Richard Costello

Track F: Session Name TBD
Wed/PM 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Acela Energy Group
United States
Behind-the-Meter Wind Power Re-imagined

Imagine the opportunity to install a wind turbine on your own property that was small in height, made virtually no noise, killed no birds, and simply created on-site renewable energy whenever the wind was blowing, at a price lower than the best you could receive from you power company and/or power marketer. That possibility exists today with vertical axis wind turbines. This presentation will focus on the engineering marvels of these types of wind turbines and point out the game changing maintenance features that improve the economics of such installations. Beautiful design and movement are key design features for acceptance. Superior safety design is a gamechanger when identifying locations to site these types of vertical axis wind turbines.

Mr. Costello is the President of Acela Energy Group, an energy consulting group specializing in energy procurement, load management, as well as, energy conservation training, auditing, and on-site wind & solar generation projects. Rich has extensive experience in the fields of load management, utility services, energy conservation, as well as power, natural gas, and tariff related negotiations and agreements.

Mr. Costello is also President of Acela Thermal Energy (ATE), a Refrigeration and HVAC energy service division of Acela Energy Group specializing in mechanical & thermal energy conservation measures as well as implementation of AI on building HVAC Control Systems. ATE provides energy services to Commercial, Governmental, Retail, Institutional, and Industrial Customers, as well as ESCO’s and Utilities across the country.

Rich is a registered professional engineer and was previously the Power Supply Manager for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, as well as a Senior Engineer in the Load Management Department of Boston Edison (Eversource). He holds a M.S. in Engineering Management from Western New England College and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. Mr. Costello also conducts Energy Seminars nationwide for the Association of Energy Engineers. Rich was the National President of the Association for the Year 2000 and received the 2003 Energy Professional of the Year Award from the organization. In 2006, Richard was inducted into the Energy Managers Hall of Fame.

Certifications & Instructor:

Certified Energy Manager - Association of Energy Engineers (Instructor, Workbook Author)
Certified Energy Procurement Professional – AEE. (Creator, Instructor, Workbook Author)
Certified Business Energy Professional – Association of Energy Engineers (Instructor)
Certified Energy & Auditor – Association of Energy Engineers (Instructor, Workbook Author)

Other Certifications
Qualified Energy Analyst – Association of Energy Engineers
Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional - Association of Energy Engineers
Certified Demand Side Management Professional - Association of Energy Engineers
Certified Green Building Engineer – Association of Energy Engineers

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