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Jennifer Amann |  Lucas Isakowitz |  Derek Smith |  Gretchen Schimelpfenig
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Oct 26, 2021
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The US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service engaged the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Resource Innovation Institute (RII) in April 2021 to initiate the three-year Conservation Innovation Grant project entitled Data-driven market transformation for efficient, sustainable controlled environment agriculture (CEA). The first objective in the project is to characterize the market to inform the development of a strategy to transform the market toward efficient cultivation practices and thus enhance the competitiveness of farmers while advancing energy savings, carbon emissions reductions and more resilient communities.

The research objectives for this market characterization report were the following

  1. Describe the supply chain, key market actors, barriers to energy efficiency, and the best leverage points for market interventions;
  2. Describe the energy used by producers (including on-site renewable energy, microgrids, and backup generation);
  3. Describe the energy and non-energy benefits realized through implementation of efficiency projects;
  4. Identify key market baselines to be used in evaluating the impact of the market transformation initiative over time.


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Jennifer Amann's Profile

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Buildings Program Director

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Jennifer Thorne Amann is the Buildings Program Director at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Since joining ACEEE in 1997, she has authored dozens of publications and articles on buildings and equipment efficiency technologies, policies, and programs. Jennifer leads content development for ACEEE’s consumer-focused website,

Her current work focuses on maximizing energy savings from key buildings policies including building codes and appliance standards, scaling up retrofit activity in homes and commercial buildings with an emphasis on deep retrofits, expanding opportunities for energy savings in low-income and multifamily housing, and analyzing new opportunities for energy efficiency in the buildings sector. Jennifer brings to ACEEE several years’ experience in the environmental technology field and has experience in community organizing and education on a variety of environmental and consumer issues.

Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors of the Attachments Energy Rating Council and the Resource Innovation Institute. She is an NCQLP Lighting Certified Professional. Jennifer earned a Master of Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Trinity University

Lucas Isakowitz's Profile

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Lucas Isakowitz is currently a Presidential Management Fellow at the Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA) where he helps manage the Conservation Innovation Grant program, and deals with carbon market/conservation finance projects. He is slated to go on rotation to USAID in the fall to work on their climate solutions team – to implement carbon projects abroad. He graduated from the Yale School of Environment in 2020, with a master’s degree in environmental policy.

Derek Smith's Profile

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Executive Director

Resource Innovation Institute

As Executive Director, Derek provides overall leadership and strategic direction. Derek engages RII’s advisory bodies, including the Strategic Advisory Council and Technical Advisory Council Leadership Committees, develops global partnerships and oversees the organization’s policy work.

Before RII, Derek led Clean Energy Works, recognized as one of the most successful American Recovery & Reinvestment Act ("stimulus") programs. He has directed energy programs for the City of Portland, managed operations for a VC-backed start-up and created an award-winning corporate sustainability program for a national retailer. Derek has testified to the US Senate Energy Committee and briefed the US Secretary of Energy.

Derek enjoys playing and listening to a range of music, soccer (especially his hometown Portland Timbers), hiking and travel.