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NAESCO Appoints New Ombudsman

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 12, 2024 - R. Keith Gordon, a practicing attorney with Duncan Weinberg Genzer & Pembroke, P.C., specializing in Green and Sustainable Development, Renewable Energy Projects, Smart Building Technologies, Environmental, Social and Governance ("ESG") issues, and large-scale real estate development, has been appointed as the new Ombudsman for the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO). Mr. Gordon succeeds Rob Lipstein of LARC Consultants, LLC, who commendably served as NAESCO's Ombudsman for the past decade.

In addition to his new role as Ombudsman, Mr. Gordon contributes his expertise to NAESCO's Accreditation Committee, further strengthening his commitment to advancing ethical standards within the energy service industry. Mr. Gordon also serves as a Board Member for the City of Franklin, TN Sustainability Commission. Furthermore, he holds the position of Board Member and General Counsel for TenneSEIA, the Tennessee Chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association.

As Ombudsman, Mr. Gordon will leverage his legal and business background and extensive experience working with ESCOs, sustainability and renewable energy project developers, and contractors. His primary focus will be on conducting investigations based on submitted complaints from both end customers/clients and peer companies in the industry.

"I am honored to take on the role of Ombudsman for NAESCO and follow in the footsteps of Rob Lipstein. I am committed to upholding NAESCO's ethical guidelines and working towards the organization's goal of maintaining a fair and mutually beneficial environment for all its members," Mr. Gordon stated upon accepting the position.

Mr. Gordon emphasizes that the role of NAESCO's Ombudsman is not to mediate or arbitrate disputes but to review complaints in light of NAESCO's ethical guidelines. The goal is to ensure that member companies adhere to the highest ethical standards, fostering a positive and collaborative industry environment.

NAESCO remains dedicated to ensuring that its member companies act in ways that promote the collective success of the industry, and Mr. Gordon is well-positioned to contribute significantly to this mission. To learn more about NAESCO's Ombudsman, visit


The National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) is the leading advocacy and accreditation organization for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and is dedicated to modernizing America's building infrastructure. Uniting the energy service industry, NAESCO promotes favorable government policies, sponsors a rigorous accreditation program, provides training and education, and champions the interests of ESCOs across the nation.

ESCOs contract with private and public sector energy users to provide cost-effective energy efficiency retrofits across a wide spectrum of client facilities, from college campuses to water treatment plants. Effectively utilizing a performance-based contract business model, ESCOs have implemented more than $70 billion in comprehensive energy efficiency retrofit projects over the last three decades.

Learn more about NAESCO, its members, membership benefits, and the accreditation process at, and follow NAESCO on Twitter (@NaescoNews) and LinkedIn (@naesco).

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Julie Chesna

On behalf of NAESCO