Bendewald is a veteran in the clean energy industry, working 10 years at Rocky Mountain Institute.
Texas Energy Aggregation, LLC (“Texas Energy”) is pleased to announce the hire of Michael (Mike) Bendewald, who joins senior leadership as chief operating officer. Mike comes to Texas Energy from Rocky Mountain Institute, a globally renowned non-profit focusing on the transition of energy use to renewable energy and energy efficiency. Mike will oversee the operations of Texas Energy, and will help State entities, schools, cities, universities, and others reduce energy costs and improve budget certainty.
“For the first time ever, Texas State agencies and other public entities who use the State energy contract have a clear method to compare and procure long-term, wholesale renewable power,” Texas Energy President and Founder TJ Ermoian said. “We are tremendously excited to bring Mike onboard to boost our collective experience and expertise with renewables, and to strengthen our ongoing partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute, which is the premier think tank for charting the path toward a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.”
Mr. Bendewald’s work at Rocky Mountain Institute included U.S. commercial real estate consulting and education, launching a zero-carbon real estate development program in China, and managing a program that helps rural cooperative utilities buy more solar. Mr. Bendewald has also guest lectured for several years at University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. Texas Energy and Rocky Mountain Institute are currently partnering on a request for proposals for solar photovoltaics and battery storage, on behalf of seven Texas electric cooperative utilities and University of North Texas.
“The Texas electricity marketplace offers the perfect setting to use the competitiveness of renewable energy to reduce energy costs,” Bendewald said. “I am very excited to join Texas Energy, which as the State-selected vendor is in perfect position to help State agencies and other public entities reduce energy cost burden and get on the path to a highly renewable future.”
About Texas Energy Aggregation. Founded in 2002, Texas Energy Aggregation has served the State of Texas through the electricity sourcing services contract since 2011. Netting taxpayers over $54 million in electricity savings for the four largest State agencies, Texas Energy has also saved millions of dollars for school districts, universities and municipalities. In 2014, Texas Energy was voted #1 in the nation for ethics, innovation, customer service and contract negotiation by The Energy Professionals Association. Over the course of three legislative sessions, Texas Energy founder TJ Ermoian spearheaded legislation and eventually shepherded passage of HB 1064, which has saved millions of dollars annually for small businesses, schools, churches, athletic and performing arts facilities throughout Texas.