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Our Team

 

Pat Keegan, Owner and Principal

Patrick Keegan

Pat’s passion is teaming up to launch or upgrade energy efficiency programs.  He brings over 30 years of energy-related experience at the local, state, national, international, and non-profit level. His experience spans residential and commercial energy efficiency and renewables. Pat began his career in the 1980s at the Washington State Energy Office, managing pioneering energy conservation programs and working with all types and sizes of utilities. He left the region in the 1990s to direct energy efficiency initiatives in developing countries around the globe with the International Institute for Energy Conservation. In 1997 he began working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, and next became the Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Science Center in 2001, where he focused on energy efficiency and solar programs, launching the nation’s first energy makeover contest and organizing an aggressive marketing and education program funded by contractors and suppliers. Hired by Ecos in 2008, he became the VP of Residential Programs and when Ecos became Ecova he led the effort to develop markets with rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. Pat launched Collaborative Efficiency in January of 2013 to provide consulting services to cooperatives and municipal utilities at any stage of their pursuit for energy efficiency.

Outside of Collaborative Efficiency:   Pat enjoys the mountains, lakes and rivers of the Northwest.  He and his wife Janice love spending time with their two grown daughters, family, and friends.

Email: pkeegan@collaborativeefficiency.com | Phone:  720-331-0018

 

Christine Grant

Christine Grant, Senior Associate

Christine Grant provides research, writing, analysis, and program management for Collaborative Efficiency. Since joining CE in 2013, she has produced over a dozen technical reports for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association–focusing on a range of topics from LEED building design to behavioral efficiency to real-time energy monitoring. Christine also led a project focused on exploring the potential grid and financial impacts electric vehicle adoption could pose for electric utilities.  She has worked on a range of energy efficiency financing projects and research efforts. Her previous work experience includes five years with Cascadia Consulting Group where she consulted with municipalities, utilities, and businesses on resource conservation strategies and programs.  From 2007-2008 Christine worked as an analyst at an environmentally-responsible asset management firm evaluating the energy and environmental practices of S&P 500 corporations. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and a major newspaper. She is a trained facilitator and completed a 3-day facilitation training with the National Charrette Institute in 2016. Christine graduated with honors from Wellesley College and holds a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies.

Outside of Collaborative Efficiency: Christine likes to ski, bike (on roads and mountains), read, and do yoga. During the summer of 2013 she and her husband biked from Seattle to Denver—and saw a few Grizzly bears along the way.

 

Brad Thiessen, Associate

Brad Thiessen

Brad Thiessen grew up in rural Alberta, Canada. Work opportunities took him and his family to central California for a decade and then back northward to the Pacific Northwest. His life work has been in communication leadership roles with nonprofit organizations, particularly member organizations. Areas of focus have included fundraising, grant writing and organizational change management. He has a passion for seeing organizations strengthen their relationships with their members through intentional, clear and inspired communications. He believes in the power of setting clear goals, sharing our success stories and building partnerships in the pursuit of excellence.

 

Outside of Collaborative Efficiency: Brad is an avid trail runner and cross-country skier, and writes frequent outdoors articles for a regional monthly magazine.

Amy Wheeless, Associate

Amy Wheeless

Amy Wheeless provides writing and research support to the work at Collaborative Efficiency. Previously she worked at the environmental consulting firm Ross Strategic on a variety of policy projects, primarily focusing on air quality and energy use. She also worked on the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center.  Amy received her undergraduate degrees from North Carolina State University and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington, where she focused on environmental management and urban affairs.

Outside of Collaborative Efficiency: Amy likes to cook, travel, and explore Seattle on foot and by bus. She has visited more than 30 countries, and hopes to keep adding to the list.