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April 8, 2022

Kurt Foley passes certified demand-side manager exam

Submitted by David A. Carter

Kurt Foley, energy specialist with the Kansas Energy Program in K-State Engineering Extension, recently passed the exam to become a certified demand-side manager. Foley becomes the first member of the Kansas Energy Program to earn this credential and is one of approximately 600 certified demand-side manager professionals certified by the Association of Energy Engineers.

The Kansas Energy Program works with energy professionals on various energy-related topics and having this widely recognized credential as part of the program’s portfolio increases the trust and confidence other energy organizations have in the services the program provides.

Demand-side management programs save energy and reduce peak electricity demand and are frequently used by utilities to help customers save on energy costs and reduce demand impacts. Demand response programs are a type of demand-side management implemented to reduce customer demand, particularly during times of heavy system demand or emergencies.

Foley first joined the Kansas Energy Program in November 2019 as a student working on a Master of Science in environmental policy and management, along with a graduate certificate in energy and sustainability. In June 2020, he became a full-time employee. In this short time, he has now passed the certified energy manager exam, the certified measurement and verification professional exam, and the certified demand-side manager exam.

"Kurt is just a phenomenal person and a dedicated energy professional," said David Carter, director of the Kansas Energy Program. "These exams are incredibly difficult, and he is now the first person within Engineering Extension to pass three of these exams in a short period of time."