Steve O’Neil

Managing Partner


Steve O'Neil, MSc, has twenty years of professional experience with environmental-related organizations including executive management, advisor, corporate governance, and founding entrepreneur.

Steve founded Applied Energy Conservation Systems, now Consensus Energy, a commercial and industrial energy-savings consulting firm. He is owner of the St. Elmo Building, a 14 unit commercial complex in the heart of historic St. Elmo, Tennessee. He is an advisor with Watershed Capital, an investment and advisory group focused on companies committed to financial, environmental and social returns.

Mr. O'Neil has served as Executive Director of the Chattanooga Nature Center, Executive Director of SouthWings and SE Regional Director of Center for the Restoration of Waters @ Ocean Arks International. Mr. O'Neil has also held Board positions with the Chattanooga Nature Center, the City of Chattanooga’s Climate Action Plan Executive Committee (Vice Chair), and the Dogwood Alliance in North Carolina (past Chair).

Steve holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters in Environmental Science from University of Dublin, Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland.

Ben Taube



Ben Taube is the President of BLT Sustainable Energy, Inc.  Ben has many years of working with the public and private sector at the local, state, and federal levels.  Ben has spent many years of his career working across the globe on behalf of many cleantech companies.

Ben Taube also serves as a Senior Vice President for Evaporcool LLC, partner of Consensus Energy, and a Senior Strategic Advisor of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) which is a nonprofit headquartered in Atlanta, GA with a mission to deploy energy efficiency across 11 southeast States. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, Ben served as the Public Affairs Manager for the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute where he was responsible for planning, coordinating, and communicating GREENGUARD's activities, capabilities, goals, and priorities to a variety of audiences. Ben also worked as the Director of Government Affairs for EcoSMART Technologies.  Prior to EcoSMART, Ben served as the Environmental Manager for the City of Atlanta with the responsibilities of developing and enhancing environmental initiatives and policy.  

Ben was recently awarded the 2011 Atlanta Business Chronicle Environmental Emerging Leader Award.  Ben is Immediate Past Chair of the Atlanta Chapter of the USGBC; Chair of the Local Energy Alliance Program in Charlottesville, VA; 2008 Recipient of the Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 under 40 leaders; member of the Atlanta Regional Commission 50 Forward Initiative; and serves on the Board of the Green Chamber of the South; Board of Directors of the American Israel Chamber of Commerce, Gwinnet Technical College Green Advisory Board, and on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Conservation Voters.  Mr. Taube has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Memphis and a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver.

Ed Outlaw, CPA


Ed Outlaw has extensive experience with tax credits and incentives. Prior to founding Outlaw Consulting in 1998, he specialized in state tax credits and economic development incentives as a consultant with various Big 5 accounting firms. Ed has worked with numerous companies in a variety of industries to negotiate incentives for expansions and relocations, and to help companies take advantage of state tax credits. His educational background includes an undergraduate degree from Emory University and a Masters degree in Taxation from Georgia State University.

Ray Segars, CEM


Ray Segars has 30 years experience in the utility industry as a power engineer and independent consultant. He advises national account and multi-location, commercial and industrial customers on financial and technical issues related to electric, gas, water and waste utilities and deregulation. He develops energy management strategies for clients and prepares them for electric and gas deregulation. His efforts reduce clients' energy costs by lowering energy consumption, tariff & contract re-negotiation, and competition in deregulated markets. Ray’s education includes an MBA and MS in Marketing from Georgia State University and BS in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech. The Association of Energy Engineers has accredited Ray with the designation of Certified Energy Manager.

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