Rochester, NY – CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA) announces that Craig Avalone, P.E., C.E.M., LEED AP has been named the 2017 Northeast Region Young Energy Professional of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE®). Presented to individuals 35 years or younger, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to the energy profession.
Mr. Avalone is a project manager/energy engineer who has dedicated his career to identifying ways to optimize energy use at a remarkable number of manufacturing facilities and for a variety of industrial clients including automotive, electronics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, mining, food and beverage, glass and optics, petroleum, defense, paper, plastics, and power plants. He also determines the feasibility of renewable energy projects, assuring each project has a positive impact on the client and surrounding neighborhoods.
“This is truly a remarkable achievement and highlights Craig’s place as a national leader in providing energy management services,” said Richard Rappa, Sr. Vice President, CHA’s Industry & Energy Group. “He is an inspiration to the energy industry and is deserving of recognition for his professionalism and dedication to clients, communities and the ideals of energy conservation.”
As an energy engineer at CHA, Mr. Avalone also serves as an outreach contractor and project manager for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He assisted the development, rollout and management of industrial programs within the New York State Clean Energy Fund, a 10-year, $5 billion program to reshape the state’s energy efficiency, clean energy, and energy innovation programs. Since the program’s inception, he has helped industrial customers receive millions of dollars in funding to support their energy projects.
Mr. Avalone received his degree in mechanical engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York. This award will be presented on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The award ceremony precedes the 2017 World Energy Engineering Congress September 27 – 29 where Mr. Avalone will be a presenter.
The Association of Energy Engineers® (AEE®), founded in 1977, is a nonprofit professional society of over 18,000 members in more than 100 countries. The mission of AEE is “to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for Sustainable Development.”