Philip 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 dynamic pricing.
Phil has also been active internationally, advising the governments of Mexico, Chile, India, and Jordan on energy efficiency issues. In 2009, he was a member of an international group of experts, sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which counseled the Chilean government on its energy conservation strategies in the wake of an acute electricity supply shortage. In 2014-15, he worked on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development 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.