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Carmen Best joins OpenEE as Director of Policy

We are pleased to announce that Carmen Best will be joining OpenEE as Director of Policy & Emerging Markets.

Prior to joining Open Energy Efficiency, Carmen was the Supervisor of the Energy Efficiency Commercial Programs & Evaluation team at the California Public Utilities Commission. In that capacity, she facilitated the Commission’s transition to standardized data and reporting, priority-based evaluation planning, and stakeholder engagement processes to manage its large-scale energy efficiency evaluation portfolio.

At the CPUC, Carmen brought an even hand to the sometimes controversial and challenging regulatory role of accountability through measurement and verification. Throughout her tenure, she has been known for always striving to bring accurate, timely and relevant information to support sustainable energy resource planning. She is looking forward to applying her insights to the growth of Open Energy Efficiency.

“Carmen brings extensive experience and regulatory perspective that will add significant value to our customers and our product," said OpenEE CEO Matt Golden. "Her commitment to transparency and the practical application of M&V is a perfect fit as we seek to transform the efficiency marketplace.”

At OpenEE, Carmen will help navigate policy issues relevant to the growth of energy efficiency markets while supporting product development to meet regulatory needs and expectations. She brings a wealth of knowledge from the evaluation industry along with a solid understanding of the regulatory landscape for energy efficiency.

“Open Energy Efficiency offers a new opportunity to demonstrate the value of measurement to empower markets and build trust in energy efficiency as a resource,” she said. “I have had the great fortune of working and learning from so many people across the industry to improve efficiency," she added. "I look forward to continued collaboration in this new role.”

We look forward to Carmen’s contribution to the advancement of the energy efficiency industry. Her depth of experience and regulatory perspective will help OpenEE navigate the often turbulent waters of change as efficiency continues its transformation into a procurable resource.