Abdullah Ahmed

Mr. Abdullah Y Ahmed is the principal of Occidental Analytical Group (OAG) a consulting engineering firm. The firm’s primary focus is in the evaluation, demonstration, and incorporation of energy efficiency and demand response technologies for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. He has in the past provided valuable advice and support to entrepreneurs and developers of new and emerging technologies. His depth of knowledge of customer needs, the market and technology especially from the

Ahmed was the Emerging Technologies (ET) Program manager for Sempra Energy Utilities (SEU), a conglomerate of Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric Company, from 2005 until 2015. Mr. Ahmed managed a $12 million dollar Emerging Technologies Program for the utilities, funded tri-annually through utility Energy Efficiency filings with the California Public Utilities Commission. The goal of the ET program is to evaluate new and emerging energy efficiency natural gas technologies, and energy efficiency and demand response electric technologies. The program also works directly with technology developers to provide them important feedback on their product from the perspectives of functionality, utility program fit and cost effectiveness. Since taking over the ET program at both utilities companies, he transformed the groups into pro-active, visionary, and goal-oriented organizations that conducted field assessments of a large number of technologies in lighting, cooling, heating, water heating, controls, and processes. A significant number of these assessments and evaluations are expected to become part of SEU’s Energy Efficiency and Demand Response portfolio of incentive programs. His program was an early sponsor of the cleantech activities throughout the state including the California Clean Tech Open, the ET Technology Forums, the bi-annual ET Summit Conference, the Cal-Tech’s FLoW program, the CEC funded EISG program and a number of industry initiatives for commercialization of new energy efficiency technologies. He has participated and/or collaborated in projects and programs funded by the California Energy Commission PIER and EPIC programs, DOE SBIR/STTR projects and ARRA funding. He has worked closely with R&D organizations across the USA.

From 1989-2005 Mr. Ahmed was the president of Occidental Analytical Group a consulting engineering firm in Walnut, CA. The company provided professional engineering services to Energy Service Companies and large commercial and industrial clients. The company also provided services to the utility industry in the form of design, planning, implementation and evaluation of third party energy efficiency programs. Mr. Ahmed has over 15 years of utility experience and over 25 years of consulting experience in the energy field. Mr. Ahmed holds a First Class Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dibrugarh University, India and a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from University of Missouri-Rolla.