In the Trenches: Paul Kuck, the 'Accidental Energy Manager'
By Wendy Carhart, Ecova
Paul Kuck is an energy manager with Ecova.
A career as an energy manager almost didn’t happen for Paul Kuck.
You see, Paul received his degree in fine arts from the University of Oregon in 2000 and thought that he wanted to be a computer animator. However, as he learned more about the industry and got his hands “slightly wet,” he realized that the industry didn’t really appeal to him. He wanted to have more passion for his job, and he wanted his career to have a positive social benefit.
Who would have thought that the many years of working in the restaurant industry would eventually lead him to his current career as an energy manager? From the time Paul was 16 years old, he has worked in restaurants, holding a variety of positions ― host, waiter, cook and manager — eventually transitioning to the operations side of the industry as a project manager opening and remodeling restaurants.
Through this role, he quickly learned that there was a lack of information on how restaurants could be more energy efficient. Frustrated, he did his own research to help guide his efforts and eventually developed a website to share what he learned. Paul became an industry expert on the subject, and in 2009 started doing contract work for Ecova working with its restaurant clients. In 2010, he was hired as a permanent employee and began supporting the company’s many restaurant clients full-time.
As an Ecova energy manager, Paul continues his quest to make the restaurant industry more energy efficient. He spends much of his day conducting energy audits for clients, looking at those “low hanging fruit” opportunities, as well as longer term projects, such as capital improvements. In a restaurant, lighting, refrigerators, HVAC systems and fryers are all fair game for Paul. He leaves no stone left unturned.
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