Community EnergyEnergy Efficiency
Thomas G. Bourgeois
Deputy Director
(914) 422-4013

Tom Bourgeois is the Deputy Director at the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace Law School in White Plains, NY.  He is Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Northeast CHP (Combined Heat and Power) Technical Assistance Partnership based at Pace University. He co-directs the Partnership with Dr. Beka Kosanovic at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Mechanical Engineering. He and Dr. Kosanovic have lead this Center since 2004.

Tom has researched and written extensively on the market conditions, market potential, and regulatory, market and technical barriers to microgrids, CHP, distributed generation, demand response, and renewable energy.

He served as co-chair of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning’s Distributed Generation (DG) Working Group, from March 2012  - June 2013. He is among a group of experts assisting New York State in preparing the New York State Microgrid Study completed in December 2014. The Pace Center is working with the City of Boston and State agencies in Massachusetts to promote the development of community energy projects.  The Pace Center is also listed as a resource for the Connecticut Microgrid Pilot Program. The At the request of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment he delivered technical webinar presentations to communities interested in the Microgrid Pilot Program Phase II on April 3rd  and April 4th 2014.  

Tom has been principal investigator or contributing author for more than a dozen research studies performed for such organizations as New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Labs, Argonne National Labs, and National Association of State Energy Offices. In 2008, Tom was recipient of the CHP Champion Award, presented by the U.S. CHP Association, the trade association for the CHP industry. Tom has been contributing author on numerous briefs and other submissions to the Public Service Commission in New York and the Department of Public Utilities in New Jersey.

In May 2014 the Northeast CHP Initiative (NECHPI) , named Mr. Bourgeois as recipient of the NECHPI Award for achievements in promoting CHP in the Northeast.

Tom holds a Masters in Regional Planning from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and has completed all Ph.D. coursework and qualifying examinations in Managerial Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI, Troy NY).


Accounting for the Value of Energy Resiliency in Buildings

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are fresh in our minds. We read of the homes, businesses, healthcare facilities the customers numbering in the millions who were without power. Although unpleasant for most, not having power, heating and cooling can be fatal for some.



CHP in Hospital

CHP provides economic, reliable, and clean energy that is well suited to provide the vast energy needs of a hospital.

Powering Through Storms

Combined Heat and Power delivers business continutiy, risk reduction, and critical infrastructure resiliency benefits during times of extreme weath

Combined Heat and Power on Brownfield Sites

Remediated brownfield sites offer an attractive and underutilized opportunity for siting clean distributed gen

Realizing Real-Time Pricing’s Promise: What CHP Offers MHP

Real-time pricing (RTP) programs provide economic incentives for customers to reduce energy consumption during peak hours.

State Experiences with Financial Incentives to Promote Clean Distributed Energy: Greenhouse Gas Reductions with CHP

Many states have promulgated energy incentive schemes to achieve a wide variety of policy goals.

Microgrids & District Energy: Pathways to Sustainable Urban Development

This report provides an introduction to microgrid concepts, identifies the benefits and most common road blocks to implementation, and discusses pr

The Role of Distributed Generation in Power Quality and Reliability

The nature of business and power consumption has changed considerably over the last two decades.

Community Microgrids: Smarter, Cleaner, Greener

Community Microgrids: Smarter, Cle

Community Energy Brief: CHP in Hospitals

Combined heat and power (CHP) systems can provide power, hot water, and space heating and cooling more reliably, more efficiently, and at lower cos

Community Energy Brief: Powering Through Storms

Combined heat and power delivers business continuity, risk reduction and critical infrastructure resiliency benefits during grid outages caused by