Franklin Energy Acquires Build It Green’s Utility Business

October 1, 2019 Franklin Energy

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis., October 1, 2019 -- Franklin Energy, a leading provider of energy efficiency and grid optimization solutions, announced today that they have finalized the acquisition of Build It Green’s utility business, a boutique implementer of residential energy efficiency programs within California.


In addition to implementation services, Build It Green serves as a trusted advisor to local governments, utilities and others seeking to develop or enhance green building programs. This acquisition allows Franklin Energy to expand their work along the West Coast and align resources to continue developing innovative grid optimization programs throughout the country.

“This acquisition will enable more robust turnkey programs, continued innovation for clients, and more career advancement opportunities for staff in our utility business,” said Karin Burns, former Executive Director of Build It Green and new West Coast Regional Vice President for Franklin Energy.

“We are excited to refocus the Build It Green non-profit back on its original mission of promoting healthy, efficient and sustainable dwellings through our GreenPoint Rated system and related services,” said Karen Kho, the new Board Chair for Build It Green.

“We have already been working together, but we look forward to more formally welcoming the Build It Green utilities team into Franklin Energy,” said Paul Schueller, Franklin Energy CEO. “Their expert staff and industry experience will be valuable as we continue building solutions that meet our utility clients’ energy efficiency, demand response, grid optimization and customer engagement needs.”


About Franklin Energy

Franklin Energy delivers flexible energy efficiency and grid optimization programs that enable utilities to achieve their highest-priority goals. The company’s integrated in-house services and proven software provide deeper personalization and insights, acting as a true partner to utilities. Franklin’s NGAGE™ platform is a scalable end-to-end technology that seamlessly integrates utility portfolio programs into a single interface for more efficient management and more effective customer engagement. The company is celebrating its 25th year serving the utility industry, with solutions implemented by more than 1,000 experts in more than 60 offices across 26 states and provinces.


About Build it Green

Build It Green (BIG) is a nonprofit with a mission to create a world of healthy and sustainable homes for all people. We are driven by the recognition that housing is fundamental to our well-being and to our clean energy future. In California and beyond, Build It Green brings innovation to market, helping consumers, professionals, and public agencies to succeed. Together, we hold a vision that all communities will thrive—built on a foundation of homes that support our well-being and strengthen our resilience to climate change. Learn more at


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