Jim Volkman, Principal, Nominated for the 2016 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards

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Jim Volkman is a professional engineer who has spent his career in Energy Efficiency.

He began his career in 1989 conducting energy audits and analysis with North American Energy Services. In 1998 he was responsible for identification, development and implementation of resource conservation plans with Chevron Energy Services and PG&E Energy Services. In 2001, he led the technical team supporting the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Building Operations market transformation strategy, providing technical hands-on training to service providers and specific facility staff in the basics of “tuning” commercial buildings and tracking building performance. Served as a senior member of a program development team that assisted the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance with the implementation of a five-year market transformation initiative targeting industrial firms throughout the Pacific Northwest.

In addition, he participated in the development of the Building Operations Market strategy through development and implementation of Building Performance Service. Jim led the Alliance’s delivery of the Test in the Portland Metropolitan area working with O&M and mechanical service providers to develop, refine, and deliver these types of services to the market. Jim provided sales and planning support, quality assurance overview, and mentoring of technical services.

In 2006 Jim was responsible for refining the regression modeling process for industrial clients which resulted in utilities having a regression model that would document savings and manufacturing now have a management tool that measures O&M savings. While the industrial market had an appetite for adopting a Continuous Energy Improvement process Jim focused his efforts on customizing the Industrial CEI process to better fit the commercial market. His collaborative effort with utilities and building operators is responsible for the current Strategic Energy Management program design we see in the market today. Jim has played a critical role in the program we see today in North America. He has had his fingerprint on each innovation. He continues to play an integral part of refining the MT&R process that is accepted during the M&V process. Jim understands the energy efficiency process from the utility perspective and has been an innovator to provide business solutions to address both the needs of the utility and end user.