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ACEEE Announces 'Champions of Energy Efficiency' at 2019 Summer Study Industry

August 13, 2019
From left to right: Chad Gilless, Stillwater Energy; Sandy Glatt, US Department of Energy; and Thomas Wenning, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (on behalf of Wade Willlatt, Nissan North America)

Portland, Oregon—From government to the private sector, three distinguished experts today received the Champions of Energy Efficiency Awards from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. 

The awards, presented at ACEEE’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, recognize leadership and accomplishment in the industrial efficiency sector. This year, for the first time, ACEEE added a Young Professional category to salute the work of a those age 35 or younger. The 2019 winners are:

  • Wade Willatt: For his contributions to promoting energy efficiency and strategic energy management at Nissan and Schneider Electric, while serving as a mentor to other young energy efficiency professionals.
  • Sandy Glatt: For a career of leadership through her work at the US Department of Energy making energy efficiency tools and practices available to industrial firms and supporting the training of a new generation of industrial efficiency experts. 
  • Chad Gilless: For his leadership establishing Strategic Energy Management and ISO 50001 as practices for industrial energy efficiency programs in the United States and Canada and for helping to grow the energy efficiency community with his contributions to multiple ACEEE Summer Studies and other important institutions.

An ACEEE Board of Directors’ committee selected the winners, nominated by their peers, from an impressive group of 75 nominations. The judges evaluated each nominee’s impact, innovation, and leadership in the energy efficiency field.

This year's Champions join a select group of efficiency leaders recognized for their extraordinary contributions and leadership by ACEEE at the annual Summer Study conferences. Learn more about them and stay connected with what’s happening at the 2019 Summer Study by following @ACEEEdc and #SummerStudy19 on Twitter. 

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.

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