Advanced Energy recently brought on George Sharpe to be the
new Director of Utility Programs. A North Carolina native, George grew up in both North and South Carolina, and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He comes to Advanced Energy with more than 30 years of professional experience in both the business and engineering worlds, and greatly bolsters the company’s team.
After earning his Professional Engineer’s license, George spent two decades at Carolina Power & Light Co. and Progress Energy, working with large accounts, and economic and business development. He later transitioned into the architectural, engineering and construction industry, where he held a variety of business development roles.
When George saw the position at Advanced Energy, he could not pass it up. “If I could design a job, this would be it. It is an exact fit for my skill set, prior working experience and interests,” he said.
As Director of Utility Programs, George will work with and support electric utilities, with a specific focus on working with electric cooperatives. He will be tasked with sharing and promoting ideas for energy efficiency programs that will benefit both customers and the utility. His extensive work history lends itself well to these goals.
“I see George’s primary attributes as his engineering knowledge, utility background and his ability to form solutions to meet our customers’ unique needs,” commented Dr. Robert Koger, President of Advanced Energy.
George explained that he is excited about working at Advanced Energy not only for the professional element, but for the personal side as well. He has been impressed with the people at Advanced Energy. He noted their talent, dedication and desire to help other people, which has been central to George, as well. In the community, George serves on the Advisory Board of the Kraft Family YMCA and is president of the Raleigh Engineers Club.
George’s personal qualities and long history of professional success will allow him to effectively respond to the challenges facing the energy industry, utilities community and Advanced Energy.
“Having the opportunity to work for Advanced Energy was exciting because I could make energy a priority. Energy has been attracting my attention throughout my career, and now being able to put it first is a pleasant experience,” he said. “An overarching goal of mine is to make Advanced Energy the energy expert of choice. I want to help communicate that message to other companies, so more will know to choose us for consulting, research, testing, education, and program design.”