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Mission

Capital E is a premier provider of strategic consulting, technology assessment and deployment, and advisory services to firms and investors in the clean energy industry.
Who We Are

Principals:
 
F. Henry Habicht II
Gregory H. Kats
Dr. Joseph Romm

Staff:
 
Ted Caplow
Jeffrey Perlman
James Rogers
Jonathan Braman

Capital E's strength stems from who we are. The backgrounds of the three Principals and key staff are described below. With our network of relationships, the Capital E team provides unmatched depth and expertise in distributed energy, combining very strong business, government, technical, energy and environmental expertise and a track record of success in both the private and public sectors.

F. Henry Habicht II

Hank Habicht

Hank Habicht has had a 20-year career in the environmental and energy fields that includes leadership positions in business and senior Presidential appointments in government.   He serves as a Commissioner on the National Commission on Energy Policy, and serves as a Member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.  Mr. Habicht has served as CEO of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation (GETF), a leading non-profit which focuses on demonstration projects and internet-based tools for promoting innovative technologies in the energy and environmental fields.  He also currently serves as a Managing Partner of SAIL Venture Partners.  Mr. Habicht is on the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition and the National Advisory Board for the National Renewable Energy Lab, and was a Founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy.

From 1993-1998, Mr. Habicht served as Senior Vice President of Safety-Kleen Corporation, a billion-dollar environmental services company.  His responsibilities included corporate development, corporate account sales and environment, health and safety. Mr. Habicht worked with partners and investment banks and acquired early stage companies in information, chemical management, water treatment, and related outsourcing services.  His team grew large corporate account relationships by 40% by building partnerships with companies ranging from General Electric and IBM to Home Depot. 

Mr. Habicht served as a presidential appointee in both the Reagan and first Bush administrations.  He led the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1983-1987, and managed all national litigation related to energy and resource development and environmental policy. He also served as Deputy Administrator (Chief Operating Officer) of the Environmental Protection Agency in the Bush Administration from 1989-1993 with Administrator William Reilly.  While at EPA, Mr. Habicht oversaw a $7 billion budget and 18,000 employees. 

Private sector experience also includes serving as Vice President of William D. Ruckelshaus Associates, where he counseled corporate clients and helped serve as advisor to a large environmental venture fund.  Hank serves on numerous Boards and received degrees from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Gregory H. Kats

Greg Kats currently serves as Managing Director of Good Energies, a leading investor in solar energy, wind energy, load management and green buildings.  He is a Senior Advisor to Cherokee Investment Partners, the country’s largest private brownfields development fund (with over $5 billion in projected green developments) and serves on Cherokee’s Sustainability Board. He is the lead advisor to the cast and ductile iron industries in guiding greening and green branding of their building products. He has been the Principal Advisor in developing $1 billion of green low income housing, involving Enterprise Community Partnership, JPMorgan Chase, Fannie Mae, American Institute of Architects, etc. (www.greencommunitiesonline.org/about-partners.asp)

Mr. Kats served as the Director of Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (1996-2001). With a $1 billion budget, it is the country’s largest clean technology development and deployment program, including over $400 million annually in high performance building technology development and deployment. Mr. Kats was responsible while at DOE for a range of inter-agency and inter-departmental initiatives relating to technology development and deployment, and legislation and policy development.  He initiated and led DOE’s successful effort to persuade the SEC to lift key restrictions on domestic and international expansion of US energy service companies.  He co-founded and, from 1995 to 2001 chaired the International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol, (www.ipmvp.org) that has served as a technical basis for $8 billion in building upgrades, and translated into 10 languages. 

Mr. Kats serves as Chair of the Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group for LEED (the national green building standard) and serves on the LEED Steering Committee. Mr. Kats is the Principal Author of the most widely cited study on the cost and benefits of green buildings, conducted for 40 California state agencies. The study is cited as a primary rationale for the 2004 California Executive order requiring all future state public construction and retrofits be green, and for similar initiatives such as New York City legislation (adopted Sept 05) requiring all future public construction be green. He is the lead author for the most rigorous evaluation to date of the costs and benefits of green schools, and is a principal author of Green Office Buildings: a Practical Guide to Development, (Urban Land Institute, 2005).

Mr. Kats led the energy design charette in CambridgeEngland for BP-owned property to be developed into a town of 60,000 north of London, intended to be the greenest town in Europe. He led a national technical review (for the US EPA) of the performance of Energy Star commercial and public buildings (Energy Star is used in 21,000 commercial buildings), and served as a founding Finance Co-Chair, the American Council on Renewable Energy. Mr. Kats is a founder of New Resource Bank (www.newresourcebank.com), the country’s first green bank.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Kats served in various marketing and sales management positions for Reuters Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in ParisGeneva and then London, including European Marketing Manager.  In the latter capacity, he was responsible for product positioning, pricing, and marketing for a range of financial information services Europe-wide, and for negotiating acquisition of specific media-related properties. During this period he also served as environmental advisor to the British billionaire corporate investor, Sir James Goldsmith.

Mr. Kats earned an MBA from Stanford University and, concurrently, an MPA from Princeton University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and graduated with highest honors from UNC Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar. He is a certified energy manager, a LEED Accredited Professional and serves on a half dozen private and public boards. See list of recent speeches.

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Dr. Joseph Romm

Joe Romm

Dr. Joseph Romm is a leading energy technology expert, consulting with businesses such as IBM, Johnson & Johnson, and Nike on energy technology and environmental strategy.  He is author of the first book to benchmark corporate best practices for using distributed energy and other advanced energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:  Cool Companies:  How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity By Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions.  Dr. Romm is also author of the widely publicized 1999 study, The Internet Economy and Global Warming, which examined the current and future impact of e-commerce on energy use (available at www.cool-companies.org).  Dr. Romm performed the first environmental analysis of a system integrating cogenerating fuel cells, fly wheels, and power electronics for the purpose of achieving very high-availability power.

Dr. Romm was Acting Assistant Secretary at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy during 1997 and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary from August 1995 though June 1998.  In that capacity, he helped manage the largest program in the world for helping businesses develop and use advanced energy technologies to cut costs, increase reliability, and reduce pollution:  $1 billion aimed at the industrial, utility, transportation, and buildings sectors.  The program is the lead federal agency for developing technologies such as PEM fuel cells, microturbines, cogeneration, building controls, photovoltaics and other renewables, and hydrogen production and storage. Dr. Romm was in charge of technology analysis for the Office.  He helped lead formulation of the Administration's climate change technology strategy.  He initiated, supervised, and publicized a comprehensive technical analysis by five national laboratories of the energy technologies best able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. Dr. Romm helped launch the program’s efforts on PM fuel cell applications.  He served as Special Assistant for Policy and Planning to Deputy Energy Secretary Bill White from July 1993 to July 1995.

Dr Romm holds a Ph.D. in physics from M.I.T.  He has written and lectured widely on distributed energy, clean technologies, business and environment issues, including articles in Technology Review, Forbes, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Washington Post, Science magazine, and The Industry Standard.  

Watch a recent lecture by Dr. Romm at the UC Berkely Energy Symposium, The Rosenfeld Effect:  Session Five. April, 2006.

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Ted Caplow holds a BA from Harvard and an MS from Princeton (Mech. Eng.), where he studied at the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies. At Princeton, he received an NSF fellowship, a Link Foundation Energy Research Fellowship, and a Guggenheim departmental fellowship. Mr. Caplow authored a 240 pp. thesis on small thermal power systems. He studied mechanical engineering at Columbia University, where he worked in the Building Technology Laboratory and conducted early stage computational fluid modeling of 3‑dimensional air and heat flow patterns in buildings. Mr. Caplow worked as a naval engineer at Sparkman & Stephens where he was responsible for a broad array of technical aspects of yacht design and modeling.  For Capital E, he has undertaken detailed technical and competitive analysis of a range of clean energy generation technologies.

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Jeffrey Perlman has experience in renewable energy technology engineering, evaluation and assessment as well as solar PV system design. His projects for Capital E have included cost/benefit analysis, technology evaluation, market analysis, and investment potential assessment of solar power companies and green buildings.  He is a trained designer and installer of off-grid and grid-tied PV systems, and a LEED accredited professional. He holds a BS in Applied Physics from Yale University, where his coursework focused on semiconductor and superconductor device physics. Jeff has also worked for IBM as a researcher in advanced chip technology development and as a computer technology consultant.

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James Rogers has managed $150 million of on-time, on-budget energy efficiency and energy systems upgrades of commercial and public facilities.  Since 1992, he has advised utilities, major corporations, energy service companies, states and federal agencies on developing large-scale energy efficiency and distributed generation programs and has focused on addressing IEQ issues through application of innovative technology and system design. He served as Vice President of EUA Cogenex, a national energy service company engaged in energy management, conservation and cogeneration for industrial, commercial, and institutional clients nationwide. From 1980 to 1989, Mr. Rogers was Corporate Manager of Energy and Environmental Affairs for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), with 600 facilities worldwide. Mr. Rogers also was responsible for energy and served as Director of Environmental and Energy Conservation at Raytheon Company (worldwide).  Jim received an MBA from Northeastern University.  He is a Certified Energy Manager, a Registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional, and a Certified Demand Side Management Professional.  

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Jonathan Braman was a contributing researcher to the 2006 report, “Greening America’s Schools: Costs and Benefits” and has presented the findings of the study at green school conferences and meetings in Ohio, North Carolina and Kentucky.  Mr. Braman is currently leading the data collection effort for a new national Capital E cost/benefit study examining both green buildings and green community developments.  His previous articles have been published in Orion magazine and Orion Online.  He has worked on energy and sustainability issues with the State Public Interest Research Groups and managed a sustainable homestead in Hawaii.  He holds a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology form Yale University and as an undergraduate received a National Science Foundation grant to study outbreaks of mountain pine beetle in the Northern Rockies.  In addition to his work at Capital E, Mr. Braman is an independent ukulele hip-hop artist, writing and performing music that deals with issues of sustainability and the environment.

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