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Dan Tarrence

Executive Vice President
Dan Tarrence was recognized in 2017 as Industry Leader of the Year by AESP for his contributions to the energy efficiency industry and leadership over the past 25+ years. He has directed Franklin Energy’s solution development, proposal process and pricing methodology for the past decade and currently manages strategic initiatives to advance our grid optimization services for utility clients across the country and into Canada. Dan is currently co-chair of the Policy Committee for the Midwest Energy Research Consortium and previously served for five years as chair of the Implementation Topic Committee for the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP). He lends his thought leadership at numerous industry events each year. Dan has a MBA from Arizona State University.
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Awarding the Experts of Tomorrow

Here at Franklin Energy, we are always on the lookout for up-and-coming advancements in the energy industry. We believe that investing in the future is a vital step forward in our pursuit of innovation, and there’s no better investment than the young scholars of today.

That’s why Franklin Energy is proud to award our fifth annual Experts of Tomorrow scholarship to two exceptional university students who demonstrate impressive promise to become leading energy experts of tomorrow.

How to Revive the Aging Utility Infrastructure

The weak links in our already weakened utility infrastructure are numerous to behold. In 2018 alone, three separate incidents illustrate the extent of the problem. According to a J. D. Power report, a residential gas leak and subsequent explosions in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, MA resulted in one death and 25 injuries. In California, power lines may have played a role in the deadly Camp wildfire. In New Jersey, water utilities in the state have amassed 226 contamination violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Our crumbling infrastructure is in desperate need of upgrades, but the price tag may be beyond the government’s budget.

The New Wave of Rate Design

Traditional utility-decreed regulation-controlled rates may soon be an anachronism. Rate-making services are shifting toward a more customer-centric approach, placing a higher value on customer demand. Even more radical yet, but further down the pipeline, are subscription-based electricity services packages, modeled on companies like Amazon and Netflix.

Five Trends Affecting DSM for 2018

We are in the Age of Disruption. Companies like Apple, Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, and Netflix have become the new norm.  The utility industry is not immune, either. In fact, the first page of the August DOE report to Secretary Perry states, “The U.S. electricity industry is facing unprecedented changes.” For those of us in the industry, this is not new news. We feel it every day. As 2017 comes to a close and we get ready for a new year, I have sorted through the news, hype, and commentary and created a list of the top trends for 2018 that are affecting the design and implementation of demand-side management programs.

The Secret of the Promise Maker

Shhh. Don’t tell anyone, but I have the easiest job in the world. I am a Promise Maker. In leading business development efforts over the past decade, the recipe is fairly simple: meet potential clients, listen to their challenges, understand their priorities, and assure them we can solve their problems and help them realize their goals. The proposals and finalist presentations we deliver to potential clients are just that: promises made.

THE FOREFRONT OF INNOVATION

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