Staff Biography for Howard Geller

Howard Geller is the Executive Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), a public interest venture he founded in 2001. Based in Boulder, CO, SWEEP promotes policies and programs to advance energy efficiency in a six-state region that includes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Howard also leads SWEEP’s work on utility energy efficiency policy and programs.

Dr. Geller is the former Executive Director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). He established ACEEE’s Washington, D.C. office in 1981, stepping down as Executive Director in February 2001. He built ACEEE’s reputation and influence through technical and policy assessments, advice to policy makers, development of energy efficiency programs, and services to energy efficiency professionals.  

Dr. Geller has advised and conducted energy efficiency studies for utilities, governmental organizations, and international agencies. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on energy issues many times and has influenced key energy legislation, including the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 and the Energy Policy Act of 1992. He is author or co‑author of four books. His most recent book, Energy Revolution: Policies for a Sustainable Future, was published in 2003 by Island Press.

In addition to his work in the United States, Dr. Geller has spent significant time working on energy efficiency issues in Brazil. He helped to start Brazil's National Electricity Conservation Program (PROCEL), and helped Brazil develop and implement energy efficiency legislation.

Dr. Geller received the 1998 Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest by the American Physical Society in recognition of his contributions to national appliance efficiency standards and more efficient energy use in general. In 2007, he received the Mary Kilmarx Award from the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Dr. Geller is a member of the editorial advisory board for the journal Energy Policy, and was the associate editor for energy efficiency for the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy. He served on the Panel on Energy Efficiency Technologies convened by the National Research Council in 2007-08.

Dr. Geller received his PhD in Energy Policy from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil in 2002. He holds a Masters degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.