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John J. "Jack" Mc Gowan, CEM
The Mc Gowan Group

Jack Mc Gowan

Jack McGowan is Principal with The McGowan Group, an energy and business consultancy.  He is former CEO and President of Energy Control Inc. (ECI), an OpTerra Energy company.  McGowan is Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Department of Energy GridWise Architecture Council. He is a Senior Fellow with the Governing Institute working on energy, sustainability and Smart Cities. He is Founding Co-Chair of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology Building to Grid Working Group.  McGowan has been an industry leader in Building Automation and Energy Services, while also working with utilities, government and industry across the U.S. on Demand Response and Smart Grid Projects. The Association of Energy Engineers has named him a Fellow in 2013, admitted him to the “International Energy Managers Hall of Fame” in 2003 and named him “International Energy Professional of the Year” in 1997.  Under his leadership, ECI won a 2008 American Business Award sponsored by Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal as Best Overall Company in the U.S. with less than 100 employees. McGowan is an author with 5 books on Fairmont Press and Prentice Hall and has published over 200 articles.  McGowan is an internationally known energy, buildings and technology expert, and was chosen by his peers as 2006 Visionary at the Builconn Intelligent Buildings event.  He was named Newsmaker of the Year by in 2007.   

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Web-enabled Energy Services - Performance Contracting, Energy E-commerce and Beyond

Related articles prepared by Jack McGowan for Energy Users News

As if on cue, the newest trend in energy management, real-time energy systems, offers companies valuable management tools to deal with the economic downturn. Many companies have reduced capital spending, but energy projects that are self-funding investments and improve the way companies do business still make sense.

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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Energy professionals who share the blessings, or curses, of both age and perspective may feel some gratification that energy issues are at the forefront of the national consciousness once again. The energy crisis, of course, is unwelcome, and energy managers have become good at implementing conservation projects using other motivators, typically cost reduction.

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Current trends in automation require the facility manager to think outside the confines of the building envelope. The old controls industry has gone virtual, providing tools that many owners and energy users are only beginning to recognize.

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The business world today seems to be divided into those who are part of the fast-paced Internet market and those experiencing the general uneasiness associated with being left behind. Many see tremendous e-commerce opportunities everywhere, even in bricks and mortar businesses like energy management. Many in the energy industry also see Internet business opportunities but recognize how difficult it is to make an energy management business interactive. Some companies, however, are applying the inherent creativity of the energy management business to old problems and coming up with e-solutions.

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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Ten years ago, what answer would be given to the question of what new innovation in energy management will have the most far-reaching impact on the discipline? BACnet, LonWorks, or other communication standards, pre-integrated microprocessor-based control for HVAC, and design/build construction techniques were included in all the market research studies of the early 1990s. Certainly each of these innovations has changed the industry. What, though, of the next decade? What innovation will have the most far-reaching impact?

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Professional Information

Mr. Mc Gowan is an Energy Consultant, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mc Gowan has served as a business leader and technical expert for building automation and energy services for more than three decades, working with commercial buildings and customers in every vertical market.

During his 30+ year career in Industry and Government, Mc Gowan has been:

Mc Gowan published five books and over 200 articles on business and technical topics, including:

[an error occurred while processing this directive]Mc Gowan has published over 200 articles and technical papers, and is a regular speaker at national & international conferences, and association meetings.

He is a member of the Engineered Systems Technical Advisory Board, and a Contributing Editor to the Online Magazine

Mc Gowan has developed and delivered seminars for the Association of Energy Engineers in the United States, and the Centre for Management Technology in Southeast Asia. He also teaches technical and business courses at the University of Phoenix and the University of New Mexico.

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) named Mr. Mc Gowan a "Fellow" in 2013, to the "International Energy Managers Hall of Fame" in 2003 and "International Professional of The Year" in 1997.

He has been listed in Who's Who in the World (1999) and Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Millennium Edition and 1994-1995, 1996-1997 editions, Marquis / Reed Publishing.

Mc Gowan is a: 

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