Mr. Gilbert is a nationally recognized strategist in energy master planning, energy marketing and sales, and implementing energy efficiency and productivity measures. He has been retained by over 200 gas and electric utilities and over 100 industrial and commercial firms across the United States. His utility clients include virtually every major investor owned utility, Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Electric Power Institute (EPRI), the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), and the American Public Power Association (APPA).
Mr. Gilbert's technical background includes designing power generating systems for nuclear submarines, advanced power plant and heat recovery designs at Mechanical Technology Incorporated, directing the management consulting services for the Hospital Association of New York State, and managing the worldwide energy consulting services for Dames & Moore in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gilbert formed his own firm, Gilbert & Associates over 25 years ago, and then formed Apogee Interactive to develop the interactive multimedia and training systems twenty years ago. Mr. Gilbert developed the concept of the Peak Load Management Alliance with Elliot Boardman in 1999 anticipating the need to focus on demand response and was recently voted to be its chairman.
Mr. Gilbert received a Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Management from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is also a licensed professional engineer in New York State.
Joel is a special friend of energy utilities all across the country. He helped EEI and NRECA develop their Key Accounts Program, brought the Deregulation Simulation to over 135,000 utility employess at workshops all across the country, and has been a key researcher for the Cooperative Research Network at NRECA, EEI, and EPRI on the subjects of customer adoption of technology and participation as partners in energy efficiency and demand response.