Richard J. Costello, PE, MSEM, BSME, CEM
President, Acela Energy Group
Mr. Costello is the President of Acela Energy Group, an energy consulting group specializing in energy procurement, load management, energy conservation training, auditing, and on-site wind & solar generation projects. He has extensive experience in the fields of load management, utility services, energy conservation, as well as power, natural gas, and tariff-related negotiations and agreements.
Costello is a registered professional engineer and was previously the Power Supply Manager for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and a Senior Engineer in the Load Management Department of Boston Edison.
He holds a M.S. in Engineering Management from Western New England College and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. Mr. Costello also conducts Energy Seminars nationwide for the Association of Energy Engineers and was its National President in 2000. In 2003 he received the Energy Professional of the Year Award from the Association. In 2006, Costello was inducted into the Energy Managers Hall of Fame.
- Certified Energy Manager – Association of Energy Engineers ( Instructor)
- Certified Energy Procurement Professional – Association of Energy Engineers (Instructor)
- Certified Business Energy Professional – Association of Energy Engineers (Instructor)
- Qualified Energy Analyst – Association of Energy Engineers
- Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional – Association of Energy Engineers
- Certified Demand Side Management Professional – Association of Energy Engineers
- Certified Green Building Engineer – Association of Energy Engineers
Energy Manager, Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.
Mitch Gutell is the Energy Manager for Panda Restaurant Group, Inc., an Asian restaurant and foodservice company which owns and operates 1600 Panda Express, Hibachi San, and Panda Inn restaurants nationwide. He is responsible for all energy and utility oversight including energy efficiency initiatives and procurement. Mitch has been at Panda for 7 years.
Prior to joining Panda, he was Energy and Electrical Systems manager for BP’s U.S. Convenience Retail Unit where he was responsible for 1300 BP and ARCO gas stations and convenience stores. Mitch also worked at Southern California Edison as a Nuclear Engineer and Project Manager in their IT Strategic Planning organization.
Mitch holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from West Coast University and an MBA from University of Phoenix. he is a member of Edison Electric Institute’s Customer Advisory Board, Ecova’s Client Advisory Board, and the Business Advisory Panel for Southern California Edison.
NAO, Integrys Energy Services
Robert Hedrich is the National Accounts Originator of Integrys Energy Services, Inc. Mr. Hedrich began his energy career in 1993 with Howard Energy, a deregulated natural gas supplier, as an Account Executive and subsequently served as Manager. In 1999, Bob moved to WPS Energy Services, Inc. as Senior Account Executive. In 2005, Bob was charged with leading the sales of WPS new EMS group. Since 2009, as NAO, he has responsibility for the national sales effort for the non-regulated energy marketing business. Bob serviced as a trainer to new employees on Energy Procurement and on Energy Solutions.
Mr. Hedrich holds an Associate degree in Business from Moraine Valley College and a Bachelor degree in Management and Leadership from Kennedy Western University. He is an active member in many associations and services as Planning Group Member for the Edison Electric Institute. Mr. Hedrich is a veteran of the United States Army.