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About-Intro


“A business is an entity with more revenue than expenses. A sustainability plan gives more resources back to the environment than it takes away. Therefore, a sustainable business generates profits while giving back to the environment.”

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About-Intro


“A business is an entity with more revenue than expenses. A sustainability plan gives more resources back to the environment than it takes away. Therefore, a sustainable business generates profits while giving back to the environment.”

Jimmy Jia is an educator, innovator and entrepreneur, who enjoys large systems problems. He has a multi-disciplinary background, ranging from inventor, author, salesman, educator, strategist, and speaker. He has applied his expertise to creating solutions in sustainable energy, whether in finance, policy, knowledge management, operations or product design. 

As co-founder and CEO of Distributed Energy Management, he acts as the Chief Utility Officer helping clients reduce their over consumption of utilities. He has developed a patented financial platform that helps CFOs understand their opportunity costs of better utility management. The EPA estimates that over 30% of all energy is wasted in the USA, totaling an aggregate of nearly $100 Billion dollars per year. With rigorous performance targets for a total utility budget, business owners can gain control of capital and operational costs, reduce uncertainty of operations and lower energy expenses. He has helped numerous clients capture their wasted expenditures and reinvest it for productive economic benefit.

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About-Educator


Effective leaders must navigate the societal conundrums created at the intersection of energy, environment and the economy.”

About-Educator


Effective leaders must navigate the societal conundrums created at the intersection of energy, environment and the economy.”

As an educator, he leads the Sustainable Energy Solutions Certificate program at Pinchot University. A year-long course, he educates MBA students on how to incorporate energy issues into the decision making process. The program uniquely fills the gap between unmet consumer demand and available technology solutions. Energy, students learn, is merely a tool that helps us reach our societal goals. Customers are demanding environmentally friendly sources, resiliency, reliability and stability from their energy providers. Students learn how to adopt businesses to meet these new needs. 

His book, Driven by Demand: How Energy Gets its Power, published by Cambridge University Press, demonstrates how companies and countries have used outcome-oriented energy approaches to reduce their carbon footprint. It explores topics of mobility, security, comfort and resilience as core values for the energy sector to address. He has also written numerous articles about best practices in energy management, including for Harvard Business Review.

Jimmy is also active in speaking, either as keynotes or moderating panels. He speaks on topics including entrepreneurship, smart grid, energy futures, the built environment and energy finance. His workshops have helped companies discover easy strategies in utility management that achieve significant results. His lectures are impactful and reframe the energy problem in ways that are simple, effective and achievable.

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About-Community


“Technology innovations happen at the intersections of disciplines. Energy innovations will happen at the intersections of our major energy infrastructures”

About-Community


“Technology innovations happen at the intersections of disciplines. Energy innovations will happen at the intersections of our major energy infrastructures”

He is also active in his community in Puget Sound. As Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest, he leads an all-volunteer organization to produce a dozen events in technology innovation and entrepreneurship every year. These programs include the Future of Fun, Science Fiction Meets Technology, Meet the Angels and others that support the innovation economy. He is also on the board of the CleanTech Alliance of Washington State and a member of the steering committee for the Energy Futures conference of Washington.

He holds a BS and MS from MIT where he also minored in music performance. As a member of the MIT Symphony Orchestra, he toured the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and England. He was also music director of the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players and studied under Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Harbison. He received his MBA from the University of Oxford where he was a member of Oxford Entrepreneurs and Energy Business Network. 

 

About-Series


 

This three-part series discusses how he entered into the energy industry.

Why I Went Into Energy Part I

Why I Went Into Energy Part II

Why I Went Into Energy Part III

 

About-Series


 

This three-part series discusses how he entered into the energy industry.

Why I Went Into Energy Part I

Why I Went Into Energy Part II

Why I Went Into Energy Part III