Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance Announces New Board Members and Staff Updates

ATLANTA, GA – The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) today announced five new members of its Board of Directors, four new members of its Advisory Committee, and several staff updates.

“We are excited to welcome new members to our Board of Directors, Advisory Committee, and staff to further support our mission to improve the quality of life in the Southeast through the use of energy,” said Aimee Skrzekut, SEEA president.

Board chair, Huiet Joseph, said, “I am excited to welcome this strong group of individuals to SEEA’s Board of Directors and Advisory Committee. During a critical time of expansion and growth, they bring new expertise and perspective to the energy efficiency industry in the Southeast.”

The new board members will begin their 3-year terms on January 1, 2022 and can serve a maximum of 2 terms. The new board members are:

  • M. Duanne Andrade – Chief Strategic and Financial Officer, Solar and Energy Loan Fund
  • Stephanie Armistead – Sustainability, Natural Resources Manager, Chick-fil-A
  • Lauren Casentini – Chief Executive Officer, Resource Innovations
  • Malcolm Miller – Director of Business Development, Walker-Miller Energy Services
  • Jaclyn Mothupi – Associate Director, Social Innovation, The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt University

Current board member, Jeff Smith with Georgia Power, will now serve as the board’s treasurer.

New Advisory Committee members begin their 1-year terms on January 1, 2022. The new committee members are:

  • Tom Ashley – Vice President, Policy & Market Development, Greenlots
  • Steve Leeds – Principal, Sustainability Consultants, LLC
  • Steve O’Day – Partner, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
  • Mindy Schweitzer-Rawls – Principal and Lead Consultant, Lea Frederick Consulting

SEEA is also thrilled to announce the following staff updates:

  • Welcoming Sarina Sawyer in the new role of Workforce and Training Partnerships Manager
  • William D. Bryan has been promoted to Director of Research
  • Maggie Kelley Riggins has been promoted to Senior Program Manager
  • Joy Ward has been selected as SEEA’s Energy Research Fellow

Learn more about SEEA staff and board members.

Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance Receives Department of Energy Award to Ready the Advanced Energy Workforce in the Southeast

ATLANTA, GA – The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) announced a three-year $500,000 cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to fund the development and delivery of workforce training to better support the increase of advanced energy technology adoption such as electric air source heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, electric vehicle charging systems, and battery storage systems.

Founded in 2007, SEEA is a nonprofit, regional energy efficiency organization based in Atlanta, GA. SEEA works to optimize the use and impact of energy to enhance the quality of life in the Southeast. We believe that all people in the Southeast should be able to live and work in healthy and resilient buildings, utilize clean and affordable transportation, and thrive in a robust and equitable economy. 

SEEA will partner with AZS Consulting in FL and Viridiant in VA to deliver custom, locally specific, and customer-focused curriculum on advanced energy technologies to the building and energy workforce. The Advanced Energy Ready Workforce Southeast project will improve the technical expertise of service providers, customer comfort and energy costs, electrical grid operations and resiliency, as well as economic growth in the region. 

In the DOE announcement, U.S. Representative Nikema Williams (GA-05) said, “Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District is home to innovators working toward environmental justice for everyone. The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance is one of those innovators and today’s award will allow them to help consumers make the informed decisions they need to create a greener planet.”

SEEA represents a diverse array of more than 80 member organizations across the Southeast from utilities to state energy offices, service providers, manufacturers, and advocates invested in building a more efficient, equitable, and sustainable Southeast. With our members and partners, SEEA has delivered energy efficiency-related trainings to thousands of service providers in the region.

“This project is an incredible opportunity to really optimize the benefits of energy efficiency and advanced energy technology. The outcome is a more knowledgeable workforce, more affordable clean energy, and prosperity in the Southeast,” said SEEA president, Aimee Skrzekut.

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American Jobs Plan Offers a Bright Future for All

ATLANTA, GA – On Wednesday, March 31, President Biden announced the American Jobs Plan which proposes large-scale projects that promise to increase electric vehicle fleets, expand vehicle charging infrastructure, improve public transit, modernize the electrical grid, build energy efficient and affordable homes, make public buildings healthier, and provide good jobs in clean energy.

“It is exciting to see this much-needed investment in a more resilient, efficient, and equitable energy future. We look forward to supporting energy efficiency initiatives across the Southeast that spur economic growth, improve public health, and recognize and address racial disparities in the energy system,” said SEEA president, Mandy Mahoney.

“For our region and for the nation to prosper, its people must prosper,” added Mandy. “The American Jobs Plan provides the necessary infrastructure to refill energy sector job losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, ensure people live in healthy, affordable housing, and have access to clean transportation.”

SEEA supports the implementation of policy that increases efficiency across the energy sector:

Expand Electric Transportation: invest $174 billion to bolster the American electric vehicle market including domestic supply chains, manufacturing, and consumer incentives; build a national network of 500,000 EV chargers alongside electrifying federal fleet vehicles, school buses, and diesel transit vehicles.

Redress Historic Inequities: create a new program that provides $20 billion that reconnects neighborhoods historically cutoff from investments and are most in need of affordable transportation options.

Build More Efficient Homes: offer $20 billion in tax credits to produce, preserve, and retrofit a million affordable, energy-efficient homes; designate $40 billion to address critical safety, health, and energy efficiency measures to improve public housing.

Improve Resilience: increase resilience with a $100 billion investment in the electrical grid to make electricity cheaper, cleaner, and more accessible; additional investment and incentives to build back homes and businesses above existing codes and standards to better weather climate-driven disasters.  

Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance Names New President

Atlanta, GA, March 29, 2021 – Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Aimee Skrzekut as its new president. Aimee was chosen after an extensive search and selection process and will start in her new role on April 26, 2021. Aimee currently serves as the president of ATS Consulting, specializing in strategic planning, fundraising, program, and policy development.

“Along with our board of directors, I am excited to welcome Aimee to the SEEA family,” said Huiet Joseph, SEEA’s board chair. “She has a deep knowledge of energy efficiency work in both the utility and nonprofit sectors as well as the experience to further build on SEEA’s goals to bring equity into the energy efficiency industry.”

Aimee has more than 20 years of leadership experience collaborating with utilities, corporate leaders, regional and national partners. She has a successful record of developing innovative energy efficiency programs, fundraising, and a long history of supporting both internal and external diversity initiatives.

“I am honored and thrilled to join the team at SEEA. I have long admired the organization’s focus on equitable solutions in energy and look forward to being a part of that work,” Aimee commented.

Aimee will succeed Mandy Mahoney, who has served as SEEA’s president since 2013. While at SEEA, Mandy led the region in promoting clean transportation, affordable housing, and energy efficiency policy. In January, Mandy announced her candidacy for Atlanta City Council.

“Mandy’s leadership continues to shape the conversation on energy efficiency in the Southeast. We are incredibly grateful for her service. We are looking forward to what the next chapter brings for SEEA.” said Steve Leeds former SEEA board chair and executive search committee chair.

The executive search for the new president was led by BoardWalk Consulting.