Meet the Partners
Jay Raphaelson is a pioneer in the energy and real estate industry who specializes in finding creative solutions for clients. Before sub-metering and Electric Rent Inclusion were standard, electricity was included in the tenant lease. Jay was asked by the principal of a major real estate firm to create a methodology to reimburse the owner for the tenants’ cost of electricity. In response, he created one of the first electric rent inclusion clauses that allowed owners to capture a realistic share of the monthly utility bills from tenants. This process became standardized through the NYC commercial real estate market and is a practice still employed today.
While founder and President of Utility Programs and Metering, he co-developed the first remotely read electricity metering system that was used for private electric meter reading and billing. Jay is also responsible for the largest utility refunds in New York City history — $3 million for electricity and $750K for steam. He is also responsible for several Public Service Commission tariff changes resulting from his work. He is a sought after speaker presenting for the New York Bar association, BOMA, The Real Estate Board of NY, NYU Real Estate Institute and for clients. As president of the New York Energy Buyers Forum, he reached out to the Owners Committee on Electric Rates to propose a merger. He was instrumental in merging the two organizations, creating the New York Energy Consumers Council, the largest advocacy group in NYC representing commercial real estate owners in New York City.
Jay volunteers his time as a mentor in StreetWise Partners, an organization that transforms the lives of disadvantaged, low-income individuals by helping them realize their career potential. He is a graduate of Temple University, holds an MBA in Corporate Sustainability from Green Mountain College, and is an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Green Mountain College.
CERTIFICATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
- New York Energy Consumers Council – President Emeritus
- Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC Energy Policy Task Force – Co-Chair of Infrastructure Committee
- Building Owners and Managers Association – Energy Committee
- Real Estate Board of New York
- Association of Energy Engineers
- Certified Energy Purchaser
Diana Sweeney is an energy executive with 25 years of experience in the energy and commercial real estate industries. A 2007 Enterprising Women of the Year finalist and a 2012 Energy New York Awards honoree for energy leadership, Diana directs EnergyWatch’s employees in providing industry leading energy consulting services for its clients.
Prior to co-founding EnergyWatch in 2000, Diana was a contract negotiator, account manager in property management, and Director of Energy Services for Edward S Gordon / Insignia, a commercial real estate firm that was purchased by CBRE. Diana’s years of experience working for a real estate owner and manager allows her to provide unique insights to EnergyWatch’s clients.
Since May 2014, Diana has been the Executive Director of the New York Energy Consumers Council (NYECC), the largest energy customer advocacy organization in New York State. From NYECC’s inception, Diana’s involvement was instrumental in the formation of the organization following the consolidation in July 2004 of the Owners’ Committee on Electric Rates and the New York Energy Buyers Forum, two of New York’s former premier organizations representing the interests of energy consumers. Ms. Sweeney is also a past Co-President and Board Member of the NYECC.
Diana has volunteered her time as founder and manager of a reading program for children with incarcerated parents, a one-to-one mentor with the NY Public School system, and as a volunteer with the Special Olympics. She is a graduate of St. John’s University and holds a Masters in Real Estate Investment from NYU Schack.
Over the past eight years, Andy Anderson has become the go-to expert in energy commodity markets, utility tariffs, and utility data analytics. Leveraging his futures and options trading experience and Columbia Business School education with a focus on data analytics and decision making, Andy advises some of the largest commercial and corporate real estate portfolios in the US on their energy management practices.
As Managing Director at EnergyWatch, Andy Anderson leads the procurement team in the management of approximately $1 billion in electricity, natural gas, and renewable energy commodities, as well as leading the analysts in managing utility data for over 200 million square feet of Class A commercial real estate, industrial and manufacturing, retail, and non-profit clients. Andy is responsible for managing the development team in creating, refining, and maintaining EnergyWatch’s products, most recently building a cloud based, flexible utility data database, capable of integrating with any web API.
Andy graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College and holds an MBA with Dean’s Graduation Honors from Columbia Business School.
CERTIFICATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
- New York Energy Consumers Council – Board of Directors
- Certified Measurement and Verification Professional – AEE
- LEED AP O+M
- Commodity Trading Advisor
- Urban Green Council
Syed has spent the past 14 years building enterprise technology systems and managing software teams for large financial institutions and more recently energy consulting. With his background in computer science and Columbia Business School degree, Syed is pioneering scalable cloud-based solutions for energy analytics products at EnergyWatch.
As Director of Software Engineering at EnergyWatch, Syed is the owner for all technology functions including strategy, product engineering, budgeting, and resources supporting the development of energy management products and services for commercial real estate portfolio managers. Key responsibilities include architecture of web platforms, APIs, and databases while ensuring scalability, security and agile software practices. Prior to EnergyWatch, Syed was a Senior Engineer at Standard & Poor’s where he led the development of risk management platforms. Prior to S&P, Syed was an Assistant VP at Deutsche Bank in charge of implementing regulatory risk systems for the compliance department. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Syed was a Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young where he implemented information systems at various financial service clients.
Syed graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Stony Brook and holds an MBA with Dean’s Graduation Honors from Columbia Business School.