PECI and Paragon Consulting Services Join Forces

Energy efficiency and demand response experts team together for enhanced services

PORTLAND, Ore. – November 3, 2010 – PECI, a provider of innovative energy efficiency solutions, and Paragon Consulting Services, a professional consulting service providing demand response expertise to the utility industry, today announce they are joining under the PECI name. By integrating, the two companies will expand their reach and broaden the energy expertise available to utility clients and the industry at large, providing a complete solution for integrated Demand Side Management (iDSM).

The combined Paragon-PECI team brings the total staff to about 350 people with offices in Portland and San Francisco, as well as remote offices across the United States. The integrated companies will operate as PECI, and Paragon staff will work out of PECI's Portland office.

“Energy efficiency is about using less energy, and demand response focuses on using less energy at peak times,” said PECI Executive Director Phil Welker. “We see those complementary solutions coming together as utilities seek alternatives to building new power plants. PECI's and Paragon's combined expertise will meet the growing demand for iDSM solutions by offering our clients greater depth of resource. Our aim is to help move the entire market toward more holistic approaches to energy management.”

Paragon President Joe Kelly stated, “Our staff has decades of experience in demand response, technical evaluation and program design. We're excited about augmenting PECI's offerings.”

About PECI PECI is a nonprofit corporation that designs and implements energy efficiency programs for utility companies and governmental agencies. Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Portland, Ore., the organization has a long-standing tradition of pairing innovation with practicality to deliver customized solutions in building commissioning, retrofits and new construction. As an industry leader, it works with the commercial and residential markets offering services including research, analysis, program management and implementation. PECI is committed to careful resource and energy management. To learn more, visit www.peci.org.

About Paragon Consulting ServicesFounded by Joe Kelly in 1996 as a measurement and verification company, Paragon acts as an independent resource to utility clients, providing recommendations on demand response, energy efficiency, and technology assessments. Staff members have extensive utility backgrounds. For more about Paragon, visit http://www.paragonconsultingservices.com.

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