John Kelly, PEER Program, U.S. Green Building Council
At GBCI, John Kelly leads the development of a sustainable electricity rating system and design guide modeled after LEED for buildings, called Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER). Just as LEED improved the ability to compare the relative sustainability of buildings, PEER provides a common
design, performance, and verification methodology for the electricity sector that scales to grids of all sizes.
Mr. Kelly worked with industry leaders for the past six years to research and create innovative approaches to building sustainable electricity system. This includes developing microgrid designs and prototypes that demonstrate the art-of-the-possible in terms of consumer requirements for cost-efficiency, conservation, environmental protection, and reliability.
Mr. Kelly provided consulting services to the electric and natural gas industries for 30 years; focusing the past decade on developing innovative sustainable energy plans and designs for cities, large multiuse developments, and commercial buildings. This included authoring numerous research papers on energy technology, electricity reliability, markets, pricing, smart grid cost/benefit and state policy reform best practices.
Mr. Kelly holds a B.S. in energy engineering and completed studies in electricity restructuring, and environmental engineering. He is a founder of the National Energy Center for Sustainable Communities (www.necsc.us) and is also one of the founders and past treasurer of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (www.mwalliance.org).
He is the Chairman of LEAN Energy’s Board of Directors, and a beacon of knowledge.
To a large degree, John’s career path was guided by the fact that both his children have asthma, and are deeply affected by poor air quality. For decades he’s been working to create a more sustainable and cleaner energy system—really reducing the toxins and particulate matter in power emissions—by focusing on outcomes rather than technology.