Citizen Energy increases the adoption of energy efficiency and delivers energy saving solutions for commercial buildings; helping reduce energy demand and carbon emissions, and saving organizations money. We provide integrated energy auditing, financing, value engineering, technology procurement, project management, installation, and ongoing performance management services for LED lighting and other energy efficiency technologies. Citizen Energy was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Edwin Luevanos, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Edwin is responsible for strategy, service delivery, organizational development and operational excellence at Citizen Energy. Prior to joining Citizen Energy, Edwin spent 6 years at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Most recently, Edwin served as the Deputy Director for the first Federal IT modernization Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC). He also led agency-wide initiatives to reduce distributed IT energy consumption through advanced power management software and green procurement strategies. During the Recovery Act, Edwin had the unique opportunity to work with political leadership, supporting outreach strategies for over $75 billion in clean energy investments. Edwin also pioneered innovative public engagement and workforce development initiatives like the U.S. Senate recognized Energy Ambassadors Program and the use of 3-D web platforms. Prior to joining the DOE, Edwin worked on the expansion of youth leadership development programs in the Hispanic community. Edwin obtained his undergraduate degree from California State University Fresno, and a Masters in Business from Boston University.
Chris Castro, LEED GA, Co-Founder & Senior Energy Advisor
Chris is responsible for engaging customers and community partners with Citizen Energy’s vision and services. Chris is an emerging leader in the sustainability movement. As an undergraduate, Chris founded Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions (IDEAS); an international 501c3 non-profit focused on facilitating youth led environmental change. Chris has expanded IDEAS to 25 Universities and K-12 chapters in the United States, and as a United Nations accredited NGO in over 12 countries around the world. Over the past 4 years, Chris has focused his passion and efforts on improving the performance of commercial buildings in Florida. Chris has worked with several clean energy companies to promote and integrate energy efficiency and renewable energy products. He has also held energy related positions at the US Department of Energy; University of Central Florida; and at Orange County government. Chris has been recognized for his efforts by several media outlets, and high profile entities from the White House to TED Talks.
Ted Cook, Energy Advisor & Operations Manager
Ted is responsible for operations, conducting site audits, customer engagement, and energy analysis and reporting. Prior to joining Citizen Energy, Ted worked in operations at Nextility, a solar financing startup. He also worked at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), working on international affairs. Ted received his undergraduate degree in Russian Area Studies from Hobart College, where he was also an active member of Campus Greens. More recently, he obtained his MA in international affairs from George Washington University (GWU), with a special emphasis on energy security in Europe and Eurasia.
Nate is responsible for customer engagement, energy modeling, and project finance at Citizen Energy. Nate had a critical role in launching Citizen Energy’s LED lighting performance contracting and finance program, LED PAYS, and is instrumental in its continued growth. Prior to joining Citizen Energy, Nate worked on Capitol Hill on climate and energy policy, and congressional relations. Nate obtained his undergraduate and masters degrees in Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California, and a Finance Certification from the University of California Los Angeles. Nate’s personal goal is to be responsible for achieving at least 1 GW in energy savings or renewable energy generation.