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Energy

{ Creating a cleaner, more efficient
and resilient future }

Over the coming decades, how we produce, store, deliver and consume energy will drastically change. OBG is helping our clients achieve this transformation.

Evolving to meet today’s energy needs.

In recent years, rising costs and shortages have forced U.S. companies to begin evolving from a state of energy dependence to energy independence. At OBG, we’ve seen our thinking evolve, too. Today, we’re delivering more sustainable and efficient solutions than ever before — within natural and built environments.

Planning & resiliency

Stability, continuity, security, and independence. At OBG, we take each of these into account when designing resilient energy systems that maximize efficiency, while providing protection from local, regional, and national power failures.



To keep pace with client demand for renewable energy, OBG provides comprehensive feasibility studies, design, and installation services for renewable technologies — all designed to lower environmental impact while achieving cost and energy savings.

Microgrids & storage

As the energy supply chain continues to transform from large, centralized generation to smaller, more nimble onsite grids, our engineers are developing “edge-of-the-grid” solutions that lower energy costs, increase reliability — and decrease dependence on constrained, local energy networks.

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Utilities & infrastructure

Today’s central utilities and energy infrastructure confront numerous challenges. The OBG team delivers smart, sustainable solutions for systems efficiency, expansion, emissions, and end of life — within natural and built environments.

Case Studies

There’s a way to answer every challenge with integrity.

Our case studies best illustrate how our integrated approach blends expertise from across our company into every project while adhering to our mission in every phase.

The staff at OBG established excellent working relationships with the respective personnel; negotiated the local politics that arose during the project; produced useful, comprehensive reports detailing existing conditions, opportunities for energy savings and short-, medium-, and long-term projects to effect those savings.

Arthur Fasolino
PE, Director, Energy & Facility Sustainability, City University of New York (CUNY)

OBG was selected to assist our University in developing an energy master plan … I have never worked with a more responsive and professional organization and would recommend them to anyone seeking an innovative and comprehensive solution for energy and sustainability.

Tim Sweet
Director, Energy Systems & Sustainability, Management Syracuse University

“It is an exciting time in the energy marketplace...and OBG is creating numerous opportunities in the private and public sector, allowing consumers to capitalize on new technologies, while advancing regulatory structures and creating a more dynamic marketplace…”

Darek Letkiewicz, PE, CEM, LEED AP
Senior VP Energy Service Leader

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O’Brien & Gere Insights:

SUNY/PPAA & NYAPPA joint summer conference

July 19, 2017—OBG energy experts recently participated in the State University of New York Physical Plant Administration Association (SUNY/PPAA) and New York Chapter of APPA (NYAPPA) joint summer conference: Energizing your Campus on July 11-13, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. The annual conference brings together all disciplines of facilities maintenance and planning&... Read more...

ASSE Safety 2017 Conference

June 28, 2017—OBG environmental experts recently presented during the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference & Exposition on June 19-22 in Denver, Colorado. The annual conference brings together more than 4,000 occupational safety and health professionals to learn about best practices, case... Read more...

Visioning space to support facility repurposing

May 03, 2017—There’s a growing trend in the industrial real estate market—the abandoned assets of yesterday’s assembly line-based manufacturing are becoming today’s opportunities for the advanced manufacturing market. Building upon the due diligence of the founding architects of the “Location, Location, Location” site selection mantra, adaptive reuse can... Read more...

Annual Joint Technical Conference of the CNY Chapters of A&WMA and AIHA

May 01, 2017—OBG experts recently presented during the 21st Annual Joint Technical Conference of the Central New York Chapters of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) on March 28, 2017 in Skaneateles, New York. This conference brings experts together to discuss ... Read more...

Design challenges of a low level radioactive waste incinerator

March 22, 2017—A nuclear power plant located in Canada employs a solid and liquid waste incinerator to dispose of low level radioactive waste materials generated by plant maintenance activities. A number of safety and reliability issues prompted a detailed analysis of the plant’s design, resulting in many engineering and equipment ch... Read more...

Plant Engineers Council: Energy Event

March 03, 2017—While natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy bring focus to the susceptibility or resiliency of our electrical system to catastrophic events, business owners know too well the implications of diminished power quality and momentary interruptions that they face on a daily basis. New York State has put forth a large number... Read more...

Energy Storage Applications for Municipal Utilities in NY

October 24, 2016—On October 20, 2016, OBG power engineering expert Mohammad Mojdehi, PhD participated in the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) Annual Energy Storage Technology Conference in Syracuse, NY. The annual conference focuses on the latest technological advances, research development, and commercialization efforts in fuel... Read more...

International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies & Hazardous Waste Combustors

October 07, 2016—OBG is pleased to have sponsored and participated in the 35th Annual International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies & Hazardous Waste Combustors (IT3/HWC) on October 4-6, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  During the conference, a team of OBG energy and advanced manufacturing ... Read more...

North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety School

August 12, 2016—OBG recently sponsored and presented during the North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety (EEHS) School, which took place on August 8-9, 2016 at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Hosted by the North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, the annual conference provides multiple courses on complying with... Read more...

Changes to OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard and USEPA’s Risk Management Program - How Modified Guidance and Revised Regulations May Affect Your Facility

August 12, 2016—In the March 14, 2016 Federal Register, USEPA proposed significant revisions to its accidental release prevention requirements, often referred to as the Risk Management Program (RMP) (40 CFR Part 68). This proposed rule follows a 2014 Request for Information in which USEPA proposed a number of significant changes to the RMP rule, which was first... Read more...

SUNY/PPAA & NYAPPA 2016 Summer Conference

August 04, 2016—OBG energy experts recently presented during the SUNY/PPAA & NYAPPA 2016 Summer Conference, which took place on August 3, 2016 at Ithaca College in NY. The annual conference brings together all disciplines of facilities maintenance and planning for educational sessions on technology and emerging trends, operations and maintenance, and management. Rob Neimeier... Read more...

Microgrids for Campuses presentation available

June 23, 2016—A report published by Pike Research in 2011 projected the total installed generation capacity for campus microgrids would increase by 164% between 2011 and 2017, rising from 620 megawatts to 1.6 gigawatts.  Read more...

Emergency Generators – New Rules that May Affect Your Facility

February 25, 2016— Distributed generation (DG) sources are engines used to supply electricity outside that which is supplied by the electrical grid. This on-site generation of electricity by DG sources is used by a wide range of facilities either in non-emergency situations that reduce demand on the electric grid and preserve the overall... Read more...

Clean Power Plan: Building blocks to combat climate change

October 01, 2015—History was made on August 3, 2015, when President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final Clean Power Plan, a historic step in the Administration’s effort to drive toward a cleaner energy sector and combat climate change. The Clean Power Plan is a broad mix of pu... Read more...

Solving common industry challenges with incinerator systems

September 16, 2015—Incineration systems and rotary kilns are commonly used by municipalities and large industrial facilities to safely dispose of solid, liquid, and gaseous wastes generated by their waste collection and production processes. Over time, waste constituencies, as well as the performance characteristics of system equipment, can change. Additionally, installed systems that... Read more...

What you need to know: Step-by-step approach to NY cooling tower regulations

September 10, 2015— Recent outbreaks and the prevalence of Legionella bacteria in cooling towers has led the New York State (NYS) Department of Health to enact emergency regulations for all cooling tower owners statewide. These new regulations have established critical deadlines and guidance to protect the public from further exposure to the bacteria.... Read more...

Avoiding mistakes and managing challenges in developing community microgrids

July 31, 2015—Before developing a community microgrid, it’s important to engage the right experts and take into account certain market challenges, as detailed in this excerpt from our new report with Microgrid Knowledge and the International District Energy Association, “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and... Read more...

Financing community microgrids

July 29, 2015—Financing community microgrids may require piecing together funding from a variety of potential sources, as detailed in this excerpt from our new report with Microgrid Knowledge and the International District Energy Association, “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy.” Financing community micr... Read more...

Four good reasons for community microgrids

July 20, 2015—It is clear why city leaders are turning their attention to community microgrids. Energy is the lifeblood of any contemporary community, and severe storms in recent years have revealed the vulnerability of the central grid. Taking into account the priorities of city leaders — infrastructure, finance, and economic development —... Read more...

Microgrid basics for community leaders: A primer on advanced microgrids

July 17, 2015—What are advanced microgrids, and why are they becoming so important to the electricity grid? Here is a primer excerpted from our new report with Microgrid Knowledge and the International District Energy Association, “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy.” Evolution of t... Read more...

What community microgrids offer to North American cities and towns

July 15, 2015—MicrogridKnowledge.com has released a guide, created with OBG and the International District Energy Association, to assist mayors and other city leaders who are exploring development of community microgrids as a way to gain more local control over their energy supply. The report, “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and Ci... Read more...

MicrogridKnowledge.com releases guide on community microgrids

June 19, 2015— MicrogridKnowledge.com has released a guide, created with OBG and the International District Energy Association, to assist mayors and other city leaders who are exploring development of community microgrids as a way to gain more local control over their energy supply. The report, “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and Ci... Read more...

Energy master planning case studies of New York State campuses

June 10, 2015—An energy master plan provides a road map for informed decisions that support energy reduction goals, facility stewardship and operational effectiveness. In addition to typical building energy conservation measures, an EMP addresses O&M best practices, alternative energy strategies, and potential onsite power generation and district energy opportunities. OBG’s... Read more...

OBG welcomes Schuyler Engineering

April 28, 2015—SYRACUSE—O’Brien & Gere announced today that it has acquired Schuyler Engineering, P.C. (Schuyler), a leading engineering firm based in Long Island, NY with extensive experience in central utility plant and energy system design with clients throughout the New York and New Jersey metropolitan region. The acquisition supports O’Br... Read more...