Carl Nelson

Director of Program Development

Carl Nelson has been with CEE since 2009. Carl has over 15 years’ experience in the assessment and implementation of a broad array of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, including wind, solar and biomass. His policy experience has focused on partnership building and sound analysis of energy policy. He currently coordinates the development of new program initiatives at CEE.

Carl has a B.A. from Macalester College and an M.S. in Technology, Energy and the Environment from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. 


  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the Association of Energy Engineers
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute
  • Certified Energy Auditor by the Dunwoody Institute

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Program Management
Home Energy Squad – Carl was the program manager for this residential program for 5 years, which was a recipient of ACEEE’s Exemplary Program award
Energy Fit Homes – Carl oversaw the development of this existing homes certification program
Multifamily Energy Savings Program– Carl developed the program design, and oversaw implementation of this program for 3 years
Energy Efficient Cities – Carl was the program manager for this 6-city, 7-utility pilot program, which was later merged into the Home Energy Squad for Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy
Direct Install Plus Multifamily Buildings Pilot – Carl developed and oversaw the implementation of this pilot
Statewide Energy Efficiency and Carbon Savings Potential Study – Carl is the project manager for this large research project
Process Evaluation of Minnesota EnergyScoreCards Multifamily Benchmarking Pilot– Carl conducted a process evaluation for a 500-building pilot program targeting the multifamily buildings sector

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