Vice President of Energy Services
Cliff joined Premier Power Solutions in May, 2010. During a 34-year career with Giant Eagle, he held various positions of responsibility in the areas of refrigeration & HVAC systems design, facility maintenance and energy management. As Corporate Energy Manager for the past 14 years, Cliff was responsible for the corporate energy program including the procurement of electric and natural gas in western PA, eastern OH and MD; implementation of demand response; procurement of renewable energy; budgeting of the $60M corporate energy line; auditing of utility bills; design of stores as it impacts energy; development, execution, measurement and verification of energy retrofit projects; and monitoring of energy management and power monitoring systems for 160 corporate supermarkets, 150 convenience store/fuel stations, as well as corporate office buildings and distribution centers.
In 2002, he introduced the EPA ENERGY STAR Building Program to Giant Eagle which resulted in 131 stores receiving the ENERGY STAR label. For his work, the company was awarded ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 2004 and 2005 and Sustained Excellence in Energy Management for 2006 through 2010. Corporate energy use was reduced 14.5% during that period.
Cliff was a member of the design team that developed (4) US Green Building Council (USGBS) LEED-certified green stores for Giant Eagle, including the nation’s first LEED-certified supermarket in 2004 as well as the first LEED Gold supermarket in 2008.
Premier’s customers will not only benefit from Cliff’s experience in negotiating competitive energy contracts, but also his knowledge of energy savings through the use of building energy audits, optimization of building systems, cost-effective energy retrofits and the use of renewable energy including solar.
Cliff has performed over 30 building audits for K-12 schools in the past two years where he has identified energy saving measures that, if implemented, would save schools thousands of dollars in yearly energy cost. He also assisted three schools in achieving an ENERGY STAR label.
Cliff holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a registered professional engineer in PA and OH, a Certified Energy Manager and Green Building Engineer with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) where he served on the review committee for the 2010 ASHRAE Refrigeration Handbook. From 1997 to 2009, he served on the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Energy and Technical Services committee where he gave numerous presentations on supermarket energy, LEED and refrigeration-related topics.
Cliff is a life-long resident of the Pittsburgh area and currently lives in Munhall with his wife Constance.