September 22, 2017
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA — Everyday Energy is pleased to announce that Andy Blauvelt has joined its team as Senior Vice President, effective immediately. In his new capacity, Mr. Blauvelt will advance efforts by Everyday Energy to ensure that its renewable energy offerings remain attractive to multifamily affordable housing owners and fit appropriately into restricted financing and regulatory structures. He also works on public policy efforts to bring the benefits of clean renewable energy to low-income multifamily housing and the nearly half-million California households who live there.
As Everyday Energy’s resident “housing guy”, Andy ensures that the needs and goals of affordable housing owners, sponsors and residents are reflected across Everyday Energy’s offerings to maximize the value proposition to our customers.
Andy is an affordable housing veteran with a track record of innovation and success. He has spent his career in housing and community development, most recently as a housing and renewable energy consultant. His background includes service at the San Francisco City Planning Department, the Marin City Community Development Corporation and a dozen years as a project manager at EAH Housing. As manager of EAH’s solar efforts, he was among the original users of the path-breaking Multifamily Affordable Solar Homes program and helped forge implementation practices that have since spread industry-wide.
Andy earned his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a Masters of Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Andy has led the effort of a group of affordable housing owners to advocate for renewable energy policy at the California Legislature and California Public Utilities Commission as the coordinator of the MASH Coalition since 2014. The MASH Coalition has been influential as the CPUC has developed new rules to encourage the deployment of solar PV and other technologies on affordable housing. Andy was instrumental in the development of what eventually became AB 693 and worked with the MASH Coalition to be the only housing voice to support this groundbreaking legislation in hearings at the California Legislature.
Andy continually reminds regulators that affordable housing owners are in the housing business rather than the solar business, and unless regulatory policies recognize this key issue, California will not meet its policy objectives of bringing the benefits of renewable energy to low-income tenants.
With this in mind, Andy plans on making sure that all offerings by Everyday Energy are made available with a deep understanding of the nexus between regulatory mandates and practical adoption by multifamily affordable housing owners.
“We look forward to continuing our market-leading efforts to bring solar and other renewable energy solutions to multifamily affordable housing in California and beyond,” says Scott Sarem, CEO of Everyday Energy. “Over the past 8 years, Everyday Energy has provided about triple the amount of affordable housing solar as our next closest competitor. Bringing Andy Blauvelt into a leadership position in our company further strengthens our position as the leading innovators and experts in the field. With the advent of AB 693, it is even more important to have a deep understanding of the rules and how they relate to practical implementation.”
Andy responds, “It’s great to be able to combine my passions for affordable housing and renewable energy. I’m gratified to be able to join a like-minded team that is committed to expanding the boundaries in bringing renewable energy to affordable housing owners and tenants.”
Andy will be based in the Bay Area and serve as a Northern California point of contact for Everyday Energy.