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Energy Efficiency

Our clients are electric and gas utilities who plan and implement energy efficiency programs. MCR specializes in helping our clients go beyond meeting their energy efficiency regulatory obligations, leveraging the requirements into opportunities to promote better relationships with their customers.

Through our consulting assignments, we help our clients navigate the complex energy efficiency business and avoid the common pitfalls and expensive mistakes experienced by many of their peers. We make our clients successful in their efforts to save energy for their customers, improve their customer relationships, optimize the value of their investments and defend their projects and programs against challenging regulatory scrutiny.

Key Staff

Tom Crooks, Vice President

Tom Crooks has more than 30 years of energy industry experience and is the Vice President of MCR’s Energy Efficiency practice. Tom possesses a comprehensive understanding of the technical, financial and programmatic approaches to energy-efficiency and direct load control. Tom planned, implemented and evaluated energy efficiency programs for utilities located throughout the U.S. He has been retained by utilities,  generation cooperatives, state agencies, industry associations and large end-use energy consumers located throughout North America.


Ed Schmidt, Director

Ed is a Director in MCR’s Energy Efficiency practice. He has 25 years of experience in energy efficiency and resource planning, forecasting, rates and regulation in both gas and electric utilities. His expertise includes all aspects of energy efficiency program policy, planning, program design and implementation, as well as utility regulatory policy analysis and testimony. He has presented to a variety of audiences, including The Executive Office of the President, US Department of Energy, US Environmental Protection Agency, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and The Energy Foundation.


What we Do Learn morearrow

  • Strategy and Program Design
    • Energy efficiency strategy
    • Program planning and design
    • Energy and water nexus management
  • Process and Data Management
    • Operational process improvement
    • Data management and reporting
    • Stakeholder interface and communication management
  • Program Implementation
    • Program management
    • Project development

Client Stories

Helping Indianapolis Power and Light to develop a new energy efficiency tracking system to address an evolving regulatory framework

The Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 340 of 2014 rolled back mandated annual energy efficiency savings and eliminated joint, statewide delivery of several programs in favor of utility-specific program portfolios and goals based on utility integrated resource plans. Indianapolis Power & Light asked MCR to help build a robust tracking system capable of meeting reporting requirements and capturing information required for calculating lost sales.

Helping Duquesne Light Company design and implement energy efficiency programs to meet its Pennsylvania Act 129 obligations

Pennsylvania’s Act 129 required Duquesne Light Company to develop cost effective plans that will reduce electricity consumption across their service territory by 1 percent by 2011 and 3% by 2013. In order to meet these requirements Duquesne Light selected MCR to design and implement an energy efficiency plan.

Enabling Pennsylvania American Water to achieve greater energy efficiencies with water infrastructure improvements

Pennsylvania American Water was planning to invest over $100 million in infrastructure updates to improve its Pittsburgh area water system.

Improving the management and reporting of energy efficiency program data for a natural gas utility in New England

A large New England state, experiencing high growth for natural gas usage, recently passed legislation to significantly increase energy efficiency activity. For our client, the increased activity created a requirement to manage and report on a greater volume of program information. The company had been operating energy efficiency programs for decades using a variety of spreadsheet tools and a central database but this system was no longer viable. MCR worked with our client to define and implement a new program management and reporting system.

Helping the Indiana Demand Side Management Coordination Committee meet the “Energizing Indiana” energy savings goals

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission issued an order requiring the formation of a Demand Side Management Coordination Committee (“DSMCC”) responsible for developing a portfolio of uniform statewide energy efficiency programs. The programs, known as the “Core” programs, were to be implemented by a single, third-party administrator and offered to all Indiana customers for the period 2015-2019. The DSMCC, a statewide stakeholder group of utilities and consumer advocates, selected MCR to help it develop the Core portfolio of programs.

Helping Duquesne Light partner with key customers to achieve significant energy savings through retro-commissioning programs

Duquesne Light Company faced different options for implementing its portfolio of energy efficiency programs recently approved by the Pennsylvania PUC, but was apprehensive about turning over all of its customer relationships to third party contractors. MCR was asked to assist in identifying and managing key commercial and industrial customer projects.

Improving Cape Light Compact’s energy efficiency program offerings to its C&I customers

The Cape Light Compact is a municipal aggregator that serves as the energy efficiency program administrator to the towns and counties of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. While successfully promoting and administering programs for over a decade, Cape Light Compact wanted to identify opportunities for increasing participation of commercial & industrial customers in its energy efficiency offerings.

Key Staff

Tom Crooks, Vice President

Tom Crooks has more than 30 years of energy industry experience and is the Vice President of MCR’s Energy Efficiency practice. Tom possesses a comprehensive understanding of the technical, financial and programmatic approaches to energy-efficiency and direct load control. Tom planned, implemented and evaluated energy efficiency programs for utilities located throughout the U.S. He has been retained by utilities,  generation cooperatives, state agencies, industry associations and large end-use energy consumers located throughout North America.


Ed Schmidt, Director

Ed is a Director in MCR’s Energy Efficiency practice. He has 25 years of experience in energy efficiency and resource planning, forecasting, rates and regulation in both gas and electric utilities. His expertise includes all aspects of energy efficiency program policy, planning, program design and implementation, as well as utility regulatory policy analysis and testimony. He has presented to a variety of audiences, including The Executive Office of the President, US Department of Energy, US Environmental Protection Agency, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and The Energy Foundation.