GreenBiz Group has recognized Dr. Holmes Hummel, founder of Clean Energy Works, with a VERGE Vanguard Award for breaking barriers to affordable clean energy solutions. GreenBiz Group selected the honorees through a search for leaders who are accelerating an equitable transition to a clean power grid, a zero-emissions transportation system, and a circular economy.
Dr. Hummel was chosen for championing solutions that make renewable energy and energy-efficiency upgrades at the edge of the electric grid more accessible to all customers. One of these solutions is inclusive financing, based on the Pay as You Save® system. It simplifies the steps for residential and commercial utility customers to lower their energy use and choose renewable energy. Clean Energy Works is also applying this system to accelerate electrification in the transportation sector by mitigating the increased upfront cost of deploying electric buses.
“The transition to a sustainable and low-carbon economy won’t happen without visionaries and leaders,” said Joel Makower, chairman and executive editor at GreenBiz Group. “The VERGE Vanguard award honors those who are showing the way, setting the path for companies, cities and all of us to follow. We are pleased to honor this year’s cohort as exemplars of the important and inspiring change we all want to see in the world.”
“I’m honored to be among those chosen for the VERGE Vanguard 2018,” said Dr. Hummel. “We look forward to continuing to work with utilities, solution providers, city officials, and community stakeholders to make sure that the transition to the clean energy economy is open to all.”
At the VERGE18 summit next month in Oakland, California, Dr. Hummel will lead the plenary on Creating a Clean Economy for All followed by a dedicated session on Financing a Clean Energy Economy for All. In addition, Dr. Hummel will join the Fleet Electrification Summit, sharing work with the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance on accelerating investment in EVs for shared mobility starting with transit.