Meet HPC's Newest Team Member: Deborah E. Miller
Deborah E. Miller is the newest Home Performance Coalition team member, serving in Washington, D.C. as the Director of Business Development & Strategic Projects. Deborah grew up in New Jersey (Exit 9 – New Brunswick) and has spent her career working in the Washington, DC area. She recently took the time to answer a few questions about her new role.
Tell us a little about your background.
Over the last 20 + years, I have worked in the energy industry in both government and the private sector, each time taking on challenging and diverse assignments. I began my career in energy as a developer of cogeneration and windpower projects. This was in the early 1990s, and before the internet. I remember going to the public library prior to my interview to learn more about electricity generation. In 1993, I was appointed by the Clinton Administration to the Department of Energy working for both the Deputy Secretary of Energy and the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. I had a diverse portfolio but my first assignment was to get the long delayed energy savings performance contracting rule making published and to begin to put ESPCs in place in federal government buildings.
One of my most interesting tasks was to prevent the appliance standards program from being killed by the Gingrich Congress (1995). I negotiated a one-year moratorium with the Congress to give the Department time to develop a compromise regulatory reform process that was agreeable to our diverse stakeholders. Today, the appliance standards program is a major tenet of President Obama’s greenhouse gas reduction strategy, setting energy efficiency standards for over 60 residential and commercial products. In 2000, I left the Department to represent the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry on climate change, refrigerant and energy efficiency regulations both here and abroad. More recently, my focus has been on energy efficiency in buildings, as a consultant for the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Buildings program. Recently, I completed an assignment leading an organization which trains and certifies professionals on the use of the International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol (IPMVP). Under my leadership, we expanded the organization’s focus through strategic and business planning; branding including a new website, logo and social media tools; a new fundraising program; and the publication of the latest version of the IPMVP.
What are your top priorities in your new role at HPC?
My initial focus will be to work with our team to assess and develop new strategies and sources of income (both grants and other business opportunities) to expand our offerings for the home performance industry. A critical element will be to work with the Board to help refine our strategic and business plans, and to support programs and new initiatives increasing the home performance industry’s impact in the marketplace.
Why is HPC’s mission important to you?
For the last several years, I have helped to reduce the impact of commercial and industrial buildings on energy supply and demand – and on the planet that we will eventually leave to our children and grandchildren. I want to use this experience to work with the home performance industry to have a similar impact. While many of our newer homes are being built with energy efficiency in mind, there is still so much that can be done in existing homes to save energy, improve occupant health and safety as well as lessen our impact on the environment by retrofitting them with cost effective upgrades. These are exciting times in our industry and I look forward to contributing to its success.