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Energy Efficiency: Fundamentals and Job Opportunities

9:00am to 5:00pm
June 18, 2013

Learn the fundamentals of energy efficiency for organizations, and build supporting skills around measuring and reducing your energy footprint, starting with commercial buildings.

This Intensive Course will help you understand the basic building blocks on energy and electricity metrics and energy efficiency concepts and economics. The course will outline the process of improving energy efficiency for commercial buildings with a series of lectures and hands on labs and open discussion.

Building on the understanding of key energy metrics used in industry today, the course will move to the practical application for organizations—be they large, small, public or private. Using simple techniques students will learn how to measure and benchmark energy performance and build mitigation plans to lower energy and emissions in addition to reducing costs.

The course will conclude with an analysis of the leading companies in energy efficiency and potential job roles in this space.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

• Apply calculations to your building/s to set a baseline and understand opportunities to save energy, reduce emissions and lower costs,
• Realize savings by preparing for an energy audit and take advantage of available incentives; and
• Quantify your current energy and emissions footprint, including:

• Enabling real energy reduction strategies
• Lowering energy costs for organizations
• Understanding who are the leading companies and potential job roles in the energy efficiency space


  • Energy and electricity basics
  • Footprint normalization and analysis
  • Energy Audit
  • Energy economics, electricity pricing and utility incentives
  • Landscape on leading companies in energy efficiency and potential job roles
  • Summary and open discussion


• Build an Energy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory
• Energy normalization and analysis
• Prepare for an Energy Audit
• Applying for incentives

Students should bring a wireless internet-ready laptop with a spreadsheet tool (i.e. Excel).

Pre-Course Resources:

• Energy Information Agency: http://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/index.cfm?page=electricity_factors_affecting_prices
• Utility incentives and time variant pricing (examples from local utility)


• Energy Audit Preparation: http://www.energyprofiletool.com/subscription/default.asp

The description of the topics and material in this course may be updated before the course begins.

About the Instructor:

Terry Shire

Terry Shire has an extensive background in business, software and energy efficiency. He currently works for EcoFactor, an energy management service company that leverages smart thermostats, big data analytics and predictive algorithms to provide solutions for the residential market. He advises EcoFactor’s channel partners such as Comcast and utilities including Florida Power & Light and National Grid that enable homeowners to reduce energy usage without impacting comfort.

Prior to EcoFactor, Terry worked for C3 Energy and managed large clients such as Pacific Gas & Electric and Adobe on the deployment of energy efficiency and sustainability reporting software projects. Previously, he spent twelve years at Siebel Systems and Oracle, where he implemented enterprise software and business process improvement projects for the public sector and Fortune 500 clients across a diverse range of industries. Terry completed the Executive Certificate Program in Sustainable Management at the Presidio Graduate School in 2009, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Limerick, Ireland in 1996.

Classes will be held at:

Presidio Graduate School
36 Lincoln Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94129


For more information, contact Ryan Cabinte, Faculty Director, at ryan.cabinte@presidioedu.org or 415-655-8956.