Born in Chicago, IL, Peter Schwartz began his energy career over 38 years ago. His deep energy and utility experience combined with innovative approaches to technology has led him to be an internationally recognized and a frequent speaker on energy efficiency, building and Smart Grid technologies. He currently is a Principal Investigator and Program Manger 4, Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he manages research teams investigating advanced, networked lighting controls and demand response-enabling technologies.
Previously, as Head of Department, he directed DNV GL's Program Technical Services Group (TSG) developing a "knowledge center" supporting major utility clients across the nation, including creating advanced analysis tools. TSG promulgates innovative energy-efficiency (EE), demand response (DR) and distributed energy resource (DER) programs. He developed and implemented LINCS™ (Lighting and Intelligent Network Controls System) program for major utilities across the U.S.
His former energy-consulting firm, Peter Schwartz & Associates, LLC, specialized in large energy infrastructure, strategic planning, research and project development.
Recently as VP Business Development of LUMEnergi, Inc., he was a catalyst behind market transformative change promoting advanced lighting control technologies. He is the former Founding Board President and Senior Program Director with the New Buildings Institute, promoting advanced building energy technologies, energy codes, standards and design guidelines. He managed NBI's 2001 Advanced Lighting Guidelines project and NBI's $6 million Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.
Prior to NBI, Mr. Schwartz was Director of Business Analysis for LAS & Associates, an energy-consulting corporation focusing on integrated infrastructure investments. He managed demand-side and supply-side energy projects for large, multi-facility institutional clients including: universities, San Francisco International Airport and the Navy Public Works Center—San Diego. Total project value exceeded $500 million.
Prior to LAS, he was Director of Business Energy Management and a Senior Program Manager with PG&E's $76 million Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs. Mr. Schwartz also worked as a Senior Marketing Engineer for the Pacific Energy Center, where he educated more than 3,000 design professionals, building developers, facility managers and contractors on energy-efficient technologies, advanced lighting systems and sustainable building design.
He received his bachelor's degree in environmental physics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, specializing in technology assessment, energy policy and environmental politics, and his master's degree in environmental planning from Arizona State University, specializing in building energy technology and analysis.