Chief Engineer, Elevate Energy
Lawrence ‘Larry’ Kotewa has supported Elevate Energy’s energy efficiency work since the organization’s beginning in 2000 as Chicago’s Community Energy Cooperative. He now manages Elevate’s energy efficiency, demand response, smart grid, and dynamic pricing initiatives. These activities started with a four year program with Commonwealth Edison aimed at researching residential members’ actions and responses to market-based hourly electric prices, starting with 750 enrollees, and exploring the resulting implications for electric market deregulation. The results enabled the current statewide programs with over 20,000 residential customers on hourly rates administered by Elevate Energy. He also chairs the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) C12 SC17 and IEEE SCC31 Standards Committees and is a founding member of the SGIP 2.0 organization, the successor to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). Before joining the Community Energy Cooperative, he spent over twenty years in various engineering roles in Commonwealth Edison’s retail operations.
Larry has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology, an MBA in Statistics and Computer Technology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and is an Illinois Licensed Professional Engineer.