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Xcel Energy Job Opportunity: Energy Solutions Engineer Job


Location(s): CO - Denver; MN - Minneapolis

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.

Do you want to change the way people use energy and help Xcel Energy reach our carbon-free by 2050 goal? We are looking for experienced engineers to provide technical expertise and strategic direction for our commercial and industrial programs which help customers use energy more efficiently. This position also includes analyzing potential customers solutions, supporting associate engineers, and working with customers, account managers, and regulatory groups. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills to share technical information and work collaboratively across internal and external teams. Experience with building automation systems, data centers, demand response, or energy storage is preferred.  

This position has a flexible work program allowing telecommuting up to 80% of the time.

Essential Responsibilities

  •  Analyze, review, and approve analyses of customer projects in conservation programs. Understand and follow the regulatory and internal rules to meet state and corporate guidelines for cost-effectiveness analysis. 
  • Provide industry guidance, training and education to be a trusted partner in program direction and planning. Key parties are other engineers, account managers, program managers, regulatory, and product development
  • Continually to develop as a technical resource and thought leader within product teams for gas or electric programs. Work closely with other technical experts to create cross-functional solutions. Some technical categories include audits, HVAC equipment and controls, industrial systems, new construction, audits, and strategic energy management. 
  • Support program prescriptive program offerings through creation of standard analyses published in the Technical Resource Manual. Develop and support calculations in our CRM to support customer’s access to incentives for common technologies. 
  • Consulting with customers as part of product delivery, and customized customer consulting on project specific basis. Leverage internal expertise to customer advantage while developing relationships with external networks of trade partners, governmental agencies, industry associations and research firms. 

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Copper Labs Raises $5.5M in Series A Funding to Help Utilities Take Control of Energy Demand and Accelerate Grid Modernization


BOULDER, Colo. (March 15, 2022) – Copper Labs, a technology provider that unlocks real-time grid-edge data for gas, water and electric utilities, announced $5.5M in Series A financing led by Clean Energy Ventures (CEV), a venture capital firm funding early-stage climate tech innovation, with follow-on participation from National Grid Partners and Blue Bear Capital. With the new round of funding, Copper Labs plans to grow its sales, engineering and marketing teams over the next year to accelerate adoption nationally across utility territories. In addition to the funding, Copper Labs welcomes Nora Mead Brownell, Clean Energy Ventures Venture Partner and former FERC Commissioner, to its board of directors.

Utilities are trying to earn customer trust via personalized experiences while simultaneously grappling with an increasingly decarbonized, decentralized and digitized grid. Copper is a patented solution that provides utilities with revenue-grade, real-time intelligence without the need for expensive overhauls that take years to start delivering value.

“For water and gas utilities that can only access meter data every thirty days, or electric municipal and cooperatives that lack the resources of larger investor-owned utilities, Copper and our partners deliver an affordable path to a smarter grid by leveraging existing meters and data backhaul networks, with or without smart meters. Data is the key to building a more resilient grid and engaging the right consumers at the right time to create load flexibility,” said Dan Forman, CEO of Copper Labs.

Sharing Copper Labs’ disruptive vision for grid modernization is its newest board director, Nora Mead Brownell, who previously served as Commissioner at FERC and president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and today is the co-founder of Espy Energy Solutions, an energy consulting firm and a Venture Partner with Clean Energy Ventures.

“The Copper Labs team is on a mission to help utilities plan for a future with strained and limited resources all while recreating delivery systems fit for purpose. I’m excited to support the team as they empower customers and partner with mature industries adapting to rapidly changing externalities for a more sustainable future,” Brownell said. 

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Aquanta Inc. Job Opportunity: Vice President - Supply Chain: SMART HOME/SMART GRID DEVICE COMPANY


Company Description:

We are an early growth-stage company in the smart home/smart grid/IOT space and are the undisputed leader in our category (smart water heater control); see

Your Profile

  • Entrepreneurial in your approach with the ability to deliver creative, high-quality and self-directed work
  • Highest ethical and work standards
  • Broad range of communications skills, CXO to entry-level personnel
  • Have a great "engine" – work with a sense of urgency and accountability
  • Customer-service driven
  • A balanced mix of technical knowledge in supply chain management to go along with business acumen (understand the macro and micro-economic drivers of a business)
  • Desire to get in at an early stage and help grow a world-class company

Job Responsibilities

  • Own entire supply chain for manufacture of Aquanta's products (procurement to fulfillment)
  • Manage relationship with existing contract manufacturing partner, including addressing component availability and sourcing
  • Understand and own regulatory requirements (UL; FCC; international, electrical codes)
  • Work with internal product, technical and customer-facing teams to define component specifications and cost parameters for new product iterations
  • Manage inventory, logistics, product tracking and return systems (in- or outsourced)
  • Work with marketing and BD to provide appropriate forecasting and ensure inventory
  • Maintain quality assurance measures, metrics, and tracking
  • Build and lead customer support function (depending on candidate experience)

CLICK HERE to read the full job description and to apply.


Encycle Adds Swarm Sentinel™ RTU Fault Detection Notification Tool to its Swarm Logic® Energy-Saving Software


Powerful new functionality optimizes work order efficiency with straight-through processing to customers' work order solutions platforms.

SAN MARCOS, Calif.March 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Encycle Corporation, a software technology company focused on helping commercial enterprise level utility customers dramatically improve the efficiency of their HVAC systems using IoT-enabled services, announced today that it has added a new rooftop unit (RTU) fault detection notification tool that sends HVAC system fault analysis results directly to its customers' work order solutions platforms. Swarm Sentinel is part of the company's Swarm Logic® energy-saving software recently upgraded to include Swarm IQ™ automated RTU fault detection of entire building and enterprise-wide portfolios.

With Swarm Sentinel, Encycle customers can now receive Swarm IQ actionable intelligence at the work order software of their choice. Swarm IQ data is rich in detail, unambiguous, and precise, giving building managers or service providers all the information they need to investigate, schedule, and resolve the identified HVAC unit's performance problem.

"The HVAC industry operates largely in a reactive mode to building discomfort and operational issues," said Steve Alexander, Encycle President and CEO. "As a data-driven company, Encycle is revolutionizing the industry by autonomously predicting savings opportunities and operational failures. Our Swarm IQ fault detection platform is already deployed on thousands of HVAC units. Swarm Sentinel closes the loop by providing work order enablement for our customers and their service providers, helping increase the availability and performance of equipment and boosting maintenance efficiency," Alexander added.

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Encycle Promotes Steve Alexander to President and CEO


Robert Chiste, Encycle's leader since 2015, to assume Executive Chairman Role

SAN MARCOS, Calif.March 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Encycle Corporation, a software technology company focused on helping commercial enterprise-level utility customers dramatically improve the efficiency of their HVAC systems using IoT-enabled services, announced today that it has named Steve Alexander as President and CEO effective March 1, 2022. Mr. Alexander succeeds Robert Chiste, who served as the company's CEO since 2015. As part of the transition, Mr. Chiste will join Encycle's Board as Executive Chairman.

Mr. Alexander has been Encycle's President and COO since 2015. Together with Mr. Chiste, he has led Encycle through tremendous growth, establishing strategic partnerships with building control OEMs and utility program and service providers to deliver specialized HVAC energy-saving technologies to business customers.

"Steve is an experienced industry leader who offers the knowledge, experience, and talent to continue advancing Encycle as a holistic provider of energy savings, fault detection, and decarbonization solutions for the HVAC industry," said Mr. Chiste. "He has been instrumental in expanding the adoption of our unique Swarm Logic® energy-saving technology across multiple markets and introducing our automated fault detection capabilities," Mr. Chiste added. "This transition provides the continuity for Encycle to deliver on its transformative approach to energy management."

Mr. Alexander has extensive executive experience in high-growth businesses, including inventory management software, solar products, and energy services companies. He has bolstered Encycle's ability to support its customers' HVAC maintenance operations through recent software upgrades, shifting them toward more proactive and preventive practices.

CLICK HERE to read the press release.

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