DES provides the knowledge and experience needed to realize the cost savings, reliability and environmental benefits distributed energy systems provide.
We provide our business and non-profit clients with the expertise needed to assess, deploy, and communicate the value proposition of clean distributed energy. Our team consists of industry professionals in the disciplines critical in performing cost-benefit analysis of distributed energy alternatives, including system design, end-use efficiency, electric utility policy, market analysis, technical communication, return-on-investment, cost-of-service and other financial analysis.
Jeff Berman is the founder and manager of DES, based in Durango, Colorado. He provides grid-tied, off-grid, and micro-grid distributed energy system design, sales, and installation for Living Solar. For 12 years he was elected as a Director to the board of the La Plata Electric Association, and served for three as their representative to the Colorado Rural Electric Association. He founded DES to help businesses and utilities achieve the cost-savings possible by powering remote, high-cost loads with distributed energy systems. Mr. Berman obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, and acquired NABCEP certification in solar PV Technical Sales in 2011.
Chris Calwell is a founder and partner at Ecos Research, an energy efficiency technology and policy consulting firm. Mr. Calwell leads research into new market strategies for reducing the energy use of consumer products, including exploring standardized testing and energy efficiency benchmarking for stationary and electric vehicle battery charging systems. As a founder and VP of Ecos Consulting, he led research efforts in the areas of consumer electronics, zero net energy homes, residential lighting, and appliances for government, utility, and non-profit clients in North America and Europe. Mr. Calwell holds an MA in Energy and Resources from the University of California – Berkeley, and BA in Environmental Studies from Trinity University.
Mark Detsky is a partner with the law firm of Dietze & Davis. His practice involves matters related to water, energy and electricity, energy efficiency, project development, legislation and policy. His regulatory experience before the Colorado PUC includes electric resource planning, ratemaking proceedings, energy efficiency dockets and rulemakings. Mr. Detsky also practices before the FERC in matters related to transmission and hydropower development, and represents developers of natural gas and renewable energy projects, governmental entities, private and non-profit corporations. Mr. Detsky is a 2003 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law and a 1997 graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
David Houghton is also a founder and partner of Ecos Research. He previously founded Resource Engineering Group, one of the leading mechanical engineering firms in western Colorado, and was engineer of record for hundreds of building projects throughout the western U.S. Mr. Houghton served as a Director of Gunnison County Electric Association from 1999 to 2003, and was involved in decisions on line extensions, cost of service analysis, rate structures, emerging technologies, and other policy directives. He earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a registered Professional Engineer in several states, including Colorado.
Richie Moutoux has sixteen years of experience in engineering, research & development, management consulting, and project management with nine years in engineering, operations & maintenance of renewable energy systems. Richie is a founder and partner of Ethos Distributed Solutions, a market leader in distributed energy operations & maintenance. He has also served as a Lecturer in Power Systems at the University of Colorado in Boulder CO. His areas of expertise include AC & DC generators, electrical power engineering, wind and solar energy prediction and modeling, reliability optimization, energy storage, and integration of intermittent renewable energy resources into the power grid. Richie earned a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado and a M.S. and B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.
PB Schecter was a Rate/Financial Analyst for the Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) for seventeen years, during which time he performed class COS studies for both electric and natural gas public utilities. He was the OCC’s principal technical staff member on electric and gas energy efficiency proceedings, and on electric long-range resource planning proceedings. Mr. Schechter has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and an M.S. in telecommunication from the University of Colorado–Boulder.