Portrait of Philip Coleman

Phil Coleman

Sustainable Federal Operations
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
723 Yale Avenue
Swarthmore PA 19081-1806
(610) 604-0170

Philip E. Coleman is a research analyst and program manager in the Sustainable Federal Operations Group of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, and is also affiliated with the Electricity Markets and Policy Group in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division.  He helps design and deploy federal energy conservation initiatives, primarily on behalf of the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), focused on energy savings performance contracting, federal uptake of incentives and demand response opportunities, and dynamic pricing.

Phil is the author of over a dozen publications, mostly covering topics related to public sector energy efficiency.  As part of his international work, he has advised the governments of Mexico, Chile, India, and Jordan on energy efficiency issues.  In 2009, he was a member of an international group of experts, sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which counseled the Chilean government on its energy conservation strategies in the wake of an acute electricity supply shortage. In 2014-15, he worked on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development to help develop policies and action plans to assist the government of Jordan in reducing its energy use and cost following dramatic increases in that country’s electricity expenses due to supply interruptions.

Before joining the lab in 1996, Phil worked at Engelhard/ICC, a manufacturer of desiccant air conditioning equipment, and Wirtshafter Associates, an energy consulting firm.  Phil has a Master of Science in energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania and also holds the Association of Energy Engineers’ Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) designations.

In addition to his professional pursuits, Phil is the president of aFewSteps.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions in the communities of his local school district outside of Philadelphia.

This publications database is an ongoing project, and not all Division publications are represented here yet.



Coleman, Philip. "Escalation Rates in Energy Savings Performance Contracts." Energy Engineering 112, no. 5 (2015). Download: PDF (1.02 MB)
Coleman, Philip. Guide to Promoting an Energy Efficient Public Sector (PePS). United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 2015. Download: PDF (2.14 MB)


Coleman, Philip, Shankar Earni, and Charles H. Williams. "Could what that ESCO sales rep said really be true? Savings realization rates in ESPC versus bid-to-spec projects." In 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, CA, 2014. Download: PDF (1.11 MB)


Earni, Shankar, Philip Coleman, and Mark D. Sanders. Integrated Framework toward a Closed Loop Measurement and Verification Approach In ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. Vol. 1., 2011. Download: PDF (463.65 KB)


Coleman, Philip, Christopher T. Payne, and Richard G. White. A Plea for Simpler Electricity Tariffs In 2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Vol. 7., 2008. Download: PDF (297.43 KB)


Van Wie McGrory, Laura, Philip Coleman, David Fridley, Jeffrey P. Harris, and Edgar Villasenor Franco. Two Paths to Transforming Markets through Public Sector Energy Efficiency: Bottom Up versus Top Down In 2006 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings . Vol. 6. Pacific Grove, CA, 2006. Download: PDF (280.13 KB)


Coleman, Philip, and Jeffrey P. Harris. Public Sector Leadership: Government Purchasing of Energy-efficient Products to Save Energy and “Pull” the Market In Kuwait ASST Workshop on Energy Conservation in Buildings. Energy Efficiency for Fuelling the World. Kuwait, 2004. Download: PDF (85.58 KB)


Shugars, John, Philip Coleman, Christopher T. Payne, and Laura Van Wie McGrory. Bridging the Efficiency Gap: Commercial Packaged Rooftop Air Conditioners In Proceedings from the 2000 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings . Vol. 10., 2000. Download: PDF (1.07 MB)

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