American Efficient partners with electric utilities to develop and operate portfolios of distributed energy resources, especially distributed demand response and energy efficiency.
American Efficient acts as an aggregator and manager of Distributed Energy Resource portfolios across North America.
American Efficient acts as a bridge between manufacturers, retailers, installers, and owners of Distributed Energy Resources and the utilities and markets that can use those resources to meet America’s energy needs.
Residences, while not the predominant building type in the US by total square footage, contain many, fairly easy-to-implement opportunities to add value to the grid through efficiency and demand response.
Insulation, weather-stripping and efficient glazing all contribute to reducing heating/cooling load.
second only to heating and cooling as a source of load in the typical home
Those with the most advanced potential for reducing energy consumption, “plug load”
Significant impacts can be gained from replacing incandescent lighting with high efficiency lamps and fixtures utilizing CFLs, LEDs etc.
Energy storage systems (ESS) can not only provide standby power in a utility outage but can also enable homeowners to choose when to use the grid or their own “assets”
These devices “learn” from your energy usage patterns and help you optimize both comfort and cost of heating and cooling
Any means of producing energy for the home “behind the meter”; used to supplement and/or replace grid power
At least half of the energy consumed in the average American house
Commercial building energy consumption by source varies much more than in residential buildings, based on geography, size and use.
Next to lighting, the quickest return on investment in commercial buildings.
Significant impacts can be gained from not only replacing older fluorescent ballasts with high efficiency LED fixtures but also by utilizing occupancy and ambient light sensors as well as de-lamping and providing task lighting.
Many more options exist for business to utilize both on and offsite renewables to decrease the price paid for total energy consumption, including hosting third-party-owned rooftop solar.
The primary source of load in commercial buildings, includes ventilation, dehumidification and often re-heat of chilled air.
Not only contribute plug load but also cooling load.
First, our team will help you look through your portfolio of consumer products and identify which ones are eligible- we can even use past sales to help you project the size of your program. American Efficient will also determine the incentive levels for each product.
Second, based on our geographic footprint and yours, as well as the other programs in which you are currently participating, we will co-develop a store list where the program will “run."
Third, Launch your new program and start collecting incentive payments!
"American Efficient has been instrumental in facilitating the expansion of our incentive program portfolio."
"American Efficient's programs helps Philips accumulate incentives for a broad variety of lighting products, including CFLs that have been removed from numerous utility programs."
"These kinds of programs can take a long time to set up, but American Efficient got us through the entire process quickly and we were able to have rebates in place in about a month"
"Since 1990, energy efficiency has become the third-largest electricity resource in the United States; without it, we would need the equivalent of 313 additional large power plants to meet the country’s energy needs. If savings from appliance standards, utility programs, and building codes reached their full potential, efficiency would become our nation’s largest electricity resource by 2030"
With technologies we have today, we could profitably reduce overall energy consumption by more than 10% overall and peak demand by more than 20% overall.
US and Canadian programs report gross savings of nearly 29,590 GWh of electricity and nearly 496 million therms of gas in 2015, resulting in an aggregate 23.4 million metric tons of avoided CO2 emissions. US and Canadian administrators reported that demand response programs reduced capacity by 34,950 MW, with programs in the west (47 percent) and south (41 percent) accounting for the majority.
Mark Laabs serves as Chief Executive Officer of American Efficient where he is responsible for setting the organization’s vision and strategy.
Mark’s work is grounded in a conviction that outsized environmental impact and outsized financial returns can go hand in hand, and he brings that ethos to American Efficient. Mark also serves as a Managing Director of Modern Energy, an energy asset management firm; Chairman of Faro Energy, a Latin American solar finance company; and Chairman of the Rare Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to accelerating innovation in cancer research. Mark previously worked at Soligent, Climate Bridge, and McKinsey & Co and graduated as a Robertson Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Mark currently lives in Durham and enjoys exploring the Bull City while also stretching his legs by traveling abroad.
Senior Director of Finance
Tayler Dalpe is the Senior Director of Finance at American Efficient where she is responsible for implementing and maintaining comprehensive financial and accounting policies, practices, and procedures.
She began her career in public accounting at KPMG in Los Angeles and, as a finance executive and CPA, brings over 25 years of experience from companies ranging in size from start-ups to multi-million dollar organizations. Tayler is an active member in Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), serves on the Boards of EO and St. Jude Media Ministry, and successfully lead one of two initiatives that were instrumental in the Town of Holly Springs (NC) receiving its Certified Entrepreneurial Community designation. Tayler and her husband John met through competitive ballroom dancing and have been married for over 20 years.
Senior Director of EE Programs
Sterling Bowen is the Director of EE Programs at American Efficient, where he originates and manages incentive programs for efficient consumer products.
Sterling Bowen is the Director of EE Programs at American Efficient, where he originates and manages incentive programs for efficient consumer products. Prior to his role with AE, Sterling worked in the solar sector in an EPC-sales capacity. Over almost a decade he was involved in implementing distributed energy projects throughout the mid-Atlantic for utilities, federal agencies, and commercial businesses. Sterling also spent time in the public sector with the North Carolina Energy Office, where he managed internal and external communications. Sterling attended UNCC as a Cameron Scholar, where he graduated with Interdisciplinary Honors. He is a father of two who lives in Raleigh with his wife, Jessica, where he enjoys kendo, ACC basketball and the thriving food culture of the Triangle.
Senior Director of Market Operations
Angela Fox is the Director of Market Operations at American Efficient where she is responsible for regulatory compliance and both geographic and product diversification.
Previously, Angela worked in business development and diversification for an international non-profit and in operations for a defense consulting firm. She graduated from Duke University with distinction and now lives in Durham with her husband and son.
Head of Sales and Marketing
Bo Clayton is head of Sales and Marketing for American Efficient, where he is responsible for sales, finance, and portfolio marketing.
Bo also serves as Partner of Modern Energy, an energy asset management firm. Prior to joining American Efficient, Bo held various sales, marketing, origination, and finance roles at Citigroup, Credit Suisse, and JPMorgan, where he provided strategic planning, risk management, and liquidity services to the firms’ clients in the power sector. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in economics from Harvard College, where he played varsity soccer and was a janitor. Bo lives in Durham with his wife, two sons, and two dogs.
Senior Director of Trading
Steven Demmler is Senior Director of Trading at American Efficient where he is responsible for figuring out how best to bring American Efficient’s energy resources to market.
Prior to his role at AE, Steven worked as a portfolio manager at a global macroeconomic hedge fund. Over nearly a decade he developed an expertise in global commodity and currency markets. He also worked as a senior corporate strategist for MGM Resorts International where he helped to architect an enterprise-wide analytics department and contributed to the strategic planning of 30 properties and corporate departments around the world. He’s the father of one and lives with his wife in Durham. Steven has studied at Harvard University and Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Senior Director of Technology
Eric Butter is the Senior Director of Technology, managing the technology and risk infrastructure for American Efficient.
He was formerly a risk analyst and Head of Technology for Tenor Capital, a New York based investment adviser. Eric Butter is an affiliate and former member of the Managed Funds Association Technology Committee, a member of the Alternative Investment Technology Executives Club, a former Startingbloc Institute Fellow, and a trainee of the Center for Creative Leadership. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Robertson Scholar. Eric enjoys fixing up his house with his wife and riding his motorcycle.
Kara Mountcastle is an Operations Analyst at American Efficient, where she supports all Director roles, with a specific focus on management of existing programs.
She also serves on the board of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation. Prior to joining AE, she worked in project management at a financial services consulting firm, and as a field organizer during the 2016 election. Kara graduated with honors from Davidson College, and equally splits her basketball allegiance between the Wildcats and UNC Tar Heels.