Meet the Team - State Facility Utility Management
Chad Kimes, State Facility Utility Management Program Manger / Energy Systems Engineer
As an Energy Systems Engineer with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs (OEP), Chad manages the Office’s State Facility Utility Management (SFUM) team. He coordinates SFUM’s efforts to collect and analyze the State’s 10,000 monthly utility bills, with the goal of centralizing utility consumption and cost data for all State-owned and managed facilities within a single Utility Data Management (UDM) platform. He also manages OEP’s efforts to track and report on projects funded by EmPower TN, a strategy to reduce the State’s energy consumption and costs for State facilities through the implementation of energy efficiency projects and energy management systems. Chad also serves as OEP’s alternate Emergency Services Coordinator for Emergency Support Function 12 - Energy and is responsible for activities related to transportation and heating fuels under the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan.
Prior to joining OEP, Chad served as a Program Manager in TDEC’s Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices, focusing on energy efficiency and water conservation within Tennessee State Parks. Chad earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Park University as well as an M.B.A. with a concentration in Project Management from American Graduate University. Chad is certified as both a Professional Energy Manager (PEM) with the Institute of Energy Professionals and a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with the National Environmental Health Association.
Austin Brown, Energy Analyst
Austin is an Energy Analyst with the TDEC SFUM team. He leads quality control measures and validation for the UDM project, which involves the comparison of platform data to end-user utility cost and consumption data. He also analyzes utility data to provide energy savings recommendations for State facilities. Prior to joining TDEC, Austin worked with commercial and municipal customers as a project developer on energy savings performance contracts and building retrofit projects. Austin has also worked as a residential energy consultant and building scientist, wherein he performed code compliance testing in accordance with the International Energy Conservation Code standards and made energy efficiency recommendations to homeowners and home builders. Austin received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Jeremy McBride, Senior Data Analyst
Jeremy is a Senior Data Analyst for the TDEC SFUM team. He leads accounts payable integration, technical support, and statistical analysis for SFUM’s UDM platform. He also provides support for General Government capital projects and other programs tied to software integration, benchmarking, data analysis, project identification, and annual reporting of utility costs, usage, and savings. Prior to joining TDEC, Jeremy worked for the Department of General Services in Energy and Sustainability, within the State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management Division (STREAM). While with STREAM, he managed several energy initiatives for State-owned and managed facilities. Jeremy holds a B.S. in Housing Design and Resource Property Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is also certified as a PEM with the Institute of Energy Professionals.
Natalie Dallriva, Grants Analyst 3
As a Grants Analyst for TDEC OEP, Natalie manages the SFUM budget and assists with related fiscal and compliance items. With regard to the UDM platform, Natalie supports vendor maintenance for utility providers and contributes to ongoing platform maintenance and utility data collection. Prior to joining TDEC, Natalie worked in both the financial industry as well as in civil engineering. Natalie holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Christopher Newport University and an M.B.A. from the University of West Florida.
Ryan Stanton, Senior Consultant for Strategic Energy Intiatives
Ryan is a Senior Consultant for Strategic Energy Initiatives for TDEC OEP. He supports the SFUM team on projects related to energy savings performance contracting, energy efficiency, and electric utility metering. He also provides support to the UDM project, assisting with facility benchmarking, accounts payable integration, and end-user training. Prior to joining TDEC, Ryan worked on software development, smart cities design, energy efficiency, advanced metering, and microgrid projects in the private sector. Ryan earned his B.S. in General Engineering with a minor in Business Administration from Gonzaga University.