Meet the Staff

meet the staff

Frank

Frank Richards
CEO

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Frank received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1968; has been a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1974 and in the State of Hawaii since 1997; is a Certified Energy Procurement Professional (CEP); and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers (on Board of Directors for Lincoln Chapter), the Association of Energy Engineers and Association of Facility Engineers. Prior to establishing Richards Energy Group in 1995, his industrial experience included 25 years with the Pennsylvania Power & Light Company and 2 years with the Eastman Kodak Company.

For over 20 years, Frank has dedicated himself to resolving energy issues for large and small industrial, commercial and institutional firms. Richards Energy Group, which Frank incorporated in 2003, now handles thousands of business electric accounts…shopping for electricity, retrofitting lighting, resolving utility issues, participating in Demand Response and performing energy studies…all activities to reduce or mitigate energy costs for clients.

Frank’s “win-win” approach to marketing and service to customers has resulted in national and regional recognition. He has presented several papers on energy issues at the World Energy Engineering Congress in Atlanta, the Competitive Energy Congress in Boston, West Coast Energy Management Congress in Anaheim, the Industrial Energy Technology Conference in Houston and the National Facility Management & Technology conference in Baltimore.

Coupling his engineering background with public presentation skills and a keen interest in motivating people, Frank has been able to provide a meaningful extension of his “win-win” philosophy, whether he is preparing REG’s next generation of leadership, teaching a customer about electric rates, or entertaining by singing folk songs with his guitar.

REG, Richards Energy Group, was established in Landisville, PA in 1995. REG has been an approved electric supplier in PA since 1999, licensed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. REG became a PA corporation in January, 2003.

Pete

Peter Richards
President

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Peter is the elder son of Frank. He began working with Frank in the dining room from day one helping to overcome technological hurdles on a part-time basis. He earned a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from York College of PA and worked for RV Industries doing engineering design and detailing. After spending a month backpacking solo through Europe, Pete joined forces full time with REG and delved into technology driven projects in Information Technology, Real Time Metering, Energy Audits, Sales Tax Audits, and Demand Side Response. Peter now heads up the Lighting and Technology Division where he and his team help customers transition seamlessly from older inefficient systems to energy efficient ones, sometimes overnight! Outside of work, Pete shares a passion for the arts and music with his partner Lindsey, and they can often be found performing in and around York or at their studio, the Sign of the Wagon. Peter holds an EIT in PA and the following AEE certificates: CEM, CEA, CSDP, BEP.

Tara

Tara Nordby
Vice President, Operations and COO

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Tara received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics from York College of Pennsylvania in 2000. She has over ten years of management experience with AllscriptsMisys and Genesis Systems, Inc. As REG’s COO & VP Operations, her primary role is to promote and maintain the company’s mission. In cooperation with the company President and the Core Leadership Team, Tara is charged with the task of achieving operational objectives by contributing information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; preparing and completing action plans; implementing processes to improve efficiencies, quality, and customer-service standards; and resolving problems.

Mike

Mike Frey
Vice President, Key Accounts & Business Development

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Mike is a Certified Energy Procurement Professional (CEP) and holds a BS of Economics & Finance. He has over 15 years’ energy industry experience. He serves as Vice President of Key Accounts at Richards Energy Group – supporting large commercial & industrial clients. Mike has strong technical expertise in a wide array of energy matters, including market knowledge and energy contracting in the industrial/commercial sector. Mike embraces a customer-centric approach and enjoys assisting clients with developing sound energy strategy and implementation. Mike has advised energy-consumers on a variety of energy contracts and retail products throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including PA, MD, DE, NJ, and OH. Mike provides professional energy counsel across multiple industry sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, government, education, non-profit organizations, and beyond. His range of experience includes electricity and natural gas procurement, utility tariff analysis, cogen/CHP analysis, solar analysis, renewable energy, utility consulting, bill auditing, contract negotiation, risk management, project management, account management, purchasing/RFP management, market analysis, and block & index purchasing strategies. He is a registered member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), an active participant of the Association for Facilities Engineering, Susquehanna-Chapter 45 (AFE), and registered as a Certified Energy Procurement Professional (CEP) since 2005.

Power Procurement

Julia

Julia Smith
Senior Analyst, Procurement Lead

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Julia is a technical assistant in the electric procurement department where she helps to secure favorable electric supply contracts for REAP (Richards Energy Affinity Program) members. Julia uses her background in data management and analysis to help evaluate pricing offers and options, perform account analyses, and summarize savings. She also reviews bills for accuracy, and works with customers and electric suppliers to resolve problems and answer questions. Julia has a master’s degree in wildlife biology from Frostburg State University and a bachelor’s in biology from Penn State University.

Steph

Stephanie Baylor
HR & Admin Manager

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Stephanie works in the procurement department where she helps to secure favorable electric supply contracts for REAP members, maintain our customer database, intake new clients, and provide customer care support. Stephanie is very systems and process oriented and is known in the procurement department as the “silent wheel” that keeps things rolling. During her eight years at Richards Energy, Stephanie has provided crucial support and administrative assistance in almost all areas of the company.

Linda

Linda Ulmer
Account Manager II

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Linda is the administrative assistant for REG and does all the invoicing for the company. She also assists the sales and marketing department in multiple marketing campaigns, research projects, mailings, and events. Linda has been with REG for two years.

Steve Hornung
Procurement

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Bio coming soon!

Chad Eichelberger
Procurement

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Bio coming soon!

Kevin Pratte

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Bio coming soon!

Lighting

Andrew

Andrew Fritz
Senior Lighting Coordinator

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As part of the lighting team at REG, Andrew conducts lighting audits and develops proposals. He is also responsible for lighting project management which includes processing invoices and purchase orders, dealing with product suppliers and working with the installation crews. Upon project completion, Andrew also works with utilities to secure rebates for our clients. Andrew has been with Richards Energy Group for five years and holds a degree in Economics from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. As a hobby, Andrew enjoys playing guitar in his church praise band.

Darin

Darin Torrey
Project Manager / Lead Installer

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Natural Gas & Consulting

Don

Don Hornung
Consulting and Fuels Manager

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Don has a 20 year background in commercial / industrial energy management and purchasing. He is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Purchasing Professional, and a Certified Energy Auditor. He has conducted nearly 30 facility audits in various industries over the last 5 years for the Richards Energy Group. Don also has 17 years of overlapping experience in environmental compliance and industrial hygiene after receiving his B.A. degree in the natural sciences.

Lisa Treible

Lisa Treible
Senior Engineer, Business Development

Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University. She has over 20 years of relevant energy industry experience working directly with industrial and commercial clients. Her background includes four years with Centerpoint Energy Services, eight years with Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, and nine years with Pennsylvania Power & Light.

Lisa is a Certified Industrial Gas Consultant, and also holds a degree in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University.

Recent Posts

FERC’s ‘Demand Response’ Rule Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court – Bloomberg

Today the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Demand Response programs. From Bloomberg:

FERC’s ‘Demand Response’ Rule Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court
Greg Stohr
January 25, 2016 — 10:03 AM EST Updated on January 25, 2016 — 10:14 AM EST

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to power generators, upholding a federal rule aimed at encouraging industrial consumers to cut electricity use.
The justices, voting 6-2, said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission acted within its authority with the order, which sets rates for an energy-saving practice known as “demand response.” The court also upheld the formula used by FERC.
The ruling is a missed opportunity for the country’s biggest energy generators, which were seeking a chance to widen their profits. A decision invalidating the rule would have benefited NRG Energy Inc., FirstEnergy Corp., Exelon Corp., Dynegy Inc., Talen Energy Corp., Calpine Corp., Public Service Enterprise Group and American Electric Power Co.
Major energy consumers, including aluminum producer Alcoa Inc., backed the rule, as did smart-grid companies such as EnerNOC Inc., which help large consumers reduce their power use.
The case centered on the U.S. Federal Power Act, which lets FERC regulate rates only at the wholesale level and leaves retail regulation in the hands of the states.
Justice Elena Kagan wrote the court’s majority opinion. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented. Justice Samuel Alito didn’t take part in the case because of a stock holding.

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