currently the board chairman for LEAN, an organization that is promoting and advancing community choice aggregation for electricity procurement.