Phil Coleman is a research analyst and program manager in the Sustainable Federal Operations Group of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division. He helps design and deploy federal energy conservation initiatives, primarily on behalf of the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Most of his work is focused on energy savings performance contracting (ESPC), federal uptake of incentives and demand response opportunities, and time-variable pricing (TVP) of electricity.
Phil has also been active internationally, advising the governments of Mexico, Chile, India, and Jordan on energy efficiency issues. In 2014-15, he worked on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help develop policies and action plans to assist the government of Jordan in reducing its energy costs following dramatic increases in that country’s electricity expenses due to supply interruptions.
Before joining the lab in 1996, Phil worked at Engelhard/ICC, a manufacturer of desiccant air conditioning equipment, and Wirtshafter Associates, an energy consulting firm. Phil has a Master of Science in energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania and also holds the Association of Energy Engineers’ Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) designations.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Phil is the president of aFewSteps.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions in the communities of his local school district outside of Philadelphia.
2018 R&D 100 Award: eProject Builder - November 16th 2018
eProject Builder (ePB) is a secure, web-based data management portal for the energy service company (ESCO) industry. The system comprises two key components: an Excel-based project proposal template where users develop project financial performance scenarios and upload project-level data; and the online system, where projectlevel data is uploaded and tracked on an ongoing basis, and from which users can generate useful statistics for benchmarking, reporting, and responding to audits. ESCOs and their customers face several challenges managing data, including lack of standardization and transparency and inconsistent project performance tracking. eProject Builder provides a novel system to manage the way retrofit projects are proposed, tracked and benchmarked—through data standardization across markets and organizations, preservation of and ready access to project and portfolio-level performance data, and user-friendly reporting and tracking tools. eProject Builder was designed to transform the way the entire ESCO industry and its customers manage project data—to increase transparency and accountability; empower agencies to make more informed decisions using reliable, comparable data; and ultimately reduce barriers to tapping a $100+ billion ESCO industry market potential.