CEE is pleased to welcome Adam Cornelius to lead the Emerging Technologies Collaborative. Adam has ten years of experience in various areas of the energy field, and has been involved in both commercial food service and industrial refrigeration programs in California. He has conducted hands-on product testing both in the lab and onsite, leading the proposal development and subsequent project management efforts of California Energy Commission and Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council field studies to evaluate the energy efficiency and load-shifting potential of emerging commercial food service technologies. Adam also led the project to accredit Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E’s) Food Service Technology Center’s product testing laboratory to ENERGY STAR® standards. Other research work includes contributing to emerging renewable energy technology market studies for Navigant Research; CPUC-commissioned evaluation reports in the agricultural and industrial sectors of PG&E, SoCal Gas, and SoCal Edison territories; and a Responsible Purchasing Network study comparing the mercury content of compact fluorescent lamps to mercury emissions from power plants.
As an energy efficiency project management sales engineer with Vacom, Adam worked closely with industrial refrigeration facilities across PG&E territory to identify opportunities leading to system energy and cost reductions through refrigeration equipment and control optimization, collaborating with utility account managers and the firm’s engineers to scope competitive energy-reduction projects under PG&E’s Industrial Refrigeration Performance Plus program. Adam’s program and strategic management consulting background includes the design and rollout of a cost management program for Agtegra, a South Dakota wheat growers cooperative.
Adam graduated from Presidio Graduate School in 2008 with an MBA in Sustainable Management, and looks forward to working with the CEE’s team and its members to explore new emerging opportunities for ETC members, and to help facilitate the adoption of those opportunities into members’ programs. When he’s not working, Adam enjoys cooking, hiking, camping, and cycling.