I'm considering performing residential energy audits in Rhode Island but have been very fusrated in finding any reliable info on how to apply to enter whatever programs are active. I have seen and contacted Rise engineering and National grid. Both seem to have connections to audits but neither will return a email or phone call.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? Any help would be gratly appreciated!

Mark

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Hi Mark,

I doubt you are going to like my answer but it is going to be really tough to crank up a profitable energy auditing business with the amount of competition already out there, and many of them have years of field experience.

First, this isn't a high demand time of year for RI.  You are in a mixed climate but the people concerned about ac were looking 2 months ago and the heating season is a month or two away.  Be patient.

Second, what do you want to do, work for someone else as an employee or operate your own business?  And, what experience and certifications do you have?

That will get the conversation started.

Bud

Hi Bud,

Thanks for the reply! I'd likely not be performing audits myself (I know exactly how tough the HPC bussiness is to make money in... ) What I really need is simply the contact info for the programs in RI to see what contractor requirements are so I can make some decisions about partnering or other options. The problem is it seems like if you are in the programs you know who to contact, but if not they don't want you to know anything about how to enter the programs. Kind of annoying! Any contact info would be very appreciated.

Mark

Well glad you are not one of the newbies (as I was) thinking they could provide a service to home owners and make a living doing so.  Our government decided that isn't what they wanted.  Unfortunately I have no information on RI, but in Maine I have run across references to energy committees within our state government.  Perhaps going to the top and working back down will be more fruitful.

 

On the positive side, at least positive for you perhaps, building and energy codes have become far more complicated and beg for people with expertise on how to meet them.  I'm a bit old to go back and chase this rabbit but builders and contractors, IMO, are or will be struggling to meet the future standards.

 

Best,

Bud

The RI program is managed by a single contractor with home audits performed by subcontractors who follow a prescribed process and what I believe is a fixed payout for measures. Unless you have an established energy business unlikely you will be considered. The CT program HES, or "Home Energy Solutions" has approx 30 vendors with vendor selection based on an RFP process every 2 years administered by both Eversource and United Illuminating. HES contractor requirements for selection are tough; not only in experience and BPI certification, but also in liability insurance required. MASS SAVES is another option to consider

I'd likely not be performing audits myself (I know exactly how tough the HPC bussiness is to make money in... ) What I really need is simply the contact info for the programs in RI to see what contractor requirements are so I can make some decisions about partnering or other options. 

Mark, what work is it you do or hope to do? What assistance are you hoping the state will provide? 

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