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Project leadership staff

Meet our project leadership staff. If you engage Peregrine for a consulting project, one of these experts will serve as your project lead with us.

Our team has worked in both the public and private sectors. They understand the perspective of both vendor and customer. And they bring experience from a broad array of disciplines, including energy, policy, municipal planning, and information design.

HeadShot_PaulGromerPaul Gromer, CEO and Founder

Paul leads Peregrine’s major consulting engagements, helping clients to solve complex energy problems and to design and implement programs to reduce energy use, costs, and emissions. He also conceived and managed the development of Peregrine Focus, Peregrine’s energy information reporting tool, which is currently collecting and reporting energy use data for over 100,000 utility accounts and tens of thousands of state, municipal, and private buildings.

Before founding Peregrine, Paul was Commissioner of Energy Resources for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he was responsible for state energy policy and state energy programs. He was also Chairman of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Council.

Paul is also a regulatory attorney and has represented energy companies before public utility commissions in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and New York. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School.

Headshot_SteveWeisman_80x77Steven Weisman, Vice President, Energy Management Services

Steve leads energy management engagements and owner’s agent projects. He brings 30 years of experience in the energy services field to Peregrine. His expertise includes program and project design and implementation, strategic planning, and community resource development in energy efficiency and renewable energy development.

Before joining Peregrine, Steven served as Director of the Green Power Group for the
Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust. His prior professional experience includes work with national and New England energy services providers, as well as with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy Resources. Steven holds an MA in Regional Planning with a focus on Community Resource Development from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

HeadShot_FranCummings_81x77Fran Cummings, Vice President, Strategic Consulting

Fran leads strategic consulting projects that touch on policy, the smart grid, and the analysis and facilitation of strategies to integrate renewable energy, low-carbon distributed generation, and energy efficiency into utility networks and urban socio-economic networks. His expertise includes multi-stakeholder collaboration, market and regulatory analysis, and energy program design.

Fran brings more than 25 years of experience in the energy services field. His background includes 10 years as Policy Director for the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust and for the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources, and more than 15 years of experience as an energy consultant for public and private sector clients. His expertise includes distributed generation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid planning, and carbon markets.

Fran is an expert in group facilitation with training in collaborative problem solving and conflict management. He has in-depth knowledge of local, state, and federal energy policies and programs, as well as Massachusetts utility-provided programs and services. He holds a BS in economics from Harvard College.

Headshot_SG Sam Gechter, Vice President, Product Management & Operations

Sam leads engagements that feature energy data reporting and analysis. He brings 14 years of experience in information management and information design to Peregrine, where he built the most recent version of the Peregrine Focus reporting interface and oversees the integration of energy use and emissions information for all Peregrine Focus clients.

Before joining Peregrine in 2009, Sam served as the Analyst for Monitoring, Evaluation and Policy at the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust. Prior experience includes Systems Administrator for Hill International, Internet Advocacy Manager for M & R Strategic Services, and Web Information Architect for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. Sam is a certified Project Management Professional and holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.

Headshot_JohnSnell_80x77John Snell, Director, Analytical Services

John leads engagements with educational institutions, housing authorities and community-based housing organizations, and circuit-level metering. John championed the integration of circuit-level metering into Pergrine’s portfolio of offerings and led the development of Peregrine Focus on Building Performance. He has also been recognized nationally for his efforts to address energy and related health issues in multi-unit housing. He has been engaged in energy management in the multifamily and affordable housing arenas for nearly 25 years and has participated in all phases of energy project development. His involvement includes 15 years at Citizens Conservation Corporation, an energy services company that used performance contracting to develop efficiency projects in multi-unit housing. John holds a BA in history from The Colorado College.