John Kelly | U.S. Green Building Council
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At GBCI, John Kelly leads the development of a sustainable electricity rating
system and design guide modeled after LEED for buildings, called Performance
Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER). Just as LEED improved the ability
to compare the relative sustainability of buildings, PEER provides a common
design, performance, and verification methodology for the electricity sector
that scales to grids of all sizes.

Mr. Kelly worked with industry leaders for the past six years to research and
create innovative approaches to building sustainable electricity system. This
includes developing microgrid designs and prototypes that demonstrate the
art-of-the-possible in terms of consumer requirements for cost-efficiency,
conservation, environmental protection, and reliability.

Mr. Kelly provided consulting services to the electric and natural gas
industries for 30 years; focusing the past decade on developing innovative
sustainable energy plans and designs for cities, large multiuse developments,
and commercial buildings. This included authoring numerous research papers on
energy technology, electricity reliability, markets, pricing, smart grid
cost/benefit and state policy reform best practices.

Mr. Kelly holds a B.S. in energy engineering and completed studies in
electricity restructuring, and environmental engineering. He is a founder of
the National Energy Center for Sustainable Communities ( and is
also one of the founders and past treasurer of the Midwest Energy Efficiency
Alliance (