Celtic Energy, Inc.

Company History

cei-logo-symbolCeltic Energy, Inc. (CEI) was founded by renowned energy industry veteran Christopher Halpin and incorporated in the State of Connecticut in 2000. Chris started CEI with the objective of using industry best practices to help public agencies, institutions and other clients in the MUSH sector (Municipal, University, School, Hospital) as well as private firms reduce their energy use and mitigate environmental impacts, while leveraging the marketplace to develop and finance projects that address the many chronic issues faced by owners. Halpin hired several other accomplished industry professionals with whom he had worked before in multiple Energy Services Companies (ESCOs). The group had worked together repeatedly as energy engineers and in effect “hopped the fence” to the Owner’s side of the energy efficiency marketplace by forming CEI. This ESCO experience is invaluable in overseeing the work of energy service providers in our primary consulting role to protect and advance our clients’ interests.

…CEI is constantly evolving to meet the challenges presented by increasing electric rates, climate change, and new environmental protection legislation.

Celtic Energy History Highlights

  • 2000 – CEI founded by Chris Halpin to represent Energy Project Owners
  • 2003 – CEI becomes NREL/DOE Project Facilitator
  • 2004 – CEI starts advising State Governments on ESPC best practices
  • 2012 – CEI starts Sustainability Group headed by Chris Lotspeich
  • 2014 – CEI selected to oversee first major municipal microgrid project in CT
  • 2015 – CEI moves into its new HQ building in Glastonbury, CT

In 2003, Celtic Energy was hired as a Project Facilitator by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and expanded into Federal energy project oversight. In 2005, DOE assumed the contract from NREL and CEI was certified as a D.O.E. Project Facilitator. As a Project Facilitator for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Super ESPC program, CEI managed multi-million dollar Energy Savings Performance Contracting projects for numerous Federal Government clients including: Fort Drum, Fort Benning, DOE Headquarters, McGuire Air Force Base, Edwards Air Force Base, MacDill Air Force Base, NASA, and more. CEI is currently providing technical oversight, measurement & verification, and commissioning of the Central Utility Plant at the FDA’s White Oak Federal Research Center. In 2013 we were awarded GSA Contract GS-21F-0076Y from the United States General Services Administration, making it simpler for Federal and State agencies to procure our services. Today, we do a substantial amount of business with Federal agencies.

Since 2004, CEI has also been involved in oversight and advisory roles with state governments. We are an approved energy consultant in the States of Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, and Rhode Island, and have done substantial work for the North Carolina University system and D.O.T. In 2011, CEI was hired to write the Energy Savings Performance Contract Best Practices manual for use by Connecticut project owners. Since 2013, we have served as the Technical Reviewer for Connecticut C-PACE projects, and continue to expand our work with PACE projects in a number of states that are now developing PACE programs. We are now proudly serving as an Independent Third-Party Review on Texas PACE projects.

In September, 2012 Chris Lotspeich joined CEI as Director of Sustainability Services. Chris heads the team responsible for all sustainability-related services including energy reliability and resiliency, alternative and distributed energy systems, microgrid development, public safety and security, conserving energy and water, minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and waste, and enhancing environmental quality.

Today, CEI maintains a nationwide as well as a local presence in the oversight and management of numerous energy projects for a wide variety of clients, and is constantly evolving to meet the challenges presented by increasing electric rates, climate change, and new environmental protection legislation.

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