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FirstFuel Software Announces Advisory Board Members

Date: 05/21/2014

Company: FirstFuel Software

Industry leaders bring unrivaled experience and strategic guidance to utility SaaS analytics market leader

FirstFuel Software, the trusted source for energy use intelligence, today announced the inaugural members of its Advisory Board. The FirstFuel Advisory Board will include Dian Grueneich, former Commissioner with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC); Jon Wellinghoff, former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); and Frank Murray, former President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). These world-renowned industry leaders will bring their unique perspectives and broad individual networks to help FirstFuel work toward its goal of delivering scalable energy information service worldwide.

FirstFuel’s advanced data analytics solution continues to blaze the trail in helping utility and government customers unlock and deliver on huge savings potential in the commercial sector. The FirstFuel Advisory Board will cover a broad variety of topic areas to help drive increased adoption of FirstFuel’s Remote Building Analytics (RBA) platform and educate the market on the impact of analytics in effecting transformational scale change on efficiency, demand management and customer engagement.

“The members of our Advisory Board have unparalleled experience in the industry and share our passion for innovation in energy efficiency,” said Swapnil Shah, CEO of FirstFuel. “As we continue to expand our business and look for ways to better serve our global customers, the insight from Dian, Jon, and Frank will be invaluable in supporting our growth objectives.”

The vast experience of the FirstFuel Advisory Board is summarized below:

Dian Grueneich, former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC): With over 33 years of energy experience, former Commissioner Grueneich is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert. At the CPUC, she focused on key energy efficiency and demand response issues, including leading a 40 percent expansion of energy efficiency funding and development of the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. Dian serves on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-EPA State Energy Efficiency Action Network and previously worked on DOE’s Electricity Advisory Committee. Dian is currently a Senior Research Scholar with Stanford University’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the University’s Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force.

Jon Wellinghoff, former Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC): Jon is an internationally recognized energy law attorney and clean tech energy expert with 38 years of energy leadership experience. As the longest serving chair in FERC’s history (2009-2013), his work in energy-related fields has included energy efficiency and demand-side management, renewable integration, plug-in electric vehicles, and the modernization of the American electric grid. As Chairman, he also created FERC’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, which investigates and promotes new efficient technologies and practices in the energy sectors under FERC’s jurisdiction. Jon is currently co-chair of the energy team at the law firm Stoel Rives LLP.

Francis (Frank) Murray, former President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA): Frank has over three decades of experience in the energy field, most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of NYSERDA from January 2009 through September 2013. Frank has spearheaded the NYSERDA’s efforts to provide objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Frank also served as a policy advisor to the United States Secretary of Energy, assisting in the development of the Clinton Administration’s national energy policy. Frank is on the board of several efficiency organizations including the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and the Environmental and Energy Policy Institute.

“Advanced data analytics are on the cusp of transforming how we use and save energy across all sectors, with the commercial sector affording us the largest opportunity. In the utility sector in particular, this transformation is a core part of a successful path through the current challenges facing our industry.” said Dian Grueneich. “FirstFuel’s market-leading vision, technology, and executive team put the company in a unique position to help drive this transformation. As a passionate believer in energy efficiency, I look forward to advising and supporting FirstFuel and its breakthroughs in data analytics for our sector.”

About FirstFuel Software

FirstFuel Software is the trusted source for energy use intelligence. FirstFuel helps customers deliver scalable energy efficiency across their building portfolios through the Remote Building Analytics platform, which uses advanced meter data analytics to identify, enable, and track energy efficiency savings behind the meter in commercial buildings – all without onsite visits or device installations. Designed to be rapidly and cost-effectively deployed across hundreds or thousands of commercial buildings, FirstFuel changes the scale at which the sector can achieve its energy efficiency goals. Founded in 2009 and privately held, FirstFuel is headquartered in Lexington, Mass. For more information, please visit

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